NBA Roundup: D’Angelo Russell Scores 37 as Wolves Get by Grizzlies

By Field Level Media
Field Level Media
Field Level Media
February 25, 2022 Updated: February 25, 2022

D’Angelo Russell scored 23 of his season-high 37 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:23 remaining, as the Minnesota Timberwolves edged the Memphis Grizzlies 119–114 on Thursday in Minneapolis.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which has won eight of its past 11 games. Malik Beasley finished with 17 points and Patrick Beverley added 13. Russell dished out a game-high nine assists.

Jaren Jackson Jr. put up 21 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis. Rookie Ziaire Williams tied a career high with 21 points, Ja Morant added 20 points and eight rebounds and Desmond Bane had 14 points.

Memphis has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak.

Bulls 112, Hawks 108

DeMar DeRozan converted the go-ahead three-point play with 15.1 seconds remaining as part of a 37-point scoring effort to give Chicago a win over visiting Atlanta.

DeRozan was 15 of 21 to extend his NBA record of scoring at least 35 points and shooting 50 percent or better to eight consecutive games. He also hit 30 points for the ninth straight game, moving within two of the franchise mark set by Michael Jordan during the 1986–87 season. Zach LaVine scored 20 points as Chicago won its sixth straight game.

Bogdan Bogdanovich scored a season-best 27 points and Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points and equaled his season best of nine rebounds for Atlanta. Trae Young had 14 points and 10 assists and Clint Capela added 14 points and 17 rebounds as the Hawks had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Warriors 132, Trail Blazers 95

Stephen Curry complemented his 18 points with a season-best 14 assists as Golden State came out of the All-Star break at Portland with one of its best offensive performances of the season.

Klay Thompson tied Curry for team-high scoring honors with 18 points and Jonathan Kuminga came off the bench for 17 more as the Warriors, who had lost four of five, put up their second-highest point total of the season.

Anfernee Simons poured in a game-high 24 points for the Trail Blazers, who went into the break on a four-game winning streak.

Suns 124, Thunder 104

Devin Booker recorded 25 points and 12 assists as visiting Phoenix pulled away from Oklahoma City to win an eighth straight game.

Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges each scored 21 points for the Suns, who have won 19 of their past 20. They played without Chris Paul, who fractured his right thumb in Phoenix’s final game before the All-Star break.

In his first game since Jan. 28, Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting. But the Thunder lost for the seventh time in eight games. Oklahoma City also got 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists from Josh Giddey.

Nuggets 128, Kings 110

Will Barton scored a season-high 31 points, Nikola Jokic barely missed a triple-double, and Denver earned its fourth straight win, beating host Sacramento.

Jokic amassed 25 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals as the Nuggets prevailed for the sixth time in seven games. Denver led almost throughout, trailing only by a basket early into the first quarter.

Despite playing from behind most of the way, Sacramento remained within striking distance behind game highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds from Domantas Sabonis. The double-double was Sabonis’ fourth in five games since joining the Kings in a trade from Indiana before the All-Star break.

Celtics 129, Nets 106

Jayson Tatum scored 30 points to lead seven Boston players in double figures as Boston cruised to a wire-to-wire win over host Brooklyn.

Tatum hit 30 points for the 18th time this season by making 10 of 20 shots. Jaylen Brown added 18 points and six assists before appearing to injure his wrist with about 5 1/2 minutes left. Marcus Smart hit five of the Celtics’ 17 3-pointers and contributed 15 points.

Seth Curry scored 22 points for the Nets, who lost for the 13th time in 15 games. Bruce Brown added 15 points.

Pistons 106, Cavaliers 103

Hamidou Diallo scored 21 points and Cade Cunningham made four pivotal free throws in the final minute as host Detroit topped Cleveland.

Cunningham finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Marvin Bagley III and Jerami Grant had 16 points apiece for Detroit, which won its second game in a row after an eight-game skid.

Lauri Markkanen led the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight, with 22 points. Brandon Goodwin had 15 points while Evan Mobley and Rajon Rondo tossed in 12 points apiece.