Devin Booker equaled his season record of 38 points and also had seven rebounds and five assists on an important night to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 115-97 win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder.
In the first quarter, Booker, at 25 years and 60 days, became the seventh youngest player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career points. He finished the game with 10,034.
Booker scored 68 points in less than a week against the Thunder, after scoring 30 when Phoenix recorded a 113-101 home win over Oklahoma City last Thursday.
On Wednesday night, JaVale McGee contributed 16 points and eight rebounds and Cameron Payne added 16 points and seven assists for Phoenix, who blocked a two-game slide.
Ty Jerome set the career record of 24 points and eight rebounds for Oklahoma City, who lost their second consecutive game.
The NBA results on Wednesday night
- New York Knicks 94-85 Detroit Pistons
- Charlotte Hornets 116-108 Indiana Pacers
- LA Clippers 91-82 Boston Celtics
- Atlanta Hawks 117-131 Chicago Bulls
- LA Lakers 99-104 Memphis Grizzlies
- Oklahoma City Thunder 97-115 Phoenix Suns
- Utah Jazz 120-105 Portland Trail Blazers
- Dallas Mavericks 94-95 Sacramanto Kings
Metu’s buzzer-beater makes the Kings win the Mavericks
Chimezie Metu scored on a three-pointer that beat the buzzer that started with 3.8 seconds left to give the Sacramento Kings a 95-94 win over the visiting Dallas Mavericks.
Metu had a chance to be a hero after the Kings, down by two points, chose not to foul the Mavericks in their final possession, which began with 27.8 seconds left.
Dallas committed a 24-second violation, giving the Kings the ball and De’Aaron Fox switched to Metu, who practiced his 3-point third of the game to give Sacramento their second home win in two nights, after the win. Tuesday about the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Grizzlies beat the Lakers after the fourth quarter rally
Ja Morant set a career record of six points from 3 and set a season record of 41 points as the Memphis Grizzlies reunited for their third straight win, beating the visiting Los Angeles Lakers 104-99.
Desmond Bane scored 20 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. 15 for Memphis, who remained behind for most of the first three quarters before beating the Lakers 26-16 late in the day.
LeBron James tied his career with eight triples and finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers.
James, who turns 37 on Thursday, has scored at least 30 points in six straight games, but the Lakers have not lost six of their last seven games.
Russell Westbrook recorded his eighth triple double of the season with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Jazz win the fifth consecutive game after eliminating the Trail Blazers
Rudy Gobert scored 22 points and took 14 rebounds, while Rudy Gay scored 21 points while Utah Jazz secured a 120-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers
Six Jazz players scored 15 or more points and the team shot 52.9% from the field to win their fifth consecutive game overall and eighth straight away.
Damian Lillard and Norman Powell scored 32 points each for Portland, but Larry Nance Jr. (14 points) was the only other Blazer to hit double figures for an understaffed team that have now lost three straight games.
The Blazers were without two coaches, including manager Chauncey Billups, and seven players who are all in the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
The Bulls complete the sweep in the house and in the house of the Hawks
Zach LaVine scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic and Coby White recorded double doubles as the Chicago Bulls extended their winning streak to five games with a 131-117 win over the Atlanta Hawks
Winners of 12 points in Atlanta on Monday, the Bulls swept away the home series to send the Hawks to their third straight and fifth loss in six games.
Vucevic contributed 16 points and 20 rebounds for his third consecutive double doubles and fourth in five games, while White added 17 points and 12 of Chicago’s 38 best assists of the season.
DeMar DeRozan (20 points), Ayo Dosunmu (14), Javonte Green (14) and Tyler Cook (10) also finished in double figures for the Bulls.
Trae Young scored a record 26 points from the end with 11 assists for Atlanta, which was plagued by numerous absences due to NBA health and safety protocols for Covid-19.
The Clippers won against the Celtics
Marcus Morris Sr. finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds against his former team as he led the Los Angeles Clippers past the Boston Celtics in a 91-82 win.
Luke Kennard, Eric Bledsoe and Terance Mann each added 17 points for Los Angeles, which had lost two consecutive games and five of their previous six games.
Jaylen Brown scored 30 points on shooting with 13 of 36 for the Celtics, while Robert Williams III added 16 points and 14 rebounds before exiting in the fourth quarter with apparent head injury.
Boston, who have suffered their third consecutive and eighth defeats in their last 11 games, have only made four of 42 triples.
The defeat of the Knicks impoverished Detroit
Alec Burks struck a season record of 34 points off the bench as the visiting New York Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter under the impoverished Detroit Pistons 94-85.
Immanuel Quickly scored 18 points and RJ Barrett threw 15 for New York.
Detroit’s Saddiq Bey scored 32 points and Hamidou Diallo provided 31 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons, who had 12 players listed as out, including eight in the league protocols.
They used six players who signed 10-day contracts last week.
Rouzier leads the Hornets ahead of the Pacers
Terry Rozier scored 35 points, including a nice late game, when Charlotte Hornets defeated Indiana 106-108 in Indianapolis for a third straight win.
Three times in the past six minutes, when the Pacers have been running, Rozier has responded with sweaters. His triple extended the lead to 111-103 with 2:33 to play and he had 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Caris LeVert led the Pacers in scoring for the sixth time in their last eight games, racking up 27 points.