NBA-Highlights from Wednesday's NBA games
Nov 9 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Wednesday: Raptors 112, Thunder 102 DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to an 112-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. DeRozan made 13 of 22 shots from the field and 11 of 15 from the free throw line. Kyle Lowry had 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for Toronto while Patrick Patterson came off the bench to score 13 points. Russell Westbrook paced the Thunder with 36 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Victor Oladipo scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 14 points and 12 boards in the Thunder's first home loss of the season. Hornets 104, Jazz 98 Kemba Walker scored 21 points, while the Charlotte Hornets took control down the stretch to beat the Utah Jazz. Walker scored nine of his points in the final 3:59, including five straight during a stretch in which the Hornets pulled out to a 98-91 lead. Charlotte trailed for much of the game but led by as many as 10 in the closing minutes. Five other Hornets scored in double figures. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 29 points. Wizards 118, Celtics 93 Otto Porter had a career-high 34 points and 14 rebounds as the Washington Wizards turned a 26-point lead in the first quarter into a 118-93 win over the Boston Celtics. John Wall scored 19 points for the Wizards, who led 34-8 after the first quarter. Trey Burke contributed 18 points. The Celtics' Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points, Avery Bradley 21 and Marcus Smart 20. Timberwolves 123, Magic 107 Zack LaVine scored a career-high 37 points and Andrew Wiggins added 29 to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to victory over the Orlando Magic. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Knicks 110, Nets 96 Kristaps Porzingis matched his career high with four three-pointers on the way to scoring 21 points to help the New York Knicks defeat the Brooklyn Nets. Carmelo Anthony topped the Knicks (3-4) with 22 points. It was the first time this season the much maligned Knicks defense held an opponent to under 100 points. Justin Hamilton and Brook Lopez scored 21 points apiece for Brooklyn. Pacers 112, 76ers 115 (OT) Jeff Teague scored a season-best 30 points to go with nine assists, and Paul George added 28 as the Indiana Pacers rallied for an overtime victory against the winless Philadelphia 76ers. George's jumper with 3.9 seconds remaining in regulation tied it at 109 and forced overtime after Philadelphia had led by five with less than 1:30 remaining. Robert Covington led the 76ers with 23 points. Hawks 115, Bulls 107 Thabo Sefolosha scored a season-high 20 points and was the defensive catalyst that helped the Atlanta Hawks hold on down the stretch to beat the Chicago Bulls. Sefolosha made a crucial block on a Rajon Rondo jumper to halt Chicago's momentum and prevent Atlanta from wasting an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter. The Hawks (6-2) had eight players scored in double figures, including Dwight Howard with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Millsap with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Chicago got a season-high 39 points from Jimmy Butler and 25 from Dwayne Wade. Suns 107, Pistons 100 Eric Bledsoe scored 14 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter and Phoenix kept Detroit winless on the road this season. Bledsoe nearly had a triple-double as he had 11 rebounds and eight assists. Reserve Jared Dudley added 19 for the Suns, who placed six in double figures. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a team-high 27 points for the Pistons. Rockets 101, Spurs 99 James Harden scored 24 points and distributed 15 assists to lead five Houston players in double figures as the Rockets held on for a 101-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Ryan Anderson added 20 points for the Rockets, while Eric Gordon scored 15, and Clint Capela and Sam Dekker hit for 12 and 10 points, respectively. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs (5-3) with 34 points. Clippers 111, Trail Blazers 80 Blake Griffin recorded 22 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Los Angeles Clippers recorded their largest margin of victory over the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul scored 19 points and handed out seven assists as the Clippers (7-1) won their fourth in a row. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whose team leads the Western Conference, removed his starters with a little less than four minutes remaining in the third quarter. Shabazz Napier finished with 11 points to lead the Blazers. No Portland starter reached double figures. Warriors 116, Mavericks 95 Klay Thompson poured in 18 of his 20 points in the first eight minutes of the game as the Golden State Warriors spoiled the return of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut with a 116-95 shellacking of the undermanned Dallas Mavericks. Facing the Warriors for the first time since leaving as a free agent in the offseason, Barnes scored 25 points and made eight rebounds. Bogut, who was dealt to Dallas in a cost-cutting move by Golden State in July, was one of six Mavericks either being rested or injured as they dressed just nine players.