Montrezl Harrell scored 34 points, Paul George and Lou Williams added 32 apiece and the Clippers bounced back from an ugly loss to beat New York 135-132.
In Los Angeles, a day after a 26-point loss to Memphis in another matinee, the Clippers had at least three players score at least 30 points for the first time in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time two players have scored 30 points off the bench in a regulation NBA game since 1970-71.
“Montrezl and Lou were fantastic. History is good. Someone has to make it,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
Marcus Morris led New York with 38 points. Rookie RJ Barrett added 24.
George, who missed Saturday’s game with left hamstring tightness, said it was important to not come out flat two afternoons in a row.
“We saw Lou and Montrezl lead the way. Watching that from the bench, it got us motivated. We knew the job we had to do,” said George, who posted his seventh 30-point game this season. He was 9-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-6 on 3-point tries, in 32 minutes.
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Lakers 106, Pistons 99: Anthony Davis had eight blocks to go with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers won at home. LeBron James contributed 21 points. Derrick Rose led Detroit with 28 points.
T’wolves 118, Cavaliers 103: Minnesota built a big lead, wasted it and then had to build another one in Cleveland.
“Sometimes,” Minnesota head coach Ryan Saunders said, “you have to win a game twice.”
Gorgui Dieng scored 22 points, Shabazz Napier had 21 and the Wolves blew a 25-point lead before regrouping. The Cavaliers might have lost rookie Kevin Porter Jr. for an extended period with a knee injury.
The Cavs, who rested Kevin Love one night after he displayed frustration toward teammates in a loss, trailed 90-65 with four minutes to go in the third quarter and seemed done. But Dante Exum got hot, and his 3-pointer with 8:29 left capped a 32-6 blitz to give Cleveland a 97-96 lead.
However, the Timberwolves recovered and scored 14 straight with Dieng dropping two 3-pointers during the five-minute stretch.
“We just ran out of gas,” Cleveland head coach John Beilein said.
Grizzlies 121, Suns 114: Bad decisions led to anxious moments for Memphis in the final minutes in Phoenix. A month or two ago, it all might have ended in a heartbreaking loss.
But Memphis is a team that’s growing up quickly. It was the second road win in two days for the Grizzlies and more proof that they might be building something interesting in the Western Conference.
“We’re a young team. We’re building this team for the next five or 10 years with these guys, you know?” guard Dillon Brooks said. “It’s good that we’re getting these games, because we’re going to be in these games a lot.
“At the beginning of the year, we’d get in this predicament and lose. We’re showing growth now.”
Jonas Valanciunas scored 30 points and Brooks added 19, leading the Grizzlies to their fifth win in eight games.
Heat 122, Trail Blazers 111: Goran Dragic had 29 points and 13 assists, Bam Adebayo added 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting and host Miami did not trail.
Dragic tied a career best with seven 3-pointers. Derrick Jones Jr. scored 19 points for the Heat, who got 14 from rookie Kendrick Nunn and 12 points in 22 minutes from little-used James Johnson — who was called upon largely because Miami was without Jimmy Butler.
Damian Lillard led Portland with 34 points and 12 assists. Former Heat center Hassan Whiteside, booed almost every time he touched the ball, finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for Portland.
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