Balanced Blazers beat Kings

Resting isn't going to be endorsed in the regular season, but it's a fact of NBA preseason life

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Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 97-83 preseason win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday.

The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7 for 21 shooting.

Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. Portland (3-1) finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge.

Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.

ROCKETS 117, KNICKS 95 — James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remaining unbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason.

The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sending him to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.

Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.

PISTONS 107, PACERS 97 — Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the 3-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.

Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5 for 6 and making both of his 3-point tries.

CELTICS 113, 76ERS 96 — Hours after Philadelphia and Joel Embiid agreed on a five-year extension worth $148 million, Boston had no trouble with the 76ers and led wire-to-wire.

The extension starts with the 2018-19 season. He’ll make $6.1 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal.

HEAT 109, HORNETS 106 — Justise Winslow’s layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good, as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.

HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88 — Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.

MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96 — Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.

D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.

JAZZ 120, SUNS 102 — Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old. Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.