Kawhi Leonard had 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds as the LA Clippers beat the shorthanded New Orleans Pelicans, while Damian Lillard had 40 points and 13 assists in the return win for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Paul George added to New Orleans’ misfortune with 27 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Clippers. He hit 5 of 9 3-pointers and 8 of 16 shots from the ground.
Patrick Beverley added 10 points and six rebounds.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored a career-high 37 points on 15 of 23 shots, including 5 of 8 to 3 points for the Pelicans.
Brandon Ingram had 22 points and six rebounds. Steven Adams finished with 12 points and six rebounds. JJ Redick had 12 points, while Kira Lewis Jr. finished with 10 for the Pelicans, who lost their fourth in a row.
Wednesday night NBA results
|Dallas Mavericks 104-93 Charlotte Hornets|
|Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 Detroit Pistons|
|Brooklyn Nets 116-109 New York Knicks|
|Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Los Angeles Lakers 128-99 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|New Orleans Pelicans 106-111 Los Angeles Clippers|
|Portland Trail Blazers 132-126 Sacramento Kings|
Portland Trail Blazers 132-126 Sacramento Kings
Damian Lillard set a season record of 40 points and 13 assists as the Blazers recovered from a 19-point third quarter deficit to seal their best fourth consecutive win of the season.
CJ McCollum contributed 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Lillard and McCollum each had six 3-pointers as the Trail Blazers were 23 of 48 behind the arc and shot 48.9% overall.
De’Aaron Fox had 29 points and Buddy Hield had eight best of the season on 3 points while scoring 26 points for the Kings, who have lost for the sixth time in the last eight games.
Tyrese Haliburton had 17 points and nine assists, and Richaun Holmes recorded 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Sacramento. Marvin Bagley III and Harrison Barnes scored 11 points each.
Brooklyn Nets 116-109 New York Knicks
No James Harden, at least for one more game? No Kyrie Irving, who knows how long for? It wasn’t a problem for the Nets.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points to lead seven players in double digits for the Nets, who capped a wild day with the win over hosts Knicks.
Everyone except DeAndre Jordan and Chris Chiozza scored at least 10 points for the Nets hours after the team reportedly agreed to acquire Harden from the Houston Rockets in a successful four-team trade.
Julius Randle scored 30 points for the Knicks, who have now lost four in a row.
RJ Barrett had 20 points while Mitchell Robinson (10 points, 12 rebounds) recorded a double-double. Immanuel Quickley (19 points) and Kevin Knox II (13 points) each got double digits on the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers 128-99 Oklahoma City Thunder
The Lakers improved to 7-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history with LeBron James leading with 26 points.
In the last three games, the Lakers trailed for just 11 seconds, and on Wednesday, the Lakers led end to end.
James hit a season high with five 3-pointers, including a pair to fuel an 18-2 run early in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. James has scored nine consecutive points during this span. Montrezl Harrell added 21 off the bench.
The Thunder have lost all five of their home games this season, their worst home start since 2007.
Dallas Mavericks 104-93 Charlotte Hornets
Luka Doncic had 34 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Mavericks to victory over the Hornets.
Doncic, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, made 5 of 9 3-pointers to send Dallas to their fourth straight win overall and fourth in a row at Charlotte.
Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 16 while making his season debut. Boban Marjanovic and Trey Burke each had eight points for Dallas.
Charlotte’s Gordon Hayward scored 16 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a strained left hip.
Terry Rozier scored 18 points and PJ Washington added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.
Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 Detroit Pistons
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his 20th career triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the visiting Bucks extended their winning streak against the Pistons to 14 games.
Jrue Holiday had 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Bucks, who beat Detroit for the third time this season.
Jerami Grant’s 22 points led the Pistons. Svi Mykhailiuk provided 18 points and Blake Griffin had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Josh Jackson added 11 points.
Memphis Grizzlies 118-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Kyle Anderson was on three straight runs in an eight-point run midway through the fourth quarter that propelled the Grizzlies to victory over the Timberwolves.
Jonas Valanciunas led the way with a game-high 24 points and 16 rebounds for Memphis, who won their third in a row, including the second in a row on their current three-game trip.
Allen finished with 20 points, Brandon Clarke added 19, Melton had 15 and Xavier Tillman scored 12 for the Grizzlies, whose reserves outscored their Minnesota counterparts 50-21.