Clip­pers drop Tim­ber­wolves, spoil Ricky Ru­bio re­turn

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Blake Grif­fin had 20 points and 11 re­bounds and De­An­dre Jor­dan had 18 points and 16 boards to lead the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to their sixth straight vic­tory, 119105 over the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves on Satur­day night. Chris Paul had 19 points and eight as­sists and J.J. Redick scored 18 points for the Clip­pers (9-1), who have the best record in the NBA. Los An­ge­les shot 52.6 per­cent and outscored the Tim­ber­wolves 21-10 in tran­si­tion. Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 10 re­bounds and Ricky Ru­bio had seven points, six as­sists and six re­bounds in his re­turn from a five-game ab­sence for Min­nesota. An­drew Wig­gins scored 22 points, but shot just 8 of 24. The Clip­pers are off to their best start in fran­chise his­tory.

SPURS 106, ROCK­ETS 100

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to lead San Antonio over Hous­ton. The Spurs avenged a 101-99 loss to the Rock­ets in San Antonio on Wed­nes­day night and im­proved to 5-0 on the road, where they have outscored op­po­nents by an av­er­age of 12.8 points. James Har­den had a triple-dou­ble for a sec­ond straight game against the Spurs, fin­ish­ing with 25 points, 13 as­sists and 11 re­bounds, but also added seven costly turnovers. A deep 3-pointer by Eric Gor­don cut the lead to four with 2 min­utes re­main­ing, but Hous­ton strug­gled to make stops down the stretch. Gor­don scored 27 points off the bench, go­ing 7 of 12 on 3-point­ers. Hous­ton at­tempted 47 3s in the game, mak­ing 15 (31.9 per­cent).

RAP­TORS 118, KNICKS 107

DeMar DeRozan scored 33 points, Nor­man Pow­ell added 19 and Toronto beat New York for the fourth straight time. DeRozan, the NBA’s lead­ing scorer, had his eighth 30-plus­point game in nine starts this sea­son, putting him in an ex­clu­sive club. In the last 50 years, Michael Jor­dan, World B. Free and Tiny Archibald have started a sea­son reg­is­ter­ing 30-plus points in eight of the first nine games. Carmelo Anthony had 31 points, while Kristaps Porzingis and Der­rick Rose had 21 apiece for New York. Kyle Lowry, who fin­ished with 16 points, put the Rap­tors up by four with 1:41 to play on a driv­ing layup, and Lu­cas Nogueira had two straight blocks on Anthony and then Rose to put Toronto in con­trol.

JAZZ 102, HEAT 91

Gor­don Hayward scored 25 points, Rod­ney Hood added 17 and Utah handed Mi­ami a fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 12 re­bounds for Utah, which used a 15-0 run mid­way through the game to pull away. Shelvin Mack scored 12 for Utah, while for­mer Heat for­ward Joe John­son and Dante Exum each added 10. Has­san White­side had 15 points and 14 re­bounds for Mi­ami. James John­son scored 15 points, Rod­ney McGruder added 14 and Josh Richard­son fin­ished with 12. Utah was with­out Ge­orge Hill (right thumb) and Boris Diaw (right knee) again, then lost Der­rick Fa­vors to left knee sore­ness in the first quar­ter. But a night af­ter hold­ing Or­lando to 74 points, the Jazz lim­ited Mi­ami to 59 through three quarters. At 2-6, Mi­ami is off to its worst start since 2007-08.

CELTICS 105, PAC­ERS 99

Isa­iah Thomas scored 23 points, in­clud­ing Bos­ton’s fi­nal eight, and the Celtics beat In­di­ana. Thomas had just four points through 34 min­utes, the scored 19 over the fi­nal 14 min­utes. He hit sev­eral clutch shots to keep In­di­ana at bay and iced the game at the foul line in the fi­nal 30 sec­onds. Kelly Olynyk scored 16 for the Celtics, play­ing the first of two straight road games. Amir John­son had 14 points and nine re­bounds, while Avery Bradley had 13 points and five as­sists. Jeff Teague led In­di­ana with 20 points. Myles Turner scored 17 and Monta El­lis had 15 in the Pac­ers’ first home loss of the sea­son. In­di­ana played with­out lead­ing scorer Paul Ge­orge, who sprained his left an­kle in over­time of its 109-105 loss at Philadel­phia on Fri­day.

HAWKS 117, 76ERS 96

Tim Har­d­away Jr. scored 20 points, Kent Baze­more added 17 and At­lanta won its fourth straight game. Dwight Howard, the NBA’s ac­tive leader in dou­ble-dou­bles, had 10 points and 11 re­bounds for the Hawks. Jahlil Okafor fin­ished with 18 points for the Sixers, who dropped to 1-8 a night af­ter earn­ing their first win. De­spite play­ing with a de­pleted ros­ter, Philadel­phia kept it close un­til late, pulling within two with 3:50 left in the third. But Howard’s fol­low dunk gave the Hawks an 84-74 lead and Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion matched the 10-point ad­van­tage in the clos­ing min­utes of the pe­riod.

LAK­ERS 126, PEL­I­CANS 99

Jor­dan Clark­son scored 23 points, Lou Wil­liams added 21, and Los An­ge­les won for the fifth time in six games, beat­ing New Or­leans. D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 22 and Nick Young added 15 points for the Lak­ers, who shot 55.3 per­cent (52 of 94) over­all and made 16 of 30 3-point­ers. Anthony Davis scored 34 for New Or­leans, but left the game for a piv­otal stretch with ap­par­ent lower back pain af­ter his layup had cut Los An­ge­les’ lead to 63-62 in the third quar­ter. Davis went to the locker room and was out of the game for four-plus min­utes while the Lak­ers went on a 14-0 run. New Or­leans never re­cov­ered. Rookie Buddy Hield scored 18 points for the Pel­i­cans.

BULLS 106, WIZ­ARDS 95

Jimmy But­ler scored 37 points, and Chicago beat short-handed Wash­ing­ton. But­ler did all he could to carry the Bulls on a night when the Wiz­ards were miss­ing star guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. But­ler fin­ished two points shy of his sea­son high. He hit all 14 free throws, grabbed eight re­bounds and dished out a sea­son-high nine as­sists. Nikola Mirotic added 17 points. Dwyane Wade scored 14. Taj Gib­son chipped in with 13 points. The Bulls won back-to-back games for the first time since a 3-0 start, but for­ward Doug McDer­mott ex­ited with a con­cus­sion early in the fourth quar­ter. Marki­eff Mor­ris had a sea­son-high 24 points af­ter scor­ing 20 the pre­vi­ous night. Marcin Gor­tat added 18 points and 14 re­bounds.

BUCKS 106, GRIZ­ZLIES 96

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 27 points and Michael Beasley added a sea­son-high 19 to help Mil­wau­kee beat Mem­phis. Beasley scored five points dur­ing an 11-2 run that gave the Bucks an 86-72 lead with 9:59 to play. Mil­wau­kee closed the game on a 7-0 run, as Mem­phis did not score in the last 2:56 of the game. Marc Ga­sol fin­ished with 18 points for Mem­phis be­fore foul­ing out in the fi­nal sec­onds. Vince Carter added 17 points.

PIS­TONS 106, NUGGETS 95

Tobias Harris scored 19 points, Mar­cus Mor­ris had 17 and Detroit beat Den­ver for its first road win of the sea­son. An­dre Drum­mond and Ken­tavi­ous Caldwell-Pope added 14 points apiece for the Pis­tons, who also snapped a seven-game los­ing streak in Den­ver a week af­ter beat­ing the Nuggets in their first meet­ing in Detroit. Em­manuel Mu­diay scored 19 points for Den­ver, which was done in by an­other slow start af­ter be­ing outscored 36-21 in the first quar­ter. The Pis­tons never trailed in the con­test. Danilo Gal­li­nari added 18 points for the Nuggets, who re­mained win­less in three games at home this sea­son.

NETS 122, SUNS 104

Ron­dae Hol­lis-Jef­fer­son scored a ca­reer­high 20 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds, lead­ing Brook­lyn to its first road vic­tory of the sea­son. The Nets held a 102-100 lead with 4:16 to play but scored the next 17 points, in­clud­ing Brook Lopez’s 3-pointer with 1:47 to go to make it 113-100. Trevor Booker added 19 points and eight re­bounds, and Sean Kilpatrick had 19 points and nine boards for the Nets. Joe Harris also scored 19 points. T.J. War­ren scored 18 points for the Suns. Jared Dud­ley added 17 off the bench and Alex Len scored 11 points to go with 10 re­bounds. — AP

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