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February 28, 2015

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 16 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-112 Friday night, spoiling Russell Westbrook’s third straight triple-double.

Westbrook, who fell and hit his face on teammate Andre Roberson’s knee in the final seconds, had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He became the first player to string together three triple-doubles since LeBron James in 2009.

The Blazers overcame a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and tied it on a tip shot by Aldridge with 4:33 to go.

Rookie Mitch McGary came off the bench for a season-high 20 points — 12 in the third quarter — for the Thunder.


TORONTO (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and Golden State never trailed against Toronto.

Draymond Green had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Warriors. They bounced back from a loss Thursday night in Cleveland to improve to 10-2 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Tempers flared after Golden State’s Festus Ezeli pushed Toronto’s Tyler Hansbrough in the throat after they tangled under the basket in the third. Hansbrough responded by chasing after Ezeli, shoving him and throwing a punch that failed to connect. Both players received double technical fouls and were ejected.

Terrence Ross scored 18 points for Toronto. They have lost four straight.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving sidelined, Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and George Hill had his first career triple-double in Indiana’s victory over Cleveland.

Hill had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help Indiana win for the seventh time in nine games — including twice over the Cavaliers in the past three weeks.

James sat out with soreness in his lower back, while Irving stayed home after hurting his left shoulder. J.R. Smith had 21 points and Kevin Love finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Chicago beat Minnesota for its seventh victory in its last nine games.

Mike Dunleavy made five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, and Joakim Noah finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. The Bulls trailed 85-84 before Kirk Hinrich drove inside for a layup with 4:29 remaining, and then Tony Snell made a smart pass to Dunleavy for an open 3 that made it 89-85. Butler added a clutch bank shot to help Chicago improve to 10-1 in its last 11 games against Minnesota.

Kevin Martin scored 18 points for the Timberwolves. Minnesota coach Flip Saunders rested Kevin Garnett in the first part of back-to-back games.


ATLANTA (AP) — Paul Millsap scored 14 of his 20 points in the first quarter and Atlanta recovered after losing an early 16-point lead to beat Orlando.

Led by Millsap’s 3-point shooting, the Hawks sprinted to a 19-3 lead. The Hawks hit their first eight shots before Orlando rallied to finish the half up 45-42. Atlanta regained the lead with a strong third quarter and stretched the advantage to 10 points in the final.

Nikola Vucevic had 21 points for Orlando.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alexis Ajinca made the go-ahead layup with 26 seconds left and scored a career-high 24 points to help New Orleans win its fourth straight.

Hassan Whiteside appeared to be going up for a tying dunk when he was blocked by fellow 7-footer Omer Asik, who secured the rebound, but his hasty outlet pass went off Eric Gordon’s hands and out of bounds.

That gave Miami one more shot, but Dwyane Wade’s 3-point attempt bounced out as time expired, dropping the Heat to its first loss in three games.

Gordon scored 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 19 points and 11 assists for New Orleans. Luol Deng had 22 points for the Heat, and Goran Dragic added 20.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Paul had 19 points and 13 assists, and DeAndre Jordan added 15 points and 22 rebounds to lead Los Angeles past Memphis.

Jamal Crawford also had 19 points, and J.J. Redick finished with 18. Matt Barnes added 13 for the Clippers. Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Jordan helped the Clippers to a 47-41 advantage in rebounds.


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tony Parker scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and seven rebounds, and San Antonio snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over short-handed Sacramento.

The Spurs avoided their first five-game skid since late in the 2010-11 season with an efficient and aggressive performance. They had just six turnovers and made 29 of 32 free throws, offsetting a night they shot below 40 percent from the floor.

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sat out with a sprained left ankle and bruised left hip, and point guard Darren Collison missed his eighth consecutive game as he prepares to have surgery on a core muscle injury that will sideline him at least another month. Sacramento is 2-11 without Cousins.


HOUSTON (AP) — Terrence Jones scored a season-high 26 points, James Harden made the tiebreaking free throw with 43 seconds left and followed that with a jumper in Houston’s victory over Brooklyn.

Harden, who played after spraining his right ankle on Wednesday night, shot just 4 for 15 for 15 points, but had 12 assists. The Rockets have won four straight.

Mason Plumlee and Deron Williams had 15 points apiece for the Nets.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wayne Ellington scored 11 straight points in the final 6 minutes, helping Los Angeles beat Milwaukee for its season high-tying third straight victory.

Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 16 points. Ellington finished with 14 — all in the final period — and Jordan Hill and Jeremy Lin added 14 points apiece.

Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bucks. Michael Carter-Williams scored eight points in his second game for Milwaukee as the starting point guard.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Shane Larkin’s three-point play in the final minute of the second overtime helped New York snap an eight-game losing streak.

Larkin put the Knicks ahead by four with 28 seconds remaining, and they held on to win a game that Detroit appeared to have control of after two quarters. The Pistons led by 18 in the second and by 12 at the half but blew what looked to be an easy game against the team with the NBA’s worst record.

Detroit squandered a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation, allowing the Knicks to tie it at 95 it on a pull-up 3-pointer by Langston Galloway with 6.3 seconds remaining.


DENVER (AP) — Derrick Favors had 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, Trey Burke came off the bench to score 19 points and Utah beat struggling Denver.

Gordon Hayward added 15 points for the Jazz. Utah has won five of its last seven.

Will Barton had 22 points for the Nuggets. They have lost nine straight at home and 18 of 20 overall. Denver was in the playoff conversation after a five-game winning streak in mid-January, but has fallen into 13th place in the Western Conference.

76ERS 89, WIZARDS 81

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Philadelphia.

Robert Covington added 13 points and Jason Richardson had 12 to help Philadelphia snap a five-game winning streak and win for the first time since trading Michael Carter-Williams.

John Wall scored 21 points on 7-of-26 shooting for Washington. Otto Porter added 19 and Ramon Sessions had 14. The Wizards have lost six in a row and 11 of 13.


BOSTON (AP) — Isaiah Thomas scored 28 points and Boston overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat Charlotte for its third straight victory.

Thomas scored 21 points in the second half. Fellow newcomer Jonas Jerebko had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mo Williams had 31 points for Charlotte.

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