Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games
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[November 03, 2016]
Nov 2 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games:
Celtics 107, Bulls 100
The Boston Celtics blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter but
held on for a 107-100 victory over the previously undefeated Chicago
Bulls on Wednesday night.
The Bulls (3-1) tied the score at 100 with a late 6-0 run but were
shut out in the final 1:57.
Amir Johnson, a veteran who has made his living near the basket,
finished with 23 points and six rebounds.
Thunder 85, Clippers 83
Russell Westbrook scored 35 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed
out five assists, leading Oklahoma City to a victory over Los
Angeles at Staples Center.
Westbrook was the lone Thunder player to score in double digits.
Westbrook, who committed 10 turnovers, converted 14 of 30 shots but
missed all seven of his 3-point attempts for the Thunder, the only
unbeaten Western Conference team.
Chris Paul finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and
six steals for the Clippers (3-1). Blake Griffin added 14 points,
nine rebounds and five assists.
Raptors 113, Wizards 103
DeMar DeRozan continued his season-opening scoring surge with 40
points and Toronto continued its regular-season dominance over
The Olympian, who has at least 30 points in all four games, had 28
points in the second half and eight of the final 11 for the Raptors.
John Wall had 33 points and 11 assists for the Wizards (0-3), but
mistakes -- and DeRozan -- ruined their home opener.
Toronto converted 21 turnovers by Washington into 30 points.
Rockets 118, Knicks 99
James Harden recorded his second double-double in as many nights,
scoring 30 points with 15 assists to lead Houston to a win over New
York at Madison Square Garden.
The All-Star guard connected on 5-of-12 3-pointers as Houston shot
39.5 percent (15-of-38) from beyond the arc.
Eric Gordon added 21 points and second-year pro Montrezl Harrell
matched his career high with 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10
Nets 109, Pistons 101
Brook Lopez collected 34 points and 11 rebounds as Brooklyn
rebounded from their worst loss of the young season by taking
control in the first half before holding on for a victory over
Lopez made his first six shots, 12 of 21 shots overall and 4 of 8
Reserve Sean Kilpatrick added 24 points for the Nets, who scored 71
points in the first half but only 38 in the second half. Brooklyn
shot 71 percent in the first half and 53.9 percent overall.
Lakers 123, Hawks 116
Lou Williams, a former Atlanta Hawks player returning to his
hometown, was no factor until the fourth quarter for the Los Angeles
Lakers and then the veteran guard couldn't be stopped.
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Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the
Lakers handed the Hawks their first loss after three wins with a
D'Angelo Russell scored 23 points for the Lakers (2-3) and Nick
Young had 17 points, including a clinching 3-pointer with 17.9
Hornets 109, 76ers 93
Kemba Walker scored 22 points and the Charlotte Hornets came alive
in the second half to beat Philadelphia the Spectrum Center.
The Hornets trailed by 13 points in the first half and were down
53-46 at halftime, but they scored the first 13 points of the third
quarter and remained in control from there.
The Hornets were playing on three days' rest and the Sixers were on
the second night of their first back-to-back of the season.
Grizzlies 89, Pelicans 83
JaMychal Green scored 21 points, Mike Conley added 20 and Marc
Gasol, who had struggled throughout the game, dropped in a key
3-pointer in overtime to lead Memphis past New Orleans at
Gasol's 3-pointer came with 2:39 left in overtime and gave the
Grizzlies an 84-76 lead. Conley followed with another 3-pointer for
a 10-point advantage less than a minute later.
The Pelicans, winless in five games, were led by reserve Lance
Stephenson, who scored 21 points. Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield,
also reserves, scored 18 points apiece.
Jazz 97, Mavericks 81
George Hill scored 25 points and Rodney Hood added 22 to keep Utah
unbeaten at home with a victory over Dallas.
Joe Johnson chipped in 13 points and Rudy Gobert totaled 12 points
and 12 rebounds for the Jazz.
Utah held their opponent under 90 points for the third time in five
games. The Jazz were also dominant on the offensive end, shooting 48
percent (12-of-25) from the perimeter.
Harrison Barnes scored 14 points to lead Dallas while Deron Williams
and Wesley Matthews added 12 apiece. The Mavericks remained winless
despite Dirk Nowitzki returning after a two-game absence.
Suns 118, Trail Blazers 115
Eric Bledsoe hit a 25-foot, 3-point shot as time expired in overtime
to give Phoenix its first win of the season against Portland.
Maurice Harkness was fouled on a 3-point shot and made all three
free throws with 36.5 seconds left, and Damian Lillard converted a
3-point play on a driving layup and free throw with 6.4 second left
to tie the game again at 115.
But Bledsoe went up against Lillard and stepped back for his winning
shot as the buzzer sounded.
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