Clippers 111, Pelicans 106
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Paul George added 27 and the Clippers defeated short-handed New Orleans on Wednesday night.
The Pelicans were missing starters Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball and Eric Bledsoe. Together, they account for 46.1 points and 15.6 rebounds per game. New Orleans coach Stan Van Gundy said Williamson was ruled out because of inconclusive test results.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the Pelicans with 37 points and eight rebounds, both career highs in his first start of the season.
They didn’t get much production out of two other first-time starters. Josh Hart finished with six points, and former Clipper Sindarius Thornwell was scoreless.
Brandon Ingram’s jumper drew the Pelicans within four, the closest they came in the fourth quarter.
From there, Leonard and George combined to score 16 consecutive points. Leonard’s 3-pointer that restored the Clippers’ lead to double digits had team owner Steve Ballmer whipping his right arm in the air from his seat next to the basket. Leonard finished with nine assists.
Alexander-Walker scored nine in a row for the Pelicans, but he couldn't singlehandedly outduel the Clippers' two stars.
Ingram added 22 points and Jaxon Hayes had 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, who dropped their fourth in a row. They hadn't played since losing at Charlotte last Friday. Their game at Dallas on Monday was postponed, delaying the start of what was scheduled as a seven-game trip.
The Clippers rode a dominant second quarter, in which they outscored the Pelicans 33-15, to an 18-point halftime lead. Los Angeles maintained a double-digit lead in the third, when George didn't score, and Leonard had six points.
Lakers 128, Thunder 99
LeBron James scored 26 points and the Lakers routed Oklahoma City for their franchise-record seventh straight road victory to start the season.
Montrezl Harrell added 21 points, and Anthony Davis had 18 points and seven rebounds. The defending champion Lakers have won four straight to improve to an NBA-best 10-3. They surpassed the 1985-86 squad with the 7-0 road start.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 17 points to lead Oklahoma City.
The Lakers’ biggest lead was 31 points in the fourth quarter. The Thunder never led.
Mavericks 104, Hornets 93
Luka Doncic had 34 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and a career-high four blocks, Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points in his return from a knee injury and Dallas beat Charlotte.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 18 points to help Rick Carlisle become the 16th coach in NBA history to win 800 games. The Mavericks have won four straight after opening 2-4.
Porzingis played for the first time since having knee surgery in October. The 7-foot-3 Latvian played 21 minutes, finishing 6 of 16 from the floor and 4 of 9 from beyond the 3-point arc. He had four rebounds.
Terry Rozier had 18 points for the Hornets.
Bucks 110, Pistons 101
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 20th triple-double and Milwaukee beat Detroit for the third time this month.
The Bucks built a big early lead with a flurry of 3-pointers. Brook Lopez connected three times from beyond the arc in the first quarter, when the Bucks were 7 of 11 from long distance. Detroit was 4 of 20 overall in the period and trailed 27-13 after one.
Jrue Holiday added 21 points for the Bucks. Jerami Grant had 22 for Detroit.
Grizzlies 118, Timberwolves 107
Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Grayson Allen scored a season-high 20 off the bench and Memphis rallied to beat Minnesota.
Brandon Clarke added 19 points for Memphis. Malik Beasley had 28 points for Minnesota. D’Angelo Russell added 25, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 14 rebounds.
The teams will meet again Friday night in Minnesota.
Trail Blazers 132, Kings 126
Damian Lillard scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final four minutes and Portland tied a franchise record with 23 3-pointers to beat Sacramento.
Lillard and CJ McCollum each hit six 3s to lead Portland to its fourth straight victory. Lillard added 13 assists, and McCollum had 28 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic had a season-best 18 points and 13 rebounds.
The Blazers trailed by 20 midway through the second quarter and were down 105-100 going into the fourth before rallying to win their second consecutive game against the Kings in five days. Portland won 125-99 on Saturday.
Portland tied the team record for 3s set last year in the bubble. The Blazers shot 23 for 48, missing their last four,
De’Aaron Fox had 29 points, six assists and six rebounds for Sacramento.
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