SATURDAY’S OTHER NBA GAMES
Warriors 121, Clippers 105
Steph Curry scored a season-high 45 points without playing the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Los Angeles Clippers for their fourth straight victory. Curry took advantage of the guard-depleted Clippers, making 11 of 21 shots, including 8 of 16 3-pointers, going against rookie Juwan Evans and G-League call-up Tyrone Wallace. The Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffered a concussion late in the first quarter when he stumbled driving into the lane from the right wing and hit his head on JaVale McGee’s right elbow. Griffin fell to the floor immediately, and remained down for several minutes as team physicians tended to him. He walked off under his own power and went to the locker room. Nick Young and JaVale McGee each scored 11 points, and Klay Thompson and David West added 10 apiece for Golden State, playing with Kevin Durant sidelined by a right calf strain. Lou Williams scored 23 points, and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers.
Celtics 87, Nets 85
Jayson Tatum had a driving dunk and a 3-pointer on consecutive late possessions, pulling the Boston Celtics out of a late hole and leading them to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie Irving finished with 21 points, and Tatum added 14. Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 points for the Nets, who were bidding for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Joe Harris had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams shot under 40 percent, with the Celtics perhaps worn out after a draining week in which they beat Cleveland on Wednesday and Minnesota on Friday in nationally televised games at home.
Pistons 108, Rockets 101
Tobias Harris scored 27 points, and the Detroit Pistons held on for another win against one of the NBA’s top teams, the Houston Rockets. Detroit is only four games over .500, but the Pistons have beaten Golden State, Boston, San Antonio, Minnesota and now Houston. The Rockets are without injured star James Harden, but the Pistons were missing their own standout, with Andre Drummond sidelined because of a right rib contusion. As usual, Houston relied heavily on 3-point shooting. The Rockets went 7 for 13 from beyond the arc in the first quarter, but were only 8 for 34 after that. Detroit was the more efficient team from 3-point range, going 12 of 25. Chris Paul had 16 points and 13 assists for Houston. Ish Smith scored 17 points for Detroit, and Dwight Buycks added a career-high 16. There were eight lead changes and six ties in the first half, and Houston led 58-57 after two quarters. Detroit then outscored the Rockets 31-19 in the third. A dunk by Harris put the Pistons up 72-65, and Reggie Bullock’s 3 near the end of the period made it 86-72. Houston rallied late and cut the deficit to four with 15.5 seconds left, but Smith made two free throws for Detroit at the other end.
Pacers 125, Bulls 86
Victor Oladipo had 23 points and nine assists in three quarters in his return from a right knee injury to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Chicago Bulls. Oladipo also had six rebounds and five steals to help the Pacers end a five-game losing streak. He missed the previous four games. Domantas Sabonis added 22 points, and TJ Leaf had 15. Bobby Portis had 15 points, and Denzel Valentine and Lauri Markkanen each had 13 points and five rebounds for the Bulls. They’ve lost four of their last five games. Indiana had a 6-2 run that ended with a technical free throw by Darren Collison and a basket by Sabonis to take a 31-19 lead with 2:43 remaining in the first period. They went on a 14-0 run in the second quarter to go ahead 48-28. Thaddeus Young scored on a turnaround hookshot to give the Pacers a 64-37 halftime lead. Indiana led by as much as 41 points when Leaf dunked to make it 116-75 with 5:30 left to play.
Bucks 110, Wizards 103
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 12 rebounds, Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Wizards. Antetokounmpo also had seven assists to help Milwaukee win for the fourth time in six games and snap Washington’s four-game winning streak. Khris Middleton had 20 points, and John Henson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee guard Matthew Dellavedova was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Washington’s Bradley Beal midway through the fourth quarter. John Wall had 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Wizards, but shot 0 for 5 from the floor in the fourth. Bradley Beal led Washington with 20 points on a night starting swingman Otto Porter Jr. sat out with a strained right hip. Markieff Morris added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Milwaukee closed the game on a 12-4 run.