Ex-Piston puts up 19 in for Dallas Mavericks in win to Utah Jazz
The Dallas Mavericks have advanced to the next round of the NBA playoffs with a pair of ex-Detroit Pistons in tow. Thanks to a red hot night from Spencer Dinwiddie and a pair of key threes from Reggie Bullock the Mavericks erased a 12-point deficit to eliminate the Utah Jazz with a 98-96 win. Dinwiddie chipped in 19 points off the bench, knocking down seven of his 12 overall shots from the floor. Dallas ended up making seven of its 11 shot attempts from three in the third quarter to eventually take a five-point lead into the third quarter. The two were reunited this season when the Mavericks acquired Dinwiddie from the Washington Wizards at the Feb. 10 trade deadline.mlive.com
How ex-Pistons have fared in the 2021 NBA playoffs
In his second postseason appearance, Brown has averaged 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 48.8 percent shooting overall. Andre Drummond -- He signed with the Lakers in March and averaged nine points and 11 rebounds in the five games he started in the playoffs. Markieff Morris -- He played in four of the six games in this series and averaged 2.3 points in the playoffs. He averaged 8.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 34.5 percent shooting from distance. He played roughly 35 minutes a night, scoring 19.4 points per game and averaged four rebounds and five assists per game.mlive.com
Leonard, Clippers pull away from Knicks for 129-115 win
(Brad Penner/Pool Photo via AP)NEW YORK – Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Clippers rang up the highest point total of the season against the NBA's leading defense, beating the New York Knicks 129-115 on Sunday for their 10th win in 11 games. The Clippers shredded the NBA leaders in fewest points per game allowed to break away after leading by one after two quarters. Los Angeles came back from the locker room with seven straight points and didn't slow down the rest of the third quarter. Leonard and Jackson each scored 10 points in the period, when the Clippers made five 3-pointers and scored 35 points, taking a 101-91 lead to the fourth. Knicks: Reggie Bullock, who missed the last three games with a sore neck, returned to the starting lineup and scored eight points.
Irving leads rout of Celtics in return to Boston Garden
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives against Boston Celtics center Robert Williams III (44) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Boston. Irving scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting and had seven rebounds, five assists and two steals helping the Nets rout the Celtics 113-89 Friday night in the final preseason game for both teams. There were no fans in the new Boston Garden on Friday night, and his introduction was greeted with a faint, fake cheer. Precious Achiuwa scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Heat, while Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and Tyler Herro scored 10. McCollum led the Blazers with 26 points on 8-of-20 shooting and Gary Trent Jr. added 18 points in the loss.