NBA roundup: George, Westbrook power Thunder
Paul George scored 39 points, and Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak continued as the host Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night.
Orlando led by 12 early in the third quarter, but the Thunder outscored the
Magic 31-13 over the final nine minutes of the quarter and led 111-97 three
minutes into the fourth.
Westbrook finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 16 assists, clinching his
seventh consecutive triple-double by the end of the third quarter. It's the
third such streak in Westbrook's career. Only Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar
Robertson and Michael Jordan have had at least seven consecutive
triple-doubles. Chamberlain holds the NBA record with nine in a row.
Terrence Ross had 26 points off the bench to lead Orlando, while Evan Fournier
Clippers 117, Hornets 115
Tobias Harris scored 34 points and hit a driving 8-footer with 4.3 seconds
remaining, and Los Angeles rallied from a 20-point, third-quarter deficit to
stun host Charlotte.
Harris drove the lane after the Clippers inbounded with the score tied
115-115, and he pulled up and hit the jumper over Kemba Walker. Marvin
Williams then missed a potentially winning 3-pointer for the Hornets at the
Walker led the Hornets with 32 points.
Celtics 103, Cavaliers 96
Jayson Tatum scored 25 points and Gordon Hayward scored 18 points off the
bench to lead Boston to a win at Cleveland.
Marcus Smart added 17 points and Jaylen Brown 13 and seven rebounds for
Boston, which won its fifth straight game.
Rookie Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 27 points. Alec Burks added 21
points for Cleveland, which lost for the eighth time in 10 tries.
Raptors 119, 76ers 107
Ibaka also contributed 10 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam had 16 points for the
Raptors, who improved to 17-11 on the road this season.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-best
44th double-double this season. Ben Simmons added 20 points and Jimmy Butler
had 18 for the Sixers, who lost for just the sixth time in 27 home games this
Grizzlies 108, Timberwolves 106
Mike Conley recorded 25 points, nine assists and three steals amid increased
trade speculation, and Memphis posted a victory over visiting Minnesota.
Justin Holiday (17 points, nine rebounds) made two free throws with 0.1
seconds left to give the Grizzlies their second straight victory after they
lost 17 of their previous 19 games. Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points, and
Ivan Rabb scored a career-high 19 points and matched his season best of 11
rebounds for Memphis.
Karl-Anthony Towns registered 26 points and 18 rebounds, and Dario Saric added
22 points for Minnesota, which has lost four of its last five games.
Pistons 105, Knicks 92
Blake Griffin totaled 29 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Detroit
never trailed in a victory over New York, which saw its home losing streak
reach 15 games.
Griffin helped the Pistons win for only the 11th time in their last 33 games,
and they won consecutive games for just the second time since then.
Reggie Bullock hit five 3-pointers and added 19 points for Detroit before
postgame reports indicated he was about to be traded to the Los Angeles
Lakers. Dennis Smith Jr. led the Knicks with 25 points,
Pacers 136, Lakers 94
Bojan Bogdanovic bombed in four of Indiana's 19 3-pointers in a rout of Los
Angeles at Indianapolis.
The Pacers captured their third victory in a row after a four-game losing
streak. Engulfed in Anthony Davis trade rumors, the Lakers lost their second
Connecting on 4-for-10 on 3-pointers, Bogdanovic led seven Pacers in double
figures with a game-high 24 points. Myles Turner chipped in with 22 points.
Returning from a one-game absence, LeBron James had 18 points, seven rebounds
and nine assists.
Heat 118, Trail Blazers 108
Hassan Whiteside collected 28 points and 11 rebounds as visiting Miami took
Dwyane Wade came off the bench for 22 points and nine rebounds, and Josh
Richardson scored 18 points for the Heat, who ended a three-game losing
CJ McCollum scored 33 points, and Jake Layman added a career-high 25 points
with eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who saw their eight-game home
winning streak end.
--Field Level Media