Paul George scored 36 points, Carmelo Anthony added a season-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook recorded a season-best 20 assists as the Oklahoma City Thunder throttled the Cleveland Cavaliers 148-124 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Thunder led wire-to-wire in extending their winning streak to four games. Paul teamed with Steven Adams (25 points, 10 rebounds) to score the first 20 points for Oklahoma City, and when Westbrook added two free throws at the 6:45 mark of the first quarter, the Thunder lead 22-12.
Isaiah Thomas tallied 24 points for the Cavaliers, who've lost nine of 12 games. LeBron James finished with 18 points, leaving him seven shy of becoming the seventh player in league history with 30,000 career points. James added seven assists and finished minus-33 over 38 minutes.
Cleveland was a defensive sieve from the opening tip, allowing Adams easy access to the rim on deep post-ups and offensive rebounds while also surrendering open perimeter looks to George. The Thunder posted a season-high 43 points in the first quarter, shooting 63 percent (17-for-27), including 5-of-9 on 3s, as George and Adams combined for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
Heat 106, Hornets 105
Kelly Olynyk made the second of a two-shot free-throw opportunity with 0.2 seconds remaining as Miami put together a strong final two minutes to overcome Charlotte at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
The Heat trailed 101-91 with less than four minutes to play. It was 105-100 before James Johnson's dunk with 34 seconds to go. Just seconds later, Josh Richardson's steal led to Johnson's tying 3-pointer.
Pelicans 111, Grizzlies 104
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis played their first game since being named starters in the NBA All-Star Game, but teammate Jrue Holiday commanded equal billing as New Orleans beat Memphis in the Smoothie King Center.
Holiday scored a team-high 27 points as the Pelicans got their first victory over the Grizzlies after two losses earlier in the season. Cousins had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Darius Miller came off the bench to score 12.
76ers 116, Bucks 94
Joel Embiid scored 29 points, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot added 16 and Philadelphia defeated Milwaukee at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
It was Embiid's third straight game with at least 20 points and the 25th time he has accomplished the feat this season.
Bulls 113, Hawks 97
Robin Lopez kept his personal hot streak going with a game-high 20 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen added 19 to lead Chicago to a win in Atlanta.
It was Lopez's fifth straight double-digit scoring output and his third with 16 or more points in that span, during which he is averaging 15.6 points.
Bobby Portis scored 14 points, Justin Holiday added 13 and Zach LaVine totaled eight points and nine boards in his fourth game with the Bulls, as they won for the fourth time in five games.
--Field Level Media