JOE Ingles got hot from downtown in the Utah Jazz’s loss, while Russell Westbrook dropped another triple-double in a signature Thunder win.
That, and more, is in the NBA Wrap.
AUSSIES IN ACTION
Joe Ingles finished with 16 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Utah Jazz suffered a 112-105 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime.
The Australian wing hit four of his seven three-point attempts; all of them coming in a five minutes stretch in the second quarter.
In the same game, Danté Exum earned the start in place of the injured George Hill, and posted five points.
Andrew Bogut continued to sit for the Mavericks, suffering from a right hamstring strain.
UTAH JAZZ 105 — DALLAS MAVERICKS 112
Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105 on Thursday night.
Barnes’ three-point play ended an 11-0 run that began late in regulation and put Dallas ahead 107-100. Devin Harris scored the first four points of OT.
Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 36 points, but missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner as regulation ended.
The Mavericks scored the final four points of regulation, on a dunk by Barnes and a rebound basket from the edge of the foul line by Dirk Nowitzki with 3 seconds remaining.
Nowitzki finished with 20 points. Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds before fouling out with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
HOUSTON ROCKETS 107 — CHARLOTTE HORNETS 95
James Harden had 30 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and the Houston Rockets beat the Charlotte Hornets 107-95 on Thursday night for their third straight win.
It was the 25th time Harden has scored at least 30 points.
Harden was just 8 of 21 from the field and had nine turnovers, but turned up his play a notch down the stretch as the Rockets overcame a nine-point, third-quarter deficit.
The Rockets forced the Hornets into a season-high 22 turnovers, leading to 27 points.
Patrick Beverly had 17 points and Montrezl Harrell added 15 off the bench for the Rockets (39-17)
Nic Batum had 15 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have lost eight of their last nine.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 112 — ORLANDO MAGIC 111
T.J. McConnell made the go-ahead jumper with 5.8 seconds remaining, Dario Saric came off the bench to score 24 points and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Orlando Magic 112-111 on Thursday night.
McConnell’s basket in the lane came after Ersan Ilyasova won the jump ball against Evan Fournier in the waning moments of a game that featured 10 lead changes and five ties before the Sixers completed their final rally.
Moments earlier, Magic centre Nikola Vucevic had blocked Ilyasova’s shot in the corner with 13 seconds remaining and Orlando holding a one-point lead.
Ilyasova was the only starter in double figures with 16 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
Fournier led Orlando with 24 points but accounted for six of the team’s 21 turnovers. Vucevic added 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Magic’s third straight loss.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 109 — OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 118
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and had his 26th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-109 on Thursday night.
Westbrook added 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the 63rd triple-double of his career.
Victor Oladipo scored 23 points and Steven Adams had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder, who now can focus on their showdown with former teammate Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, LeBron James had 18 and Kevin Love added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who had won four straight. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said after Wednesday’s win at Indiana that he was considering resting the three All-Stars, but they all started.
BOSTON CELTICS 120 — PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 111
Isaiah Thomas scored 34 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and the Boston Celtics rebounded from a loss the previous night to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-111 on Thursday.
Marcus Smart added 18 for the Celtics, who had seven scorers in double figures. Thomas, who went into the game as the NBA’s No. 2 scorer behind Russell Westbrook, has scored 20 or more points in 37 straight games.
Damian Lillard had 28 points and seven assists for the Blazers, while Al-Farouq Aminu added 26 points.
The Celtics were playing the second of a back-to-back after losing the opening game of their four-game road trip, 108-92 in Sacramento. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak.