NBA roundup: Clippers fall in George’s debut

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Jrue Vacation scored 36 factors because the host New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Paul George’s Clippers debut with a 132-127 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night time.

Nov 14, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers ahead Paul George (13) controls the ball in opposition to New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Vacation (11) within the second half on the Smoothie King Middle. Obligatory Credit score: Chuck Prepare dinner-USA TODAY Sports activities

Vacation broke out of a taking pictures hunch to outduel George, who returned from offseason surgical procedure on each shoulders to attain 33 factors in 24 minutes.

Frank Jackson added 23 factors, Derrick Favors had 20 factors and 20 rebounds, JJ Redick scored 19 and E’Twaun Moore had 15 because the Pelicans gained simply their third sport of the season.

Lou Williams scored 31, Rodney McGruder had 20 and Montrezl Harrell added 18 for L.A. Kawhi Leonard, the opposite marquee offseason acquisition that helped make the Clippers championship contenders, didn’t swimsuit up after taking part in 41 minutes in a 102-93 loss at Houston the night time earlier than.

The Pelicans led 72-59 at halftime however the Clippers minimize the deficit to 4 as George scored seven of his crew’s first 11 factors within the third quarter.

Warmth 108, Cavaliers 97

Rookie Kendrick Nunn had 23 factors and eight assists as Miami loved a quick begin after which held on to defeat host Cleveland.

Nunn shot 10 of 16 from the ground on Thursday, together with hitting one in all Miami’s three straight Three-pointers to open the sport, after going 21 of 60 from the ground in his earlier 5 video games. The Warmth have gained six of their previous eight video games and are Eight-Three, their finest 11-game begin because the Huge Three period in 2013-14.

Miami’s Bam Adebayo collected 16 factors and 15 rebounds, and rookie Tyler Herro scored 16 factors in his return from a one-game absence brought on by a sprained ankle. Kevin Love had 21 factors and 10 rebounds, whereas Collin Sexton chipped in with 15 factors for the Cavaliers.

Bucks 124, Bulls 115

Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his season excessive of 38 factors and recorded 16 rebounds and three steals to guide Milwaukee previous visiting Chicago.

Eric Bledsoe scored a season-best 31 factors on 12-of-14 taking pictures for his fifth straight 20-point outing. Bledsoe added eight assists as Milwaukee defeated Chicago for the seventh straight time.

Wesley Matthews tallied 15 factors and Brook Lopez added 13 for the Bucks, who’ve gained six of their previous seven video games. Milwaukee performed its first sport with out All-Star ahead Khris Middleton, who is anticipated to overlook three to 4 weeks with a left thigh damage.

Nuggets 101, Nets 93

Nikola Jokic had 18 factors and 10 rebounds, Paul Millsap additionally scored 18 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds, and host Denver beat Brooklyn.

Will Barton scored 17 factors and Jerami Grant had 12 factors off the bench for Denver, which overcame a sluggish first half to win for the fifth time in six video games. The Nuggets have trailed at halftime in eight of their 11 video games and are 6-2 in these video games.

Jarrett Allen had 17 factors and 10 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 17 and dished out 9 assists, and Spencer Dinwiddie additionally scored 17 factors for the Nets, who had been held to a season-low in factors.

Knicks 106, Mavericks 103

Marcus Morris Sr. drained the tie-breaking Three-pointer with 13.four seconds left as host New York outlasted Kristaps Porzingis and Dallas in a wild win.

The Knicks gained for simply the third time in 12 video games this season, however two of these wins have come on the expense of the Mavericks and Porzingis, who performed his first three seasons for the Knicks.

The Mavericks have misplaced three of 4. Porzingis collected a double-double (20 factors, 11 rebounds) however was scoreless within the fourth quarter. Luka Doncic recorded his fifth triple-double of the season.

Suns 128, Hawks 112

Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a season-high 30 factors and grabbed seven rebounds, and host Phoenix pulled away from Atlanta.

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Phoenix guard Devin Booker added 27 factors and 7 assists. Dario Saric had a season-high 23 factors and pulled down six rebounds, and Frank Kaminsky tied a season excessive with 19 factors and had six rebounds off the bench for the Suns, who made 15 Three-pointers to increase their franchise-record streak to 9 video games with a minimum of 11 threes.

Jabari Parker had 24 factors and 7 rebounds, and Trae Younger contributed 21 factors and 13 assists for Hawks, who performed their first sport with out injured guard Kevin Huerter.

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