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Box Score Breakdown for Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Raptors overcome ejections, double-digit deficit for home win
Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Raptors rallied from a 94-79 fourth-quarter deficit and overcome Serge Ibaka's ejection for fighting with Chicago's Robin Lopez to force overtime. Toronto had a 122-117 edge with just nine seconds remaining in the extra period before a Jimmy Butler three-pointer with two seconds left made it close. The Raptors were able to grab an offensive rebound on the final possession to seal the win. DeMar DeRozan's 42 points paced Toronto. Cory Joseph tallied 19 points and Ibaka posted 16. DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas supplied matching eight-point efforts, while Norman Powell's nine points led the bench. Butler's 37-point, 10-rebound double-double led Chicago. Rajon Rondo scored 24 points, while Lopez had 12 points, four rebounds, one assist and three blocks before exiting. Paul Zipser matched Lopez's point total and Bobby Portis's nine points led the bench.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 7:51 PM ET

Detroit Pistons at Brooklyn Nets

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Nets outscored the Pistons, 28-13, in the second quarter to erase a nine-point deficit. The Pistons overcame a 94-87 deficit themselves with 1:52 to play to tie the game at both 94 and 96 in the closing seconds. Taking the ball for a final possession with two seconds remaining, the Nets saw Brook Lopez drain a jumper off a Randy Foye assist as time expired for the win. Lopez's 29 points led Brooklyn. Caris LeVert supplied 15 points and. K.J. McDaniels led the bench with 11. Spencer Dinwiddie supplied 10 points and Archie Goodwin matched Dinwiddie's point total off the bench. Tobias Harris' 24 points led Detroit. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope followed with 19 points and Andre Drummond contributed a 13-point, 17-rebound double-double. Maurice Morris matched Drummond's scoringl and Ish Smith led the bench with 16 points.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 7:42 PM ET

Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat

By Joel Bartilotta

These are two teams going in opposite directions and a dominating Miami win shows just which way. The key for the Heat was their rebounding, as they won that battle, 51-40. The assist margin really killed the Suns, as they committed 24 turnovers, while forcing just 15 from the Heat. Marquese Chriss led the Way for Phoenix, as he amassed 24 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-9 from the field. Alex Len recorded a double-double, totaling 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Hassan Whiteside was the player of the game, as he accrued 23 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Goran Dragic finished with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Tyler Johnson was a huge spark off the bench, providing 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 7:50 PM ET

Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans

By Joel Bartilotta

New Orleans has to win nearly every game to keep their playoff hopes alive, as this marks their fifth victory in six games. Interior play was huge, with New Orleans dominating the rebounding and scoring in the paint. In fact, the Pelicans outscored the Grizzlies, 46-32 in the paint, while winning the rebounding battle, 51-42. Mike Conley led the way for the Grizzlies, as he tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Marc Gasol accumulated 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. No other player on the Memphis roster had more than 12 points or four assists. DeMarcus Cousins was the player of the game, as he collected 41 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Anthony Davis recorded a double-double, totaling 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday accrued 11 points, three rebounds and six assists.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:10 PM ET

Golden State Warriors at Dallas Mavericks

By Nick Brazzoni   

It's been an up-and-down last few games for Harrison Barnes, with Tuesday's performance against his former team, the Golden State Warriors, being one of the downs. Barnes shot just 2-of-10 from the field en route to scoring just five points in 34 minutes in the 25-point loss. But that wasn't even Barnes' worst performance of the season. In fact, his worst performance came just two games prior in a 116-74 beatdown from the 76ers, where the swingman shot 2-of-7 from the field and scored a season-low four points in 24 minutes. The Mavericks are now 2-2 in their last four games, with Barnes combining for nine points on 4-of-17 shooting in the losses and combining for 41 points on a wildly impressive 18-of-31 (58 percent) shooting from the field in the victories, showing that Dallas, at this point in the season, are going wherever Barnes takes them.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 8:28 PM ET

San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves

By Nick Brazzoni   

It's been a rough stretch of three games over the last four days for Kawhi Leonard -- by his standards -- after he got off to a scorching hot start to the month of March. Following his 22-point performance (20 of which came in the second half) in Tuesday's comeback victory over the Timberwolves, Leonard has now failed to score at least 25 points in each of his last three games after hitting that total in seven of his eight previous games. The All-Star also hasn't been shooting the ball at an efficient rate as of late, with Tuesday's 53.8 percent performance from the field being his best since last Wednesday when he hit 57 percent of his shots in a loss to Portland. In the two games in between, Leonard shot a combined 9-of-27 (30 percent) from the field, which was easily his worst two-game shooting stretch of the season.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:46 PM ET

Milwaukee Bucks at Portland Trail Blazers

By Oscar Heanue

The Milwaukee Bucks continued to be one of the NBA's hottest teams with a win on Tuesday. Star wings Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton were at the helm of the offense during the team's narrow win. "The Greek Freak," Antetokounmpo, scored 22 points to go along with a very impressive stat line of eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and a steal. Middleton, meanwhile, shot 11-of-22 from the field for a team-high 26 points. As a team, it was not a great offensive night for the Bucks. Milwaukee shot just 42 percent from the field and reached the line only 12 times. Portland, meanwhile, saw a major night from star point guard Damian Lillard. Lillard shot 13-of-25 from the field en route to 31 points alongside seven assists and four steals. However, the Blazers shot only 42 percent from the field and made just four three-pointers.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:44 PM ET

Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers

By Oscar Heanue

In a battle of the Los Angeles teams, the Clippers emerged as the clear victors. The key for LAC was strong guard play, as superstar Chris Paul delivered a stellar 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting. His starting backcourt partner, J.J. Redick, added another 24 points. Off the bench, the backcourt of Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford excelled, as the duo were the only two Clippers to play at least 30 minutes. Rivers scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Crawford added 15 on 6-of-10. As a team, the Clips shot a stunning 53 percent from the field and drained 15 three-pointers while also going 28-of-32 from the free-throw line. For the Lakers, rookie Brandon Ingram was one of the only bright spots. Ingram scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting in one of the best outings of his young career. Despite this, the team was still blown out and only hit five three-pointers on the night.

Posted on March 21, 2017 at 10:28 PM ET