Thun­der roll past Rock­ets, even with­out West­brook

The Mercury News Weekend - - SPORTS -

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. James Harden scored 19 points, but made just 7 of 19 shots for the Rock­ets. Clint Capela added 17 points for Hous­ton. The Rock­ets 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.

CELTICS 116, SUNS 109, OT »

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 18 of his sea­son-high 39 points in the fourth quar­ter and over­time, and Bos­ton over­came a 22-point deficit to beat Phoenix.

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.

Devin Booker led the Suns with a sea­son-high 38 points, and T. J. War­ren had 29.

Port­land had strug­gled all night to sep­a­rate from the Clip­pers, but pulled in front 93- 83 on Zach Collins’ dunk with 9:42 left. An­other dunk by Collins put the Blaz­ers up 100-90 with 6:10 to go.

The Clip­pers closed to 107-101 on Gal­li­nari’s jumper, but Jusuf Nur­kic an­swered for Port­land with a layup and Los An­ge­les could not get any closer down the stretch.


Damian Lil­lard had 25 points as Port­land won its third straight. CJ McCol­lum added 23 points for Port­land, which has won six of seven.

Danilo Gal­li­nari and Lou Wil­liams each scored 20 for the Clip­pers. Shai Gil­geous-Alexan­der had a ca­reer-high 19.


A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion says Cava­liers start­ing point guard Ge­orge Hill will miss at least two weeks with a shoul­der in­jury.

Hill has a sprained shoul­der, said the per­son who spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Cleve­land has not yet pro­vided an up­date on the vet­eran guard’s con­di­tion. Hill was kept out of Wed­nes­day’s loss to Ok­la­homa City be­cause of sore­ness.

ESPN was first to re­port Hill’s in­jury.

Hill’s set­back is an­other shot to the Cavs, who are an NBA-worst 1-10 and will be with­out All- Star for­ward Kevin Love for an­other five weeks — and pos­si­bly longer.

While Hill is out, rookie Collin Sex­ton will likely stay in the start­ing lineup. The No. 8 over­all pick made his first start against the Thun­der and fin­ished with a sea­son- high 15 points, two re­bounds and an as­sist in 42 min­utes.

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