Anthony Davis scored 34 points, including 27 in the first half, and grabbed 15 rebounds as Los Angeles powered their way past visiting San Antonio for a third win in four games.
San Antonio Spurs 106-114 Los Angeles Lakers
Talen Horton-Tucker added 17 points in his season debut for the Lakers, with Malik Monk scoring 16, Wayne Ellington and Carmelo Anthony 15 each, and Russell Westbrook recording 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers have won three of their past four games and are 4-4 this season in games in which LeBron James (abdominal strain) has not played.
Keldon Johnson scored 24 points (including a career-best six 3-pointers) for San Antonio, who lost for a second consecutive game. Dejounte Murray added a triple-double (22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists), while Devin Vassell scored 19 points, Thaddeus Young 17, and Derrick White 10.
Sunday night’s NBA results
|San Antonio Spurs 106-114 Los Angeles Lakers|
|Milwaukee Bucks 100-120 Atlanta Hawks|
|Golden State Warriors 102-106 Charlotte Hornets|
|Phoenix Suns 115-89 Houston Rockets|
|Brooklyn Nets 120-96 Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Portland Trail Blazers 95-124 Denver Nuggets|
|Chicago Bulls 100-90 Los Angeles Clippers|
Phoenix Suns 115-89 Houston Rockets
Devin Booker scored a game-high 26 points and JaVale McGee recorded a double-double as Phoenix extended their winning streak to eight games with a victory over hosts Houston.
Booker tallied 16 first-quarter points to get the Suns off to a solid start, while McGee excelled in filling the void for Deandre Ayton (leg). McGee added three blocked shots to his 19 points and 14 rebounds to anchor the Suns’ interior defense as Phoenix took advantage of another ragged display of ball handling from Houston.
The Rockets, last in the league with 18.9 turnovers per game, totalled 23 turnovers that Phoenix converted into 22 points. Those miscues, in addition to 7-for-32 3-point shooting, stalled any attempt for the Rockets to snap a skid has that reached 11 consecutive games.
Chicago Bulls 100-90 Los Angeles Clippers
DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points and Zach LaVine chipped in with 29 as the visiting Chicago Bulls defeated Los Angeles 100-90 Sunday, snapping the Clippers’ seven-game winning streak.
The first game of a Southern California back-to-back belonged to the Bulls’ homecoming guards.
DeRozan, a Los Angeles-area native, shot 12-of-16 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line, while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing five assists. LaVine, who played college basketball at nearby UCLA, shot 6-of-13 from 3-point range and grabbed eight rebounds.
LaVine’s hanging jumper over two defenders with 51.8 seconds remaining ended any hope of a Clippers comeback.
Los Angeles played from behind for most of the night, falling behind 30-17 through one quarter in the second game of a weekend back-to-back. Behind Paul George (27 points), the Clippers fought back in the fourth quarter but it was to no avail.
Atlanta Hawks 120-100 Milwaukee Bucks
Trae Young scored a season-high 42 points to help Atlanta end their six-game losing streak with a win over visiting Milwaukee.
Young was 16-for-26 from the field and 8-for-13 on 3-pointers – matching his career-high for successful threes – and had 10 assists and eight rebounds.
John Collins scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half, and Clint Capela added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Hawks.
Milwaukee were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who returned from missing Friday’s game with a right ankle sprain and recorded 26 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Jrue Holiday added 19 points and eight assists and Grayson Allen scored 18 as the Bucks lost their second straight game.
Brooklyn Nets 120-96 Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant scored 33 points with Patty Mills adding 29 – including a career-high nine 3-pointers – to lead Brooklyn to a road win over Oklahoma City.
The Nets have now won three consecutive games and eight of their last nine, finishing a season-long six-game road trip 5-1. They also snapped the Thunder’s four-game winning streak.
Luguentz Dort, the star of Oklahoma City’s last two wins, finished with 20 points, while Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 23 points.
Charlotte Hornets 106-102 Golden State Warriors
Miles Bridges scored 22 points and LaMelo Ball had 21 as Charlotte edged the visiting Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.
The big contribution came from Terry Rozier, who scored all 20 of his points in the second half as the Hornets stretched their winning streak to three games.
The Warriors, who lost for just the second time in 13 games, had a seven-game winning streak snapped.
Andrew Wiggins poured in 28 points and Stephen Curry, playing in his hometown, had 24 points for the Warriors. Jordan Poole added 13 points and Draymond Green 11. Curry was just 3-for-13 on 3-pointers.
Denver Nuggets 124-95 Portland Trail Blazers
Nikola Jokic had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Bones Hyland scored 18 points, and hosts Denver beat short-handed Portland.
Monte Morris finished with 15 points, Facundo Campazzo 13, and P.J. Dozier and JaMychal Green contributed 12 each for Denver, who have won five consecutive games and spoiled the homecoming of Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, a former Nuggets player.
Portland guard Damian Lillard was out with what the team called an abdominal injury that he has dealt with in the past and that he aggravated on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
CJ McCollum scored 21, Anfernee Simons had 16 points and Nassir Little and Norman Powell finished with 13 apiece for the Blazers.