Blake Griffin powered for 22 points with 12 boards, Chris Paul had 14 points with 16 assists as the LA Clippers stormed past the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 111–103 on Wednesday night in a showdown of Western Conference powerhouses.
The highly emotional early season contest was marred by a brief scuffle involving Griffin, team-mate Matt Barnes and Thunder Serge Ibaka just before halftime. Griffin was hit with a technical foul, while Barnes and Ibaka were ejected.
Jamal Crawford scored 20 points, including the game-sealing triple with 34 seconds remaining for the Clippers (6-3) who outscored their guests 58–41 in the second half for a third straight win.
Kevin Durant paced the Thunder with 33 points, 10 assists and six boards, while Russell Westbrook finished with 19 points and 10 assists for the Thunder, who led by 10 in the third quarter but had their four–game winning streak come to an end.
- Utah Jazz 111- 105 New Orleans Pelicans: Hayward had 27 points with a career–high 10 assists, Richard Jefferson scored 22, and the Utah Jazz (1–8) won its first game of the season, 111–105, over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans despite Anthony Davis’ 29 points and 15 rebounds.
- Philadelphia 76ers 123 - Houston Rockets 117: James Anderson poured in a career–high 36 points, including a triple with 6.6 seconds left to force overtime, and Evan Turner added eight of his 23 in the extra session as the Philadelphia 76ers defused the visiting Houston Rockets 123-117.
Tony Wroten added 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for the Sixers to become the first player to record a triple-double in his first start since 1976.
– San Antonio Spurs 92—79 Washington Wizards : Frenchman Tony Parker scored 16 points to pace six teammates in double figures, and the surging San Antonio Spurs (8–1) rolled to their sixth straight victory, 92–79, after beating the visiting Washington Wizards for the 15th consecutive time.
— Minnesota Timberwolves 124- 95 Cleveland Cavaliers : Kevin Love scored 33 points, Corey Brewer added 27 while Spaniard Ricky Rubio had 16 points with a career-best 16 assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves mauled the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 124–95.
— Orlando Magic 94- Milwaukee Bucks 91: Arron Afflalo drained eight triples en route to a career-high 36 points and the Orlando Magic stormed back from 19 down to beat the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks for the 15th straight time at home, 94-91.
O.J. Mayo netted 25 points for Milwaukee, which dressed just eight players due to injuries in its third consecutive loss.DPA