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

PHILADELPHIA – James Harden hit two three-pointers and made a driving layup in the final four minutes against his former Brooklyn teammates and the Philadelphia 76ers extended their winning streak to six games with a 137-133 victory over the Nets on Wednesday night. gave

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

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

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

Magic 126, Pacers 120

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Paolo Banchero scored 23 points, Gary Harris made all six of his 3-pointers and added 22 points as Orlando held off Indiana.

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

Benedict Matheren had 26 points for the second straight game for Indiana. 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 shorthanded Denver.

The Western Conference-leading Nuggets are without two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic (left hamstring strain), Jamal Murray (left knee/injury management), Kentavis Caldwell Pope (sprained right wrist) and Michael Porter Jr. (personal reasons). ).

Jokic returned from missing two games on Tuesday night and recorded his fourth straight triple-double, 99-98 in New Orleans. But he rested the hamstring on Wednesday instead of playing 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 back 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 missed 29 games with a left foot injury, scored 13 points but struggled with his shot, missing 14 of 18, including all six from deep. Efforts were involved.

CJ McCollum scored 25 points, and Jonas Valanciunas added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Pelicans. They lost their sixth straight and dropped to ninth in 12 games without 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 pull past Houston.

The Wizards trailed by 19 points and were down by 10 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Houston’s Alprin Sengen 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 win over Oklahoma City.

Dejonte Murray scored 21 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 20 points.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 36 points for Oklahoma City.

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