Jack hits tiebreaking free throws, Knicks beat Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jarrett Jack figured the Pelicans’ defense was more concerned with Kristaps Porzingis than with him.
Porzingis had just scored seven consecutive points to help the New York Knicks forge a tie with New Orleans in the final minute. With the Knicks looking to take the lead, Jack knew what to do.
He found an opening between Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, drew a foul from Jrue Holiday and made two free throws with 9 seconds left to lead New York past New Orleans 105-103 on Saturday night.
“KP had just hit a couple of shots, so I knew they weren’t leaving him,” said Jack, a former Pelican. “That left me with a nice lane to drive toward the basket. I made an aggressive play, got fouled and did my job by knocking down two free throws.”
Jack’s play completed a comeback from an eight-point deficit in the final 3 minutes. He finished with 15 points, scoring 13 in 17 minutes of second-half action after scoring two in the first half.
“That’s why they have two halves in this game,” Jarrett said.
The Pelicans had a chance to tie or win at the end, but Davis, who had 31 points and nine rebounds, missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Cousins had 29 points and 19 rebounds, Holiday scored 13 and E’Twaun Moore had 12.
Pistons 93, Spurs 79
DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons held San Antonio to its lowest point total of the season in a 93-79 victory over the Spurs on Saturday night.
Playing without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons defended gamely and never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.
Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.
Detroit led 24-13 after the first, which equaled San Antonio’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season. It was 35-20 before the Pistons hit a dry spell of their own toward the end of the half. A 16-4 run by the Spurs left Detroit with only a three-point lead at halftime.
Heat 117, Magic 111
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tyler Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Goran Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami overcome an 18-point deficit and beat Orlando.
Johnson finished with a season-high 31 points, and Dragic had 25 points and eight assists.
Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 39 points, and Evan Fournier added 23.
Dragic’s baseline runner with 2:03 remaining put the Heat up 107-105 and he added a layup to push the lead to four. After Gordon’s three free throws with 1:12 left, Johnson hit a 3-pointer to give Miami a four-point lead.
The Magic (12-25) lost for the 10th time in 11 games despite shooting 54 percent. The Heat (19-17) shot 63 percent in the second half in winning for the eighth time in 12 games.
Hawks 104, Trail Blazers 89
ATLANTA — Dennis Schroder scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, Marco Belinelli added 14 points and Atlanta beat Portland.
Shabazz Napier finished with 21 points and CJ McCollum had 18 for Portland, which was coming off arguably its best win of the season, rallying Thursday from 18 down in the third quarter to beat Philadelphia.
Atlanta became the last team to reach double digits in wins.