Mavericks rally to beat Kings 114-113 without Luka Doncic | NBA

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DALLAS (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, overcame a 19- Points deficit to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on Saturday.

Doncic was listed on the injury report as having a sprained left toe.

Spencer Dinwiddie had a season-high 36 points in his first start for Dallas since being acquired by Washington on Feb. 10. Jalen Brunson added 23 points and assisted in the win basket, driving the entire course before passing to Finney-Smith for a 114-111 lead.

The Kings had a chance to equalize in the final seconds, but Harrison Barnes’ 30-foot shot went off the edge and Justin Holiday converted the miss into a layup for the game’s final points.

Dallas trailed 19 points last Sunday at Golden State before rallying for a 107-101 win. The Mavericks have won five straight games. De’Aaron Fox set a career-high 44 points for Sacramento.

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MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler each scored 21 points and Miami pulled away to beat Philadelphia in the fourth quarter.

Gabe Vincent scored 16 points and Caleb Martin added 14 for the Heat. They are 11-2 in their last 13 games. Miami was again without Kyle Lowry, who missed his fourth straight game for personal reasons.

Miami went 3-1 against four Eastern contenders this week, beating Chicago, Brooklyn and now Philadelphia. The only loss came in Milwaukee, a game where the Heat led by 14 midway through the fourth quarter before collapsing.

Joel Embiid finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds for Philadelphia, which James Harden endured for the second night of a straight game while recovering from a left thigh injury.

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Terry Rozier scored 31 points and Charlotte beat San Antonio, leaving Spurs coach Gregg Popovich with a win that fell just short of the NBA record.

San Antonio has lost four straight games since beating Washington on Feb. 25 to put Popovich in one of Don Nelson’s record 1,335 regular-season wins.

LaMelo Ball added 24 points for Charlotte, PJ Washington and Montrezl Harrell each had 15, and Mason Plumlee had 13 rebounds. The Hornets made 19 of their last 20 free throws.

Keldon Johnson led San Antonio with 33 points but was limited to five in the second half. Dejounte Murray had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

MEMPHIS, Tenn (AP) — Ja Morant had 25 points and seven assists, Desmond Bane had 24 points in 10-for-15 shooting and Memphis beat Orlando.

Tyus Jones added 14 points for Memphis. The Grizzlies have won three out of four.

Cole Anthony led the Magic with 19 points. Moritz Wagner had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

TIMBERWOLVES 135, TRAIL BLAZERS 121

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 15 rebounds and Minnesota beat undermanned Portland for its fourth straight win.

The Timberwolves are averaging 133.3 points during the stretch and are two games behind Denver for sixth place in the Western Conference.

Anfernee Simons had 38 points, including a career-high nine 3-pointers, for Portland.

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Updated: March 6, 2022 — 4:34 am

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