Clippers 133, Trail Blazers 116
Paul George scored 36 points and the Clippers rode a franchise-best 47-point first quarter to a victory over Portland on Tuesday night.
Kawhi Leonard added 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Clippers followed an 18-point rout of the defending champion Lakers two days ago with another impressive performance at both ends.
George shot 11 of 18, made six 3-pointers and hit all eight of his free throws. He finished three points off his season high of 39. Reggie Jackson added 23 points off the bench.
Norman Powell scored 32 points and CJ McCollum added 24 points for the Blazers, who had their four-game road winning streak snapped.
The Clippers harassed Damian Lillard into 2-of-14 shooting for 11 points, well under his team-leading 29.6 average. A frustrated Lillard earned a technical foul in the third. He had just four points in the second half.
"Just trying to keep ball out of his hands and really trying to make everything tough on him," Jackson said. "It was a great game plan."
The Clippers scored 47 points in the first quarter, the most in that quarter in franchise history, while shooting 64%. George's 22 points were the most by a Clipper in the first since Blake Griffin had the same on March 10, 2014, against Phoenix.
Portland coach Terry Stotts called his team's defensive effort in the first "embarrassing."
"The first quarter was really bad defensively," Powell said. "They didn't feel us. They got in a rhythm and were able to hit shots. We have to put together a full 48-minute effort on the defensive end."
George keyed a 24-6 run over the end of the first and start of the second that extended the Clippers' lead to 26 points, their largest of the game. He scored seven points. Leonard, Nicolas Batum and Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers and new addition DeMarcus Cousins capped the spurt by scoring on his offensive rebound.
"We talked about attacking the paint," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. "PG and Kawhi really did that and set the tone early on."
Trailing 62-36, the Blazers worked hard at getting back in the game. They outscored the Clippers 30-11 to close within seven at halftime. Powell scored nine, punctuated by a one-handed slam. McCollum added eight, and Robert Covington closed out the half with a 3-pointer that beat the shot clock.
The Clippers extended their lead to 14 points early in the third. Portland ran off 12 in a row, getting 3-pointers from Powell and Covington, to close to 84-82. That's the closest the Blazers came the rest of the way.
Los Angeles closed with an 18-7 spurt to lead 101-89 going into the fourth. Leonard and Jackson scored eight apiece and Rajon Rondo added a basket.
Cousins signed a 10-day contract. The 30-year-old center appeared in 25 games for Houston this season, averaging 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists.
"He definitely adds toughness," Lue said. "The biggest thing for him is seeing where his condition is right now. He hasn't played in a while."
Cousins had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in eight minutes.
Lakers 110, Raptors 101
The Lakers built a 34-point lead in the first 20 minutes and cruised to a win over Toronto.
Talen Horton-Tucker led seven Lakers in double figures with 17 points. Markieff Morris scored 15 before leaving the game with five fouls in the third quarter.
Pascal Siakam scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto after hitting just 2 of 11 shots in the first half.
The Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell and Toronto’s OG Anunoby were ejected with 2:24 left in the first quarter after Dennis Schroder fouled Anunoby’s layup attempt. Several players, including Harrell, were involved in an altercation after Schroder and Anunoby squared off.
The ejections were determined by a video review of the incident. The Lakers led 34-20 at the time.
The Lakers converted 13 of their first 18 3-point attempts and led 66-32 after Morris scored seven straight points late in the second quarter.
Los Angeles shot 60% overall in the first half and had a 29-13 rebounding advantage to lead 68-42 at the break.
Lakers center Andrew Drummond was unable to play in his first game with the Lakers. He has missed four games with a toe contusion since signing with LA on March 28.
Raptors guards Kyle Lowry (right foot infection) and Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor) did not play.
Warriors 122, Bucks 121
Kelly Oubre Jr. converted a pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give Golden State the lead, and Milwaukee missed at the end.
Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:06 to play on the way to 41 points with five 3-pointers as his team worked until the final buzzer to snap a three-game losing streak.
Oubre wound up with 19 points and Kent Bazemore scored 18 in just the Warriors' second win in nine games.
Khris Middleton scored 28 points as Milwaukee again missed injured big man Giannis Antetokounmpo. Holiday finished with 29 points and knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers that weren't quite enough.
Antetokounmpo sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee.
Hawks 123, Pelicans 107
Trae Young scored 30 points and helped lead a third-quarter 3-point barrage as surging Atlanta beat Zion Williamson and New Orleans.
The Hawks sank each of their 11 3-point attempts in the third, including four from Bogdan Bogdanovic, who had 21 points. Atlanta made 20 of 31 3s overall.
Young also had 12 assists. He made three 3s in the third as the Hawks surged to a 107-90 lead.
Kevin Huerter had 17 points for Atlanta, which has won four consecutive games to improve to 13-4 under interim coach Nate McMillan.
Williamson led the Pelicans with 34 points. Lonzo Ball had 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Nuggets 134, Pistons 119
Nikola Jokic scored 27 points in 27 minutes and Denver spoiled the return of Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee by shellacking Detroit.
Jokic also dished out 11 assists, his 83rd career double-digit assist game, two more than Wilt Chamberlain had in his Hall of Fame career.
The Nuggets got 25 points from Michael Porter Jr. and 24 from Will Barton. Denver led by as many as 28 before sitting most of its starters early in the second half.
Grant has had a breakout season in Detroit, where he brought a 22.4-point scoring average into Denver. He scored 29 points over 30 minutes to go with Saddiq Bey’s 25 points.
Grizzlies 124, Heat 112
Dillon Brooks scored 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting and Memphis ended another Miami losing streak.
Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Anderson finished with 19 points and Desmond Bane added 15 points for the Grizzlies, who won their third straight.
Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Bam Adebayo had 18 for the Heat, who had won their past four. Three weeks ago, Memphis stalled another Miami win streak at five.
Victor Oladipo, in his third game since joining the Heat in a trade with Houston, scored 16 points.
Bulls 113, Pacers 97
Nikola Vucevic took advantage of Indiana’s missing big men by posting 32 points and 17 rebounds in Chicago's win.
Chicago has won two straight since snapping a six-game losing streak and moved within one game of the Pacers for the No. 9 spot in the Eastern Conference. Vucevic also had five assists while going 14 of 29 from the field. All-Star Zach LaVine added 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Indiana began the game without two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis (sprained left ankle) and guard Malcolm Brogdon (sore right hip) before losing Myles Turner in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle.
Caris LeVert led the Pacers with 20 points and six rebounds. Edmond Sumner and Jeremy Lamb each scored 15 points as Indiana lost for the ninth time in 10 home games.
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