Rivers scores 19 points to help Clippers beat Jazz 88-75
Durant’s 37 leads Warriors past pesky Suns 106-100
Durant scored 37 points, Stephen Curry added 28 and the Warriors held off the pesky Suns 106-100 on Sunday.
“We are not clicking and everybody can see that,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “It will come but the main thing while we are going through this process is to continue to compete and try to pick up wins.”
The Warriors didn’t seal the victory until Curry’s two free throws with 12.9 seconds to play. Durant added a pair of free throws with seven seconds left to provide the final margin.
Durant was 15 of 16 at the line.
“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” he said. “If you play me straight up, I like my chances. I try to get there (the foul line) as much as possible. My guys were setting great screens for me and I was able to get downhill some.
When Leonard returned, order was restored for San Antonio. Bandaged up but otherwise unbothered, Leonard scored 14 of his 27 points in the final 6:04 — including the last 12 for the Spurs, who beat Miami 106-99 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten at 4-0.
“It wasn’t anything with my eye or retina or anything,” said Leonard, who didn’t need stitches. “Just under my eye, I got a little cut.”
Pau Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who wasted a 16-point first-half lead and trailed by one when Leonard returned with 6:48 remaining after the Spurs needed only a couple minutes to patch him up. Patty Millsadded 18 for San Antonio, who won at Miami for the fifth consecutive time.
“I thought we hung in there tough on the road,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “That was the best part of the game. We didn’t give in.”
Hassan Whiteside made his final seven shots and tied a career high with 27 points for Miami, also grabbing 15 rebounds. Goran Dragic scored 25 points andJustise Winslow added 18 for the Heat. Miami took the lead on a layup by Dragic right before Leonard returned, yet only held that lead for 18 seconds.
Andre Drummond finished with another flashy stat line, and coach Stan Van Gundy felt the 7-footer’s contributions went well beyond the numbers.
“He’s just been really willing offensively to give himself up. He knows the attention he draws and he has been willing to do that,” Van Gundy said. “That’s frustrating at times, but he’s still getting shots — a lot of them are offensive rebounds, I understand that, but he’s still getting the ball down there and getting a chance to score.”
Drummond had 20 points and 23 rebounds, helping the Detroit Pistons cruise to a 98-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21 points for the Pistons, who scored seven straight points in the final minute of the third quarter to build a 10-point lead.
Drummond reached 20 rebounds for a second consecutive game, and this was his 10th career game with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.
“I worked hard this summer on all aspects of my game,” Drummond said. “The work is just showing.”
Westbrook gets another triple-double, Thunder beat Lakers
Russell Westbrook wasn’t entirely pleased with his 51-point triple-double two nights earlier, so he adjusted his approach.
Westbrook still scored 33 points as part of another triple-double, but he focused more on his role as a facilitator on Sunday. He had 16 assists to go with 12 rebounds, helping the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 113-96 to remain undefeated.
Westbrook took a career-high 44 shots against Phoenix on Friday, and he criticized himself for it afterward. This time, he made 11 of 21 field goals.
“I thought we did a good job of running the offense, letting it work for us,” he said. “Getting better shots, easy shots, and it worked out for us.”
According to the Thunder, Westbrook joined Magic Johnson, Jerry Lucas and Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history with two triple-doubles in the first three games of a season. He now averages 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 11.7 assists.
“He had a masterful game tonight — the way he was getting everyone involved, shooting when the shots were there and playmaking for teammates,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “When we were aggressive on him, he showed today why he’s one of the top point guards in the world.”
The Thunder have won 20 straight regular-season games when Westbrook registers a triple-double. He clinched this one, the 39th of his career, in the third quarter.
“That’s standard for him,” Thunder center Steven Adams said. “He’s a freak.”
Victor Oladipo added 20 points for the Thunder.
Gasol scores 20 to help Grizzlies beat Wizards in OT
Marc Gasol is trying to add long-range shooting to his repertoire.
Gasol’s 3-point basket in the closing seconds of regulation and two more from beyond the arc in overtime carried the Grizzlies to a 112-103 victory over theWashington Wizards on Sunday night.
“I don’t see anything extraordinary,” the Grizzlies’ 7-foot-1 center said. “My 2-pointers weren’t going, and eventually, I got going from the 3-point line.”
Gasol finished with 20 points, including eight in the extra period as Memphis overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 3-plus minutes of regulation, capped by Gasol’s 27-footer with 15.7 seconds left. That tied the game at 100-all.
John Wall‘s 9-foot attempt at the horn misfired, sending the game to overtime.
“I thought he had a chance to turn the corner,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Wall’s final attempt in regulation. “And give (Grizzlies guard Mike) Conley credit. He cut him off. There was some contact, but I’ve been around a lot of NBA games, and that’s not enough contact.”
Wall led the Wizards with 22 points and 13 assists as all five Washington starters reached double figures. Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat had 14 points apiece, with Gortat also grabbing 12 rebounds. Otto Porter had 13 points, whileMarkieff Morris and Marcus Thornton added 11 each.
Harden hits late free throw, Rockets beat Mavs 93-92
James Harden blamed the added suspense on Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni.
Harden made a free throw with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the Rockets over theDallas Mavericks 93-92 in their home opener Sunday night.
Harden put extra pressure on himself by missing the first of two foul shots after being fouled by Wesley Matthews on a driving layup at the buzzer with the game tied.
“Coach messed me up, man — he said, `Make the first one and miss the second one,’ and I did the opposite,” Harden said with a smile. “I’m just happy I made it and we came away with the win.”
Harden led Houston with 28 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, edging Matthews in a gutsy back-and-forth.
After trailing by 10 entering the fourth quarter, Dallas tied it at 92 on a 3-pointer by Matthews with 4.1 seconds remaining.
D’Antoni was pleased with the execution on the play that won the game. Nene received the inbound pass and found a cutting Harden with a crisp bounce pass before Matthews drew his sixth foul.
“That’s what he does,” D’Antoni said. “That’s why he’s one of the best, and he’s just so good at drawing fouls and getting in the lane.”
Matthews led Dallas with 25 points and J.J. Barea scored 18 points off the bench. In falling to the Rockets for the second time in three days, the Mavericks fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2011-12, the lockout-shortened season following their title.