THE Golden State Warriors picked up a big win over the Los Angeles Clippers, while the Houston Rockets blew out a shorthanded Los Angeles Lakers.
That, and more, is in the NBA Wrap.
AUSSIES IN ACTION
Matthew Dellavedova had an efficient outiung in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 115-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The 26-year-old finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and one assist, shooting 7-for-11 from the field, and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc.
Aron Baynes pulled down three rebounds in the Detroit Pistons’ 87-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
DETROIT PISTONS 77 — CHARLOTTE HORNETS 87
On a rough shooting night for just about everyone, Kemba Walker got hot just long enough for the Charlotte Hornets.
Walker scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, Nic Batum posted his third straight double-double and the Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 87-77 on Wednesday despite shooting just 34 per cent from the field.
“The shots just weren’t falling (for) both teams,” Walker said. “Both teams played hard. Defensively I thought both teams were great, but down the stretch we were able to make some big plays and get a huge burst in the fourth quarter.”
Charlotte also got three key baskets in the fourth from reserve Marco Belinelli, who finished with 13 points.
“Marco was instrumental in getting our offence going in the third with a couple of catch-and-shoot buckets,” coach Steve Clifford said.
Andre Drummond had a season-high 26 points and 20 rebounds for the Pistons (12-12), who were coming off a 102-91 victory over the Bulls on Tuesday night. It was his 11th 20-20 game since 2012-13, tops in the NBA during that stretch.
Detroit shot 38 per cent from the field. It also went 5 for 8 from the free-throw line, compared to 21 for 29 for Charlotte.
BOSTON CELTICS 117 — ORLANDO MAGIC 87
Avery Bradley and the Boston Celtics made up for Isaiah Thomas’ absence by spreading the ball around.
Bradley scored 23 points, Jae Crowder had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Celtics routed the Orlando Magic 117-87 on Wednesday night.
Boston shot 51.2 per cent from the field and had seven players score in double figures, bouncing back nicely from a disappointing 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday night. Terry Rozier scored a career-high 16 points, and Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart finished with 13 apiece.
It was an impressive offensive performance while playing without Thomas, who was held out after he suffered a groin injury against the Rockets. Boston (13-9) trailed by one at the break, but grabbed control with a big third quarter and pulled away in the final period.
“Whenever we have somebody down we come together and try to figure out a game plan,” Bradley said. “And our game plan was to get it done on the defensive end and make sure we are moving the ball on the offensive end.”
Orlando shot 37 per cent from the field. D.J. Augustin scored 15 points — all the first half — and Evan Fournier had 14.
DENVER NUGGETS 111 — BROOKLYN NETS 116
The Brooklyn Nets almost picked up another heartbreaking loss Wednesday night. Then Sean Kilpatrick and Bojan Bogdanovic stepped up in the final seconds.
Kilpatrick and Bogdanovic each made two big free throws to help Brooklyn hold off the Denver Nuggets for a 116-111 victory.
Brooklyn had dropped three in a row and 10 of 11. Brook Lopez scored 24 points, Bogdanovich finished with 19 on 8-for-11 shooting, and Booker had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Chandler led the Nuggets with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Will Barton had 15 points, and Nelson and Nikola Jokic each scored 14.
MIAMI HEAT 95 — ATLANTA HAWKS 103
The Atlanta Hawks needed 14 days to win a game. Dwight Howard hopes to never go through a stretch like that again.
“All we’ve been thinking about since the last game was how we can come in and get this game,” he said. “I thought our effort and our energy were in the right place, and we got a win.”
Howard had 23 points and 17 rebounds, Paul Millsap added 21 points and the Hawks snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 103-95 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Dennis Schroder had 17 points for the Hawks. They are 2-10 since starting the season 9-2.
Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 27 points and Goran Dragic added 21 for the Heat. Miami, which used just eight players because of injuries, has lost three straight.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 107 — MILWAUKEE BUCKS 115
Giannis Antetokounmpo is emerging as a dynamic player and precocious leader — and at 22 years old, he’s already closing in on one of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s franchise records.
Antetokounmpo got his second triple-double of the season to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 on Wednesday night.
Antetokounmpo had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh career triple-double — second-most with the franchise behind Abdul-Jabbar’s eight. Antetokounmpo is the only NBA player averaging at least 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals this season.
Damian Lillard made five and scored a team-high 30 points to go with seven rebounds and six assists.
C.J. McCollum added 23 points, including four 3-pointers, as the Blazers continued a nine-game stretch of playing eight times on the road.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS 95 — HOUSTON ROCKETS 134
The Houston Rockets were determined to make up for losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in their season opener. It was clear from the beginning Wednesday night that things would be different this time around.
Eric Gordon made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points to help the Rockets cruise to a 134-95 victory.
James Harden added 25 points in three quarters. The Rockets scored a season high and extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.
“They have a lot of good road wins and for us that first game we played this season we lost so we wanted a get-back game,” Harden said.
The Rockets were up by 12 in the third quarter, then had a 22-6 run to make it 96-68 and put the game out of reach with about 3 minutes left in the quarter. Houston made four 3-pointers and got a nifty one-handed dunk from Clint Capela in that run to pad the lead.
Gordon already had four 3-pointers 7 minutes into the first quarter after making each of his first four attempts. It was his seventh straight game with at least four 3-pointers, which is a franchise record.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 126 — NEW YORK KNICKS 94
LeBron James had little to say about his choice of hotels and even less about Phil Jackson’s choice of words.
James and his teammates made their statement loudly on the court.
James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also surpassed 20, and the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the New York Knicks 126-94 on Wednesday night.
It was the first meeting since James was angered when Jackson referred to his friends and business partners as a “posse” last month in an ESPN interview. James refused to answer questions about the Knicks president, who watched the game from his usual seat a few rows back of centre court.
Irving led Cleveland with 28 points and Love scored 21, 16 in the first quarter, in Cleveland’s eighth straight victory over New York.
Brandon Jennings scored 16 points for the Knicks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped and lost for the just the third time in 10 games. He started for Derrick Rose, who missed his first game of the season with lower back pain.
The Caps made 22 3-pointers in 40 attempts.
Tristan Thompson grabbed 20 rebounds for the Cavs. They played without guard J.R. Smith, who returned to Cleveland for additional testing after hyperextending his left knee Monday in Toronto.
SACRAMENTO KINGS 120 — DALLAS MAVERICKS 89
DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings started and ended with victories on a six-game trip that got a little weird in the middle.
Now they’re headed home, but the road-heavy schedule isn’t quite finished.
Cousins had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the Kings snapped a three-game losing streak with a 120-89 victory over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.
Rudy Gay scored 19 as the Kings wrapped up a trip that started with a win at Brooklyn before an overtime loss at Washington on a back-to-back and a postponement in Philadelphia over poor floor conditions.
It was the second road trip of at least five games for the Kings, who play 21 of the first 35 games away from their new Golden 1 Center.
Deron Williams had 20 points for the injury-plagued Mavericks, who dropped to 4-17 in what is shaping up as their worst season in more than 20 years. Four rotation players were out, most notably Dirk Nowitzki (strained right Achilles tendon).
INDIANA PACERS 109 — PHOENIX SUNS 94
Paul George had some big numbers — and shut down high-scoring Devin Booker.
George had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Indiana Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Phoenix Suns 109-94 on Wednesday night.
George defended Booker and helped hold the second-year guard to 13 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Booker also committed four turnovers.
“He’s young and really good and has got a lot to learn playing with the physicality,” George said about Booker. “Tried to get him out of his spots, tried to get him uncomfortable. That’s what you have to do with guys that are so good with getting into a rhythm.”
Myles Turner added 20 points, and Jeff Teague had 19 points and a season-high 11 assists.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 115 — LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS 98
Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers 115-98 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win over Los Angeles.
Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State, and Kevin Durant, who came averaging a team-best 27.0 points, was held to 16 on 5-of-17 shooting.
Curry failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season, going 0 of 8. The Warriors were 7 of 30 from long range.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost five of seven. Four of their seven overall losses have come at home.
Blake Griffin struggled, scoring 12 points on 5-of-20 shooting and had seven of the Clippers’ 14 turnovers. J.J. Redick had two points, well under his 15.5 average.