Kawhi Leonard totaled 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the LA Clippers defeated the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans, while Damian Lillard established 40 points and 13 assists in the Portland Trail Blazers’ comeback victory.
Paul George added New Orleans woe with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Clippers. He hit 5 out of 9 3-pointers and 8 out of 16 shots from the floor.
Patrick Beverley added 10 points and six rebounds.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored a career-high 37 points on 15-of-23 shooting, including 5 out of 8 3-pointers for the Pelicans.
Brandon Ingram collected 22 points and six rebounds. Steven Adams finished with 12 points and six rebounds. JJ Redick hit 12 points, while Kira Lewis Jr. finished with 10 for the Pelicans, who lost their fourth in a row.
Wednesday night NBA results
|Dallas Mavericks 104-93 Charlotte Hornets|
|Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 Detroit Pistons|
|Brooklyn Nets 116-109 New York Knicks|
|Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Los Angeles Lakers 128-99 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|New Orleans Pelicans 106-111 Los Angeles Clippers|
|Portland Trail Blazers 132-126 Sacramento Kings|
Portland Trail Blazers 132-126 Sacramento Kings
Damian Lillard established the season-best 40 points and 13 assists as the Blazers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the third quarter to seal their season-best fourth straight victory.
CJ McCollum contributed 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Lillard and McCollum each made six 3-pointers as the Trail Blazers were 23 out of 48 behind the arc, shooting 48.9 percent overall.
De’Aaron Fox had 29 points and Buddy Hield made a season-best eight 3-pointers, while scoring 26 points for the Kings, who have lost for the sixth time in the last eight games.
Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points and nine assists, and Richaun Holmes recorded 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III and Harrison Barnes scored 11 points.
Brooklyn Nets 116-109 New York Knicks
No James Harden, at least one more game? No Kyrie Irving, for who knows how long? It was no problem for the nets.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points to lead seven doubles players for the fast-paced Nets, which limited a wild day of victory over hosts Knicks.
All but DeAndre Jordan and Chris Chiozza scored at least 10 points for the Nets hours after the team reportedly agreed to acquire the Harden from the Houston Rockets in a giant four-team trade.
Julius Randle scored 30 points for the Knicks, who have now lost four straight.
RJ Barrett had 20 points, while Mitchell Robinson (10 points, 12 rebounds) recorded a double-double. Immanuel Quickley (19 points) and Kevin Knox II (13 points) both came in double digits from the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers 128-99 Oklahoma City Thunder
The Lakers improved to 7-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history with LeBron James leading the way with 26 points.
Over the last three games, the Lakers have run for just 11 seconds, and on Wednesday, the Lakers led from lead to lead.
James hit a season-high five 3-pointers, including a pair to give an 18-2 run early in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. James scored nine consecutive points during this stretch. Montrezl Harrell added 21 from the bench.
The Thunder have lost all five home games this season, their worst start at home since 2007.
Dallas Mavericks 104-93 Charlotte Hornets
Luka Doncic collected 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lift the Mavericks to victory over the Hornets.
Doncic, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, made 5 out of 9 shots from 3-point range to send Dallas to their fourth straight win overall and fourth in a row in Charlotte.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 16 while making his season debut. Boban Marjanovic and Trey Burke each had eight points for Dallas.
Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward scored 16 points before leaving the game in the third quarter due to a strained left hip.
Terry Rozier scored 18 points, and PJ Washington added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who saw their four-game winning streak stop.
Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 Detroit Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his 20th career triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Bucks present extended their winning streak over the Pistons to 14 games.
Jrue Holiday had 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Bucks, who defeated Detroit for the third time this season.
Jerami Grants 22 points led the stamps. Svi Mykhailiuk delivered 18 points and Blake Griffin had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Josh Jackson added 11 points.
Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Kyle Anderson connected back-to-back 3-pointers during an eight-point run halfway through the fourth quarter that drove the Grizzlies to victory over the Timberwolves.
Jonas Valanciunas led with 24 points and a high 16 rebounds for Memphis, who won their third straight, including the second in a row on their current three-game tour.
Allen finished with 20 points, Brandon Clarke added 19, Melton had 15, and Xavier Tillman netted 12 for the Grizzlies, whose reserves surpassed their Minnesota counterparts 50-21.