NBA roundup: Thompson shoots down record, Lakers
Klay Thompson scored 23 of his 44 points in the third quarter Monday, setting an NBA record by connecting on his first 10 3-point attempts of the game, and the visiting Golden State Warriors extended their winning streak to eight games with a 130-111 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thompson went 3-for-3 from 3-point range in the first half before hitting his
first seven attempts from behind the arc in the third quarter. He wound up 10
of 11 from long distance on the night.
The four-time All-Star finished with his 13th career game of at least 40
points and made 10 or more 3-pointers for the fifth time in his career. The
Warriors have won seven straight on the road.
Ivica Zubac scored 18 points, Brandon Ingram had 17 and Kyle Kuzma added 16 as
the Lakers lost for the fourth time in their past six games. They fell to 5-9
without LeBron James, who has been out since coming away with a groin injury
on Christmas Day against the Warriors in Oakland, Calif.
76ers 121, Rockets 93
Joel Embiid scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to carry host
Philadelphia to an easy victory over Houston.
It was the 39th double-double this season for Embiid, who had been listed as
questionable for the game due to a sore lower back. Embiid and Utah Jazz
center Rudy Gobert, who also registered a double-double on Monday, are tied
for the league lead in double-doubles.
James Harden paced the Rockets with 37 points, his 20th consecutive game with
at least 30.
Celtics 107, Heat 99
Kyrie Irving posted his 11th double-double of the season with 26 points and 10
assists -- to go with a career-high eight steals -- as host Boston defeated
Miami. Irving is averaging 29.6 points in his past five games.
The Celtics improved to 18-5 at home this season, including nine straight
wins. Boston hasn't lost a home game since Dec. 21 against the Milwaukee
Jayson Tatum added 19 points for the Celtics. Heat reserves Derrick Jones Jr.
and Dion Waiters each scored 18 points.
Thunder 127, Knicks 109
Paul George scored a game-high 31 points despite sitting out the fourth
quarter for Oklahoma City, which never trailed in the victory at New York.
The Thunder have won two straight following a stretch where they lost five of
six. The Knicks have lost six straight, 14 of 15, and 19 of 21.
Russell Westbrook narrowly missed a triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds
and nine assists for the Thunder. Dennis Schroder also scored 17 points while
Jerami Grant and Abdel Nader each scored 16 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. paced the
Knicks with 23 points.
Trail Blazers 109, Jazz 104
Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 22 before fouling out
in the final minute to lead Portland past Utah in Salt Lake City.
Lillard also tallied eight rebounds and eight assists while Nurkic added eight
boards, seven assists and six blocked shots. CJ McCollum chipped in 14 points,
and Jake Layman and Evan Turner added 12 and 10 off the bench, respectively,
to help Portland win its third game in a row.
Donovan Mitchell scored 36 points to lead Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 and Rudy
Gobert chipped in 10 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. It wasn't enough to
extend a six-game winning streak for the Jazz, however.
Pelicans 105, Grizzlies 85
No Anthony Davis, no problem for New Orleans, which routed host Memphis in the
Pelicans' first game without their injured All-Star. Davis sprained his left
index finger in a loss at Portland on Friday night and is expected to miss a
week or two.
Jahlil Okafor earned the start in place of Davis and made the most of it,
scoring 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting and pulling down 10 rebounds. Jrue
Holiday and Nikola Mirotic each scored 21 for New Orleans, and Holiday added
11 rebounds. New Orleans' Julius Randle also scored 20 and had a team-high 12
Marc Gasol scored 22 points and Mike Conley added 20 for the Grizzlies.
Nets 123, Kings 94
D'Angelo Russell scored 31 points, and Brooklyn extended its home winning
streak to six games with an easy victory over Sacramento.
Russell shot 12 of 25 and made 7 of 14 3-pointers. He became the first Net
ever to hit at least seven 3-pointers in consecutive games -- which he has
done in three of four games -- and also recorded his eighth game of at least
30 points this season. Russell added eight assists.
Bogdan Bogdanovic led the Kings with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Wizards 101, Pistons 87
Trevor Ariza finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Otto Porter Jr.
contributed 19 points off the bench as Washington took charge early and
defeated visiting Detroit.
Ariza has given Washington help in different ways since the team acquired him
in a trade on Dec. 15. This time, he went 7-for-13 from the field and was a
force on the boards. He also handed out four assists.
Bulls 104, Cavaliers 88
Zach LaVine led five Chicago players in double figures with 25 points, and the
Bulls led wire to wire for the first time this season in a win at Cleveland.
Bobby Portis added 15 points off the Bulls' bench. Lauri Markkanen had 13
points and eight rebounds, Kris Dunn added 13 points and nine assists and
Jabari Parker scored 10 points for Chicago, which snapped a 10-game losing
Cleveland got a team-high 18 points from Collin Sexton.
Bucks 116, Mavericks 106
Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a game-high 31 points, and all five Milwaukee
starters scored in double figures as the Bucks topped visiting Dallas.
Antetokounmpo, 10 of 20 from the floor and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line,
recorded his 32nd double-double of the season with a team-high 15 rebounds to
go with five assists. The Bucks won for the fifth consecutive time and handed
Dallas a fourth straight loss.
Mavericks Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Doncic recorded his first
career triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, joining
Philadelphia's Markelle Fultz as the only teenagers in NBA history to post a
triple-double. Doncic, at 19 years and 327 days old, is 10 days older than was
Fultz when the latter accomplished the feat last April.
Magic 122, Hawks 103
Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points apiece and combined for 20
in the decisive third quarter as Orlando pulled away for a win at Atlanta.
Playing for a second consecutive game without Aaron Gordon, out with a sore
back, the Magic fell behind by as many as nine points in the first quarter
before dominating the final three periods en route to snapping a three-game
Dewayne Dedmon matched his career highs of 24 points and five 3-pointers for
Atlanta. Trae Young added 21 for the Hawks, who were playing without Kevin
Huerter, a late scratch due to a sore neck.
--Field Level Media