Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points, Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Clippers held off Indiana 115-109 in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, preventing the Pacers from clinching a playoff berth.
Clinging to a 110-107 lead, Lou Williams hit a jumper with 40 seconds left to stop a 5-0 run by Indiana.
Tyreke Evans answered with a layup that again cut the Pacers’ deficit to three.
After a timeout, Bojan Bogdanovic slipped while defending Patrick Beverley, who scored. Bogdanovic slipped again on the Pacers’ final possession and they failed to score over the final 33 seconds.
Evans and Bogdanovic scored 19 points each for the Pacers, whose road skid extended to seven games. Doug McDermott added 17 points and Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and a career-high-tying 16 rebounds playing the second night of a back-to-back.
Before the game, Doc Rivers denied rumors that he’s interested in leaving the Clippers to coach the Lakers.
The LeBron James-led Lakers are 31-40 under head coach Luke Walton, whose job status is believed to be in jeopardy. Fueling the speculation involving Rivers is that he is close friends with Magic Johnson, the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.
Nets 123, Kings 121: D’Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining, and visiting Brooklyn rallied from 28 points down in the second half to snap a four-game losing streak.
Rockets 121, Hawks 105: James Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, Clint Capela added 26 points and 11 rebounds and Houston prevailed in Atlanta for to extend its winning streak to three.
Bucks 115, Lakers 101: Khris Middleton scored 30 points and Brook Lopez added 28 as Milwaukee won at home. Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is nursing an injured ankle. James sat out for Los Angeles because of a sore groin.
76ers 118, Hornets 114: Ben Simmons scored 28 points, JJ Redick had 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia prevailed on the road for its fifth straight victory. Jimmy Butler added 23 points and nine assists, and Tobias Harris chipped in 22 points and 12 rebounds for the 76ers (46-25), who remained in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
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