Warriors overpower Clippers, T-Wolves outlast Heat in OT


Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the second half at Staples Center. Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Warriors 141, Clippers 113

Stephen Curry scored 31 points and Kevin Durant added 19 as Golden State cruised past Los Angeles a day after falling at home to the Detroit Pistons.

It was the Warriors’ 11th consecutive victory over their Western Conference rival, with the Clippers last beating Golden State on Christmas Day 2014.

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points for the Clippers, while Lou Williams added 17 and Blake Griffin had 16. The Clippers took second consecutive defeat after opening the season 4-0. They lost to the Pistons a day before the Warriors did.


Timberwolves 125, Heat 122 (OT)

Jeff Teague scored 23 points to lead Minnesota to an overtime victory over Miami.

Teague’s two free throws with 4.4 seconds remaining gave the Timberwolves their final margin. Dion Waiters’ game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Waiters finished with a game-high 33 points.

Andrew Wiggins finished with 22 points and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Jimmy Butler also finished in double figures with 16 points.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) scores a basket during the first quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

76ers 115, Rockets 107

Ben Simmons scored 24 points and teamed with Joel Embiid down the stretch to help Philadelphia fend off Houston at Toyota Center.

Simmons finished with seven rebounds and nine assists. Embiid chipped in 22 points, nine boards and five assists.

James Harden paced the Rockets with 29 points and seven assists. Eric Gordon scored 25 points, and Clint Capela added 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Hornets 104, Grizzlies 99

Kemba Walker scored 27 points and Jeremy Lamb added 17 to lead Charlotte to a come-from-behind victory over Memphis.

Walker scored nine of his game-high point total in the final 6:16 as the Hornets took advantage of a cold-shooting Memphis squad.

The Grizzlies, who shot 34.4 percent, were led by reserve Tyreke Evans’ 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mike Conley (16 points) and Marc Gasol (10 points) combined to shoot 8 of 33.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) battles for the ball with Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) and guard Damian Lillard (0) at Moda Center. Troy Wayrynen, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Raptors 99, Trail Blazers 85

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half, and Toronto rode a big opening-half lead to a victory over Portland at Moda Center.

Kyle Lowry contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Lucas Nogueira chipped in 17 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors.

Damian Lillard scored 25 of his season-high 36 points in the second half for the Trail Blazers. CJ McCollum added 16 points but made just 5 of 16 shots.


Jazz 104, Mavericks 89

Rudy Gobert totaled 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and a career-high six assists to lead Utah over Dallas.

Rodney Hood had a season-high 25 points, and Ricky Rubio added 20 points as the Jazz improved to 4-0 at home.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points, J.J. Barea added 17 points and Devin Harris had 15 for Dallas, which could not overcome 24 turnovers that led to 33 points for Utah.


Magic 115, Pelicans 99

Marreese Speights exploded for four wide-open 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 18 points, and Nikola Vucevic, Jonathon Simmons and Evan Fournier scored 20 points each to lift Orlando over New Orleans.

The Magic led 88-83 after three quarters, then held the Pelicans to 15 fourth-quarter points. Orlando outscored the Pelicans 55-35 in the second half.

New Orleans got 26 points from Anthony Davis in the first half, but he scored only two points in the third quarter and finished with 39 points and 10 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins scored 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.

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