SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Trent Forrest had career highs of 18 points and eight assists to lead the Utah Jazz to a 108-104 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
DENVER (AP) —
Nikola Jokic scored 34 points, including four free throws in the closing seconds, and the Denver Nuggets held on to beat the Detroit Pistons 117-111 Sunday night.
Jokic also had nine rebounds and eight assists, just missing a fifth straight triple double.
For the Mad Ants' season finale at Memorial Coliseum, against the Grand Rapids Drive, they should have a full complement of players. That includes their Indiana Pacers prospects, Alize Johnson, Edmond Sumner and Davon Reed.
For the second time in four years, the Mad Ants are not going to the postseason.
Davon Reed had 21 points and four rebounds to lead the Mad Ants, but they lost 121-103 to the Capital City Go-Go at the DC Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
The Mad Ants' late-season swoon continued Tuesday as they dropped the second of two consecutive games to Canton, this one 122-115 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.
Fort Wayne (19-21) has now lost six of its last seven, and not even the return of guard Edmond Sumner from the Pacers could reverse the trend.
The Mad Ants tried a several remedies for their doldrums Sunday. There were unusual lineup combinations, shots hoisted from every which angle and even an awesome moment after the first quarter in which Davon Reed grabbed the public address announcer's microphone and asked the Memorial Coliseum fans to get pumped up to help ignite the team.
Rookie Rob Gray had a career-best 35 points and Edmond Sumner scored 33 points : two short of his career high : but it wasn't enough to help the short-handed Mad Ants on Wednesday night.
They lost 135-123 to the Erie BayHawks in front of an announced crowd of 1,243 at Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Edmond Sumner had another fine game, totaling a game-best 33 points, but the Mad Ants lost 123-105 to the Grand Rapids Drive in front of 4,198 fans at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, tonight.
The Mad Ants hung with one of the G League's better teams, but that will be of little consolation as they lost 117-111 to the Long Island Nets in front of 1,781 fans at Memorial Coliseum on Star Wars Night.
Davon Reed says "you can't teach grittiness."
So he likes what he sees when he looks around the ASH Centre and observes the makeup of his Mad Ants teammates: they battle through crowds for rebounds; go sliding on the floor for loose balls; and aren't afraid to get physical in the right situations.