NBA roundup: Lakers blast Blazers
9 December, 2019, 5:14 am
Anthony Davis delivered 39 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots as the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 136-113 victory over the host Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
LeBron James made four 3-pointers while recording 31 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Lakers improved their record to 20-3, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for best in the NBA. Kyle Kuzma scored 15 off the bench, and JaVale McGee added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Los Angeles completed a 3-0 road trip that began with games against the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.
Damian Lillard registered 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, and Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons added 15 points apiece.
Portland’s Rodney Hood sustained a torn left Achilles tendon during the first quarter. Hood collected a rebound and fell to the floor after landing, then immediately grabbed for the lower portion of his left leg with 3:27 left in the period. He was scoreless in the contest.
Milwaukee Bucks 119 – Los Angeles Clippers 91
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on his 25th birthday as Milwaukee extended its NBA-best winning streak to 14 games with a rout of visiting Los Angeles.
Khris Middleton scored 17 points while Pat Connaughton and Ersan Ilyasova added 13 each as the Bucks improved to 10-1 at home.
Kawhi Leonard scored 17 points for the Clippers in his first game at Milwaukee since the Toronto Raptors earned a victory there in Game 5 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals to take a 3-2 series lead. Leonard’s Raptors went on to win the series in six games on the way to the NBA title.
Miami Heat 112 – Washington Wizards 103
Jimmy Butler had his second triple-double in the past three games and the sixth of his career, posting 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and leading host Miami over Washington as the Heat set a franchise record by starting the season 9-0 at home.
Miami also got impressive performances from center Bam Adebayo and rookie guard Tyler Herro. Adebayo had a career-high 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Herro finished with 22 points.
Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who entered the game fifth in the league in scoring, had 23 points, eight assists and four rebounds. Davis Bertans added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the Washington bench, making 5 of 13 attempts from 3-point range. Wizards center Moritz Wagner had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Oklahoma City Thunder 139 – Minnesota Timberwolves 127 (OT)
Dennis Schroder forced overtime with a last-second basket, and Chris Paul scored 30 points to lead Oklahoma City win over visiting Minnesota. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 29, including 11 of the Thunder’s 17 points in the extra period.
Oklahoma City had five players finish with 20-plus points for the first time in franchise history. Schroder scored 25 off the bench while Steven Adams (22 points, 11 rebounds) and Danilo Gallinari (21) also contributed.
Jeff Teague put up 32 points, his best scoring performance in nearly four years, and had nine assists for the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns added 30 points and eight assists.
Detroit Pistons 108 – Indiana Pacers 101
Andre Drummond had 25 points and 22 rebounds and Blake Griffin added 25 points as host Detroit downed Indiana.
Luke Kennard added 15 points and Rose scored 10 of his 14 points in the third quarter for the Pistons. T.J. Warren scored 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points in a losing cause for the Pacers.
The Pistons wrapped the game up with a defensive stop and subsequent breakaway layup by Langston Galloway with 9.3 seconds remaining.
Brooklyn Nets 111 – Charlotte Hornets 104
Joe Harris pumped in 22 points, and Brooklyn produced a couple of significant second-half scoring surges to win at Charlotte.
Taurean Prince tacked on 16 points, while centers Deandre Jordan and Jarrett Allen posted 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Nets. David Nwaba and Spencer Dinwiddie provided 13 points apiece for Brooklyn, which has won five of its past six road games.
Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham scored 29 points, hitting six 3-pointers one game after he tied a franchise record with 10 treys.
San Antonio Spurs 105 – Sacramento Kings 104 (OT)
Dejounte Murray’s jumper with 29.6 seconds to play proved to be the difference as host San Antonio outlasted Sacramento, winning back-to-back games for the first time since the opening week of the season.
The Spurs were down by nine points with 1:50 to play in regulation but made a final push. Aldridge scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan, who had three 3-pointers in the game after having only four all season, added 15 points for San Antonio.
Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 23 points, and Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and secured 10 rebounds. Yogi Ferrell added 17 points and Richaun Holmes scored 13 points while grabbing 14 rebounds for the Kings, who lost their third straight game.