Lauri Markkanen headlines busy European night with career-high

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Giannis Askounis

24/Feb/19 08:09

A total of 34 European players were in action during NBA’s busy twelve-game Saturday night schedule.

By John Askounis/

Lauri Markkanen highlighted the European action of the night scoring a career-high 35 points. He also took down 15 boards for the Chicago Bulls that overpowered the Boston Celtics 126-116 at the United Center behind Zach LaVine’s personal-best 42 points.

The NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks overcame the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 140-128 home win. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic and Ersan Ilyasova added a total of 30 points.

Cedi Osman sank the go-ahead three en route for his 11 points and Ante Zizic added 18 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers that beat the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107. Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points and 11 rebounds for the visitors.

Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis helped the Indiana Pacers in their 119-112 win against the Washington Wizards. The former scored 18 points and the latter had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double at the Capital One Arena.

Jusuf Nurkic posted a 24-point, 10-rebound double-double. His teammate Enes Kanter added 14 points and eight boards for the Portland Trail Blazers that achieved a 130-115 over the Philadelphia 76ers on the road.

Tony Parker poured 21 points, also dished five assists and added five rebounds to his tally. However, he wasn’t enough for the Charlotte Hornets in their 117-115 home defeat to the Brooklyn Nets.

Ricky Rubio went off for 25 points leading the Utah Jazz to their 125-109 home victory against the Dallas Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki made his first start of the 2018-19 Regular Season and scored 15 points for the losing side.

Luka Doncic (right ankle) remained out alongside teammates Kristaps Porzingis (left knee) and Maxi Kleber (illness). SixersFurkan Korkmaz (right knee) was the other European on his team’s injury list.

Goran Dragic (4pts) played for the first time since December for the Miami Heat that suffered a 119-96 home defeat to the Detroit Pistons. Zaza Pachulia scored four points for the winning side, but Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Jose Calderon were inactive.

Results and European action:

Philadelphia 76ers Portland Trail Blazers 115-130 Marjanovic 4pts, 5reb, 2ast, 1stl – Nurkic 24pts, 10reb, 4ast, Kanter 14pts, 8reb, 4ast
Atlanta Hawks Phoenix Suns 120-112 Len 1reb, 1ast – Bender 4pts, 5reb, Okobo DNP
Charlotte Hornets Brooklyn Nets 115-117 Parker 21pts, 5reb, 5ast, 1blk, Batum 14pts, 4reb, 1ast, 1stl, 1blk, W. Hernangomez DNP – Kurucs 4pts, 3reb, 1ast, 1stl
Cleveland Cavaliers Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 Zizic 18pts, 7reb, 1ast, Osman 11pts, 4reb, 2ast – Valanciunas 25pts, 11reb, 1ast, 2blk, Noah 16pts, 7reb, 4ast, 1stl, 2blk, Dorsey DNP
Washington Wizards Indiana Pacers 112-119 Satoransky 12pts, 3ast, 6stl, Mahinmi DNP – Boj. Bogdanovic 18pts, 4reb, 4ast, 1stl, Sabonis 13pts, 12reb, 3ast, 4stl
New Orleans Pelicans Los Angeles Lakers 128-115 Wagner 4pts, 2reb, 1ast, 1stl
Miami Heat Detroit Pistons 96-119 Dragic 4pts – Pachulia 4pts, 5reb, 1ast
Chicago Bulls Boston Celtics 126-116 Markkanen 35pts, 15reb, 2ast, 1stl, Luwawu-Cabarrot 3pts – Theis 8pts, 4reb, 2ast, 2blk, Yabusele DNP
Oklahoma City Thunder Sacramento Kings 116-119 Schroder 14pts, 2reb, 2ast – Bogd, Bogdanovic 15pts, 4reb, 1ast, 2stl, Koufos DNP, Bjelica DNP
Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota Timberwolves 140-128 G. Antetokounmpo 27pts, 10reb, 7ast, 1stl, 2blk, Mirotic 17pts, 6reb, 1ast, 1stl, 2blk, Ilyasova 13pts, 7reb – Deng 10pts, 2ast, Saric 7pts, 8reb, 3ast, 1stl
Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets 112-118 Jerebko 3pts, 3reb – Capela 8pts, 15reb, 1stl, 1blk
Utah Jazz Dallas Mavericks 125-109 Rubio 25pts, 4reb, 5ast, 1stl, Gobert 15pts, 12reb, 1ast, 3blk, Sefolosha 5pts, 2reb, 1ast – Nowitzki 15pts, 2reb, 1ast, 1stl


Eastern Conference
1. Milwaukee Bucks 45-14
2. Toronto Raptors 44-16
3. Indiana Pacers 40-20
4. Philadelphia 76ers 38-22
5. Boston Celtics 37-23
6. Brooklyn Nets 31-30
7. Detroit Pistons 28-30
8. Charlotte Hornets 28-31
9. Orlando Magic 27-33
10. Miami Heat 26-32
11. Washington Wizards 24-36
12. Atlanta Hawks 20-40
13. Chicago Bulls 16-44
14. Cleveland Cavaliers 14-46
15. New York Knicks 11-48

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors 42-17
2. Denver Nuggets 40-18
3. Oklahoma City Thunder 38-21
4. Portland Trail Blazers 36-23
5. Houston Rockets 34-25
6. Utah Jazz 33-26
7. San Antonio Spurs 33-27
8. Los Angeles Clippers 33-27
9. Sacramento Kings 31-28
10. Los Angeles Lakers 29-30
11. Minnesota Timberwolves 28-31
12. New Orleans Pelicans 27-34
13. Dallas Mavericks 26-33
14. Memphis Grizzlies 23-38
15. Phoenix Suns 11-50