Thun­der, Clip­pers rally big-time

San An­to­nio drops fourth straight on its eight-game road trip

Albuquerque Journal - - SPORTS -

HOUS­TON — Paul Ge­orge scored 45 points, Rus­sell West­brook matched the NBA record with his ninth straight triple-dou­ble and the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der over­came a 26-point deficit to beat the Hous­ton Rock­ets 117-112 on Satur­day night.

West­brook had 21 points, 11 as­sists and 12 re­bounds to match the record streak set by Wilt Cham­ber­lain in 1968.

James Harden led the Rock­ets with 42 points, reach­ing 30 points for the 29th straight game — two shy of Cham­ber­lain for the sec­ond-long­est streak.

The 26-point deficit was Ok­la­homa City’s largest of the sea­son.

CLIP­PERS 123, CELTICS 112: In Bos­ton, Mon­trezl Harrell forced two turnovers in the fi­nal two min­utes and Pa­trick Bev­er­ley hit a pair of 3-point­ers in front of the Bos­ton bench as Los An­ge­les over­come a 28-point deficit to beat the Celtics.

The Celtics’ col­lapse cor­re­sponded to the loss of Kyrie Irv­ing, who left with a sprained knee in the sec­ond quar­ter, when the game seemed com­fort­ably in hand.

Harrell scored 21 points, Danilo Gal­li­nari had 19 and trade dead­line ac­qui­si­tion Landry Shamet scored 17 points. Gor­don Hay­ward had 19 points for Bos­ton. JAZZ 125, SPURS 105: In Salt Lake City, Dono­van Mitchell scored 23 points, and Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 13 re­bounds as Utah beat San An­to­nio.

Royce O’Neale tied his sea­son high with 17 points and Ricky Ru­bio had 16 points.

DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points for the Spurs, who have lost four in a row on their eight-game trip.

GRIZ­ZLIES 99, PEL­I­CANS 90: In Mem­phis, Tenn., Joakim Noah had sea­son highs of 19 points and 14 re­bounds to lead Mem­phis past New Or­leans.

Justin Hol­i­day had 15 points and Jaren Jack­son Jr. fin­ished with 14 points, 10 of them in the fourth quar­ter. C.J. Miles, play­ing his first game for Mem­phis, had 13 points.

Julius Ran­dle led the Pel­i­cans with 21 points. An­thony Davis had 14 points and 16 re­bounds.

RAP­TORS 104, KNICKS 99: In New York, Marc Ga­sol had seven points and six re­bounds in his Toronto debut as the Rap­tors sent New York to its 16th straight loss.

Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, and Serge Ibaka added 15 points and 13 re­bounds for the Rap­tors. Rookie Kevin Knox had 20 points for New York.

MAGIC 103, BUCKS 83: In Mil­wau­kee, Jonathan Isaac scored 17 points, and Nikola Vuce­vic and Ter­rence Ross each added 15 as Or­lando snapped Mil­wau­kee’s six-game win­ning streak.

The NBA-lead­ing Bucks played with­out All-Star for­ward Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo. He sat out with right knee sore­ness.

HOR­NETS 129, HAWKS 120: In At­lanta, Kemba Walker hit nine 3-point­ers and scored 37 points, and Marvin Wil­liams added 27 points as Char­lotte beat At­lanta.

John Collins had 21 points and Trae Young added 20 for the Hawks.

PAC­ERS 105, CAVA­LIERS 90: In In­di­anapo­lis, Bo­jan Bog­danovic scored 23 points as In­di­ana beat Cleve­land for its fifth straight vic­tory.

WIZARDS 134, BULLS 125: In Chicago, Bradley Beal scored 31 points to help Wash­ing­ton beat Chicago in the first meet­ing be­tween the teams since they swapped three for­wards in a mul­ti­player trade.

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