NBA roundup: George's 45 tops Harden's 42 in MVP-caliber matchup
Paul George outgunned James Harden in a matchup of MVP candidates, and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 26-point deficit to escape with a 117-112 win over the host Houston Rockets on Saturday.
George finished with a game-high 45 points plus 11 rebounds, torching the
Houston defense with six 3-pointers plus 15-for-18 free throws.
Westbrook matched an NBA record set by Wilt Chamberlain with his ninth
consecutive triple-double: 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Thunder
posted a 53-39 edge on the glass.
Harden totaled 42 points, his 29th consecutive game with at least 30, but he
missed a contested 3-pointer after Westbrook pushed the Thunder ahead.
Clippers 123, Celtics 112
Landry Shamet made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 17 points
off the bench in his debut for Los Angeles, which rallied from a 28-point
deficit to knock off host Boston.
It's the third time in the past five games the Clippers have come from at
least 20 points down to win, with the 28-point rally setting a franchise
record. It was also the largest comeback by any NBA team in the last two
Montrezl Harrell led Los Angeles with 21 points off the bench, and Danilo
Gallinari had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward scored 19 points off
the bench to lead the Celtics, who lost leading scorer Kyrie Irving to a right
knee sprain with about four minutes left in the first half.
Hornets 129, Hawks 120
Kemba Walker was 13-for-27 from the field and 9-for-17 on 3-pointers in
reaching the 30-point mark for the fourth straight game, scoring 37 as
Charlotte defeated host Atlanta.
It was the 40th time that Walker has topped 20 points and the 17th time he's
scored at least 30 this season. He added seven assists.
Charlotte's Marvin Williams came back to haunt his former team with 27 points.
Atlanta was led by John Collins with 21 points, and rookie Trae Young added 20
points and 11 assists.
Pacers 105, Cavaliers 90
Bojan Bogdanovic led a balanced offense with 23 points, the fifth time in his
last six games he has topped 20 points, as host Indiana avenged a home loss in
December to the Cavaliers.
Cory Joseph came off the bench to finish with 10 points, nine rebounds and 10
assists. Domantas Sabonis did not score in the first half, but finished with
13 points and 10 rebounds, also off the bench
Reserve Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost
four straight and 10 of its last 12.
Grizzlies 99, Pelicans 90
Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis, playing its first
home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline, defeated New
Justin Holiday added 15 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 14, newcomer
CJ Miles had 13, Mike Conley 11 and Ivan Rabb 10. Miles and Delon Wright, who
were part of the trade that sent Marc Gasol to Toronto, made their debuts, as
did guard Avery Bradley, who was acquired in a separate deal with the
Julius Randle led the Pelicans with 21 points, Jrue Holiday had 15, Anthony
Davis had 14 points and 16 rebounds and rookie Kenrich Williams had 10 points
and 13 rebounds.
Wizards 134, Bulls 125
Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis made a triumphant return to Chicago, helping
Washington win its second straight game.
The meeting was the first since Washington acquired Parker and Portis from
Chicago at the trade deadline for Otto Porter Jr. All three played significant
roles when their two new clubs won the front end of back-to-backs on Friday,
with the Wizards beating Cleveland at home, while the Bulls surprised Brooklyn
on the road.
Parker had 20 points, and Portis had a game-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's
win, during which the Wizards built a 15-point lead in the first half and kept
the Bulls at arm's length the rest of the way. Porter, who made a pair of
3-pointers, finished with 17 points for Chicago.
Raptors 104, Knicks 99
Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 22 points and hit a 3-pointer with 7:03
remaining that gave Toronto the lead for good in fending off host New York.
Serge Ibaka registered a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds) for the
Raptors, who have won four consecutive games. Marc Gasol, playing his first
game for the Raptors since he was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on
Thursday, scored seven points and pulled down six rebounds in 19 minutes as a
Kevin Knox scored 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan posted a double-double with 10
points and 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who tied a franchise record by losing
their 16th straight game.
Jazz 125, Spurs 105
Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points and Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 13
rebounds to lead host Utah to its second straight win while sending San
Antonio to its fourth straight loss in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Royce O'Neale matched his season-high with 17 points off the bench as the Jazz
had six players score in double figures.
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 to lead the
Magic 103, Bucks 83
Orlando took advantage of the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, snapping host
Milwaukee's six-game winning streak.
Jonathan Isaac led the Magic in scoring for the first time this season with 17
points. Eric Bledoe led Milwaukee with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five
assists, and Malcolm Brogdon added 14 points. It was Milwaukee's most lopsided
loss and the fewest points they've scored all season.
Orlando has won four of its last five and is now 2 1/2 games out of the eighth
seed in the Eastern Conference.
--Field Level Media