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» Paul Ge­orge scored 20 points and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der beat the Hous­ton Rock­ets 98-80 on Thurs­day night with­out point guard Rus­sell West­brook for their sev­enth straight vic­tory.

West­brook missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a sprained left an­kle. Ge­orge also had 11 re­bounds, six as­sists and six steals. The Thun­der were 0-4 be­fore the streak.

Steven Adams had 19 points and 10 re­bounds, and Ter­rance Fer­gu­son and Den­nis Schroder each added 14 points for Ok­la­homa City. All five Thun­der starters scored in dou­ble fig­ures be­fore the end of the third quar­ter.

James Harden scored 19 points, but made just 7 of 19 shots for the Rock­ets. Clint Capela added 17 points for Hous­ton, which had won three in a row.

Hous­ton’s Carmelo An­thony, who played for the Thun­der last sea­son and was traded this sum­mer, scored two points on 1-for11 shoot­ing. Chris Paul added 10 points.

The Thun­der led 59-45 at half­time be­hind 53.8 per­cent shoot­ing. In the sec­ond quar­ter, Ge­orge made all five of his shots and scored 14 points. Ok­la­homa City held Paul and An­thony score­less be­fore the break.

Grant dunked on a lob from Schroder and made the free throw on the foul to put the Thun­der up 80-60, a score that held up un­til the end of the third quar­ter.

Celtics 116, Suns 109, OT.

NIX» Kyrie Irv­ing scored 18 PHO E of his sea­son-high 39 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time, and the Bos­ton Celtics ral­lied from a 22-point deficit for a 116109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thurs­day night.

Irv­ing scored Bos­ton’s first six points in the ex­tra pe­riod, and Mar­cus Mor­ris fin­ished with 17 against his for­mer team — in­clud­ing the ty­ing 3-pointer with 1.1 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion off a pass from Irv­ing.

Mor­ris hit from the top of the arc, send­ing the game to OT tied at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, all af­ter half­time, for the Celtics.

Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a sea­son-high 38 points, and TJ War­ren had 29.

Booker scored 12 points in the fourth quar­ter but Phoenix couldn’t hold onto a 15-point lead to be­gin the fi­nal pe­riod.

The Celtics ended a two-game skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10. — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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