Australians do battle as Mavs manhandle the Sixers


Ben Simmons, left, shoots over Dwight Powell. Credit:AP

Elsewhere, Thon Maker’s haul of 15 points wasn’t enough for Detroit, who went down 114-93 in Boston.

Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum scored 26 points apiece to lead the Celtics to back-to-back wins, while South Sudanese-born Maker was top-scorer for the Pistons during his impressive 23 minutes of action.

Jordan Clarkson scored a season-high 33 points, and Kevin Love drained a pair of three-pointers late in the fourth quarter as hosts Cleveland recorded a 114-107 victory over Memphis Grizzlies.

Love highlighted his 21-point performance with five three-pointers. He added 13 rebounds to post his fifth double-double in his past six games.

The Cavaliers’ Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova registered eight assists and took down two rebounds during his 16 minutes of play.

Tyus Jones, right, drives past Matthew Dellavedova, left, in the first half.

Tyus Jones, right, drives past Matthew Dellavedova, left, in the first half. Credit:AP

Aron Baynes was another Boomer in action, scoring seven points and bringing down five rebounds as his Phoenix Suns lost 126-108 at Oklahoma City Thunder.

In Denver, Nikola Jokic had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his fifth triple-double of the season, and the Nuggets won 109-100 over Minnesota. It was Jokic’s eighth straight double-double and his 33rd career triple-double.

T.J. Warren scored 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting to help Indiana cruise to a 119-105 home court victory over Sacramento Kings. Myles Turner added 17 points as the Pacers won their fifth straight game and their 13th time in 16.

In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and the Raptors held on to defeat Washington 122-118. Serge Ibaka added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the defending champions, who have won four straight, while Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 37 points.

Bradley Beal, right, makes the shot.

Bradley Beal, right, makes the shot. Credit:The Canadian Press

Bam Adebayo scored 20 points, Miami’s starters got the fourth quarter off, and the Heat had no trouble on the way to beating New York Knicks 129-114.

In Portland, the Trail Blazers were 118-103 winners over Orlando Magic, thanks largely to a combined 67 points from Damian Lillard (36 points) and CJ McCollum (31).

And in the battle between the two worst teams in the Western Conference, 25 points from D’Angelo Russell has led Golden State Warriors to a 106-102 home win over New Orleans Pelicans.

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