NBA Roundup: Harden hits pair of late threes, 76ers outscore Nets

PHILADELPHIA — James Harden hit two three-pointers and had a driving layup in the final four minutes against his former Brooklyn teammates and the Philadelphia 76ers stretched their winning streak to six games, outscoring the Nets 137-133 on Wednesday night.

Tyrese Maxey led the 76ers with 27 points, and Joel Embiid had 26. Harden added 23, and Philadelphia was 35 of 36 from the foul line.

Seth Curry had a season-high 32 points for Brooklyn. Kyrie Irving had 30 for the Nets, who have lost five of the last seven games without Kevin Durant.

The game was the first regular-season matchup between Embiid and former teammate Ben Simmons since a February 2022 trade that sent Simmons to Brooklyn for Harden. Simmons missed the rest of the 2022 season with various injuries, then Embiid was injured and missed the Sixers’ win in Simmons’ Philadelphia return Nov. 22.

MAGIC 126, PACERS 120

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Paolo Banchero scored 23 points, Garry Harris made all six of his three-pointers and added 22 points and Orlando held Indiana.

Orlando made 15 of 28 attempts from three-point range and shot 56 per cent overall.

Bennedict Mathurin had 26 points for Indiana for the second straight game. Myles Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

BUCKS 107, NUGGETS 99

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 33 points and 14 rebounds to help Milwaukee beat defeated short-handed Denver.

The Western Conference-leading Nuggets were missing four usual starters in two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (left hamstring tightness), Jamal Murray (left knee/injury management), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (sprained right wrist) and Michael Porter Jr. ( personal reasons).

Jokic returned Tuesday night after missing two games and had his fourth straight triple-double in a 99-98 victory at New Orleans. But he rested the hamstring Wednesday rather than playing on back-to-back nights.

Aaron Gordon had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets.

TIMBERWOLVES 111, PELICANS 102

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Edwards scored 37 points, Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 12 rebounds in his return from a groin injury, and Minnesota spoiled New Orleans star Brandon Ingram’s return from a two-month absence.

Ingram, who hadn’t played since Nov. 25 and had missed 29 games with a left toe injury, scored 13 points but struggled with his shot, missing 14 of 18, including all six attempts from deep.

CJ McCollum scored 25 points, and Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans. They lost their sixth straight and dropped their ninth in the 12 games missed by star power forward Zion Williamson (right hamstring).

WIZARDS 108, ROCKETS 103

HOUSTON — Kyle Kuzma scored 20 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to help Washington rally past Houston.

The Wizards trailed by 19 points and were down by 10 to open the fourth quarter.

Houston’s Alperen Sengun had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double.

HAWKS 137, THUNDER 132

OKLAHOMA CITY — Trae Young had 33 points and 11 assists in Atlanta’s victory over Oklahoma City.

Dejounte Murray scored 21 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 36 points for Oklahoma City.

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