Devin Booker had 35 points and Chris Paul added 19 as the Phoenix Suns rallied for a 127-121 win over host Portland Trail Blazers, opening the second half of the season extending the winning streak to five games.
NBA results Thursday night
|Boston Celtics 109 – 121 Brooklyn Nets|
|Orlando Magic 103 – 111 Miami Heat|
|Atlanta Hawks 121 – 120 Toronto Raptors|
|New York Knicks 101 – 134 Milwaukee Bucks|
|Philadelphia 76ers 105 – 127 Chicago Bulls|
|Detroit Pistons 102 – 105 Charlotte Hornets|
|Phoenix Suns 127 – 121 Portland Trail Blazers|
|Golden State Warriors 104 – 130 Los Angeles Clippers|
|Houston Rockets 105 – 125 Sacramento Kings|
|Dallas Mavericks 108 – 116 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Minnesota Timberwolves 135 – 105 New Orleans Pelicans|
Phoenix Suns 127 – 121 Portland Trail Blazers
Mikal Bridges had 18 points, while Jae Crowder and Cameron Payne added 13 points each, as the Suns first erased a 13-point deficit in the second quarter and then overcame a multiple 11-point deficit in the third.
Forced to miss Sunday’s All-Star game in Atlanta due to a sprained left knee, Booker looked good on Thursday, passing 12 of 21 off the field and 3 of 5 out of three-point range.
All-Star Damian Lillard had 30 points for the Trail Blazers, while Enes Kanter had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Suns improved to 13-5 away, matching the Los Angeles Lakers for the best travel record in the NBA league.
Paul, who was also an All-Star, added seven assists for the Suns, while Booker had eight. Deandre Ayton and Dario Šarić had 11 points each for Phoenix.
Gary Trent Jr. had 17 points for Portland, while Robert Covington and Carmelo Anthony added 13. Lillard had eight assists for the Trail Blazers.
Golden State Warriors 104 – 130 Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points in a 10-for-17 shot, and the Los Angeles Clippers scored a 130-104 win over the visiting Golden State Warriors.
Paul George finished with 17 points for Los Angeles, which broke a three-game losing streak in his return from the NBA All-Star break. Serge Ibaka added 16 points and 14 boards.
Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. they scored 15 points per Golden State, which looked rusty after a week of dismissal. Stephen Curry had 14 points in a 6-for-16 shot, including 1 for 8 from a three-point range, while the Warriors dropped their fourth game in a row of the season.
The Clippers brought a huge 104-68 lead at the start of the fourth quarter.
The only thing that went wrong for the Clippers was the early exit of veteran guard Patrick Beverley, who left in the first half due to a knee infection and didn’t come back.
Houston Rockets 105 – 125 Sacramento Kings
De’Aaron Fox scored 30 points in the game and played a critical role in the deciding series of the second quarter that prompted the Sacramento Kings to a 125-105 win over the visiting Houston Rockets.
The Rockets dropped their 14th straight game, while the Kings improved to 3-2 in the last five immediately after losing nine games.
All five starters scored double-digit results for the Kings, and Harrison Barnes and Richaun Holmes scored 20 points and 11 rebounds per piece. Buddy Hield scored 20 points by draining five three-pointers, Bagley scored 11, and Cory Joseph from the bench contributed 13 by adding five stolen balls.
The Rockets were again forced to play with an improvised lineup. Victor Oladipo led Houston with 23 points and added nine assists, but shot just 7 of 21 from the floor. Eric Gordon added 17 points – all in the first half – before leaving with a groin injury in the third quarter.
Houston opened the game without Christian Wood (ankle), John Wall (knee), Daniel House Jr. (knee) and David Nwaba (wrist) before losing Gordon. Striker PJ Tucker was a healthy scratch after head coach Stephen Silas confirmed the player would leave the team with a trading deadline of just two weeks.
Kevin Porter Jr. made his Rocket debut and finished with 13 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals. However, with compromised depth, Porter, Kenyon Martin Jr. were on the field at the same time. and Anthony Lamb, all recent recalls of their G League members.
Dallas Mavericks 108 – 116 Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points in a 11-for-22 shot and added six assists to give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 116: 108 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
Gilgeous-Alexander recorded his second consecutive game of 30 points and eighth of the season.
Al Horford scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to give the Thunder a second consecutive win to start the schedule in the second half.
Dallas broke a four-game winning streak, but played without Luka Doncic (right ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (right knee), as they both rested the second night of each other’s games.
Josh Richardson led the Mavericks with 27 points and six assists, while Jalen Brunson, who started the eighth start of the season, finished with 26 points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Hardaway Jr. team had 24 points and six rebounds from the Dallas bench, and Maxi Kleber added 14 points.
George Hill (right thumb), Hamidou Diallo (right groin), Darius Bazley (left shoulder) and Josh Hall (left knee) were out for Thunder.
Minnesota Timberwolves 135 – 105 New Orleans Pelicans
Jaylen Nowell scored 28 points and Anthony Edwards added 27 points as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves broke a nine-game losing streak by routing the New Orleans Pelicans 135-105.
The Timberwolves won the first game in six attempts under new coach Chris Finch, a one-time New Orleans assistant who was hired from Toronto staff when Ryan Saunders was sacked last month. Minnesota, which has the worst score in the NBA, won only the eighth time and improved to 2-0 against the Pelicans.
Jaden McDaniels scored 20, Karl-Anthony Towns 16, Naz Reid 15 and Jake Layman 12.
Zion Williamson scored 24 points, Steven Adams had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Brandon Ingram scored 13, Jaxson Hayes and Kira Lewis Jr. added 11 each, and Lonzo Ball and Nickeil Alexander-Walker 10 each for the New Orleans lead.