Paul George leads Thunder over Lakers as L.A. fans boo

Paul George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn’t choose their team in free agency, leading the Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook had 14 points (despite 3-for-20 shooting), 16 rebounds and 10 assists, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder’s only visit to the Lakers this season.

George scored nine points in the fourth quarter while the Thunder rallied from a five-point deficit and easily held off Los Angeles for their seventh win in 10 games.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 of his 25 points in the first half for the Lakers, who dropped to 1-3 during LeBron James’ absence with a groin injury. Los Angeles has lost six of nine overall after its offense managed just six field goals in the fourth quarter, along with the Lakers’ usual awful free-throw shooting.

76ers 132, Suns 127: Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and Philadelphia won in the desert.

Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, who were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, each because of an upper respiratory infection. Devin Booker scored 37 for Phoenix.

Celtics 115, T’wolves 102: Gordon Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points, and Boston won at home.

Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter while making his third start of the season because Kyrie Irving scratched both of his eyes in Monday’s game against San Antonio. Hayward took control from there, with 13 in the second quarter and 15 in the third to finish with his highest-scoring game with the Celtics.

Pistons 101, Grizzlies 94: Blake Griffin had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Detroit won on the road to snap a three-game skid.

Nets 126, Pelicans 121: D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and Brooklyn built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to withstand Anthony Davis’ spectacular return to the New Orleans lineup. Davis had 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren’t enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years.

Mavericks 122, Hornets 84: Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting spree and Dallas won on the road. Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17.

Heat 117, Cavaliers 92: Josh Richardson scored 24 points and Miami — playing with Dwyane Wade sidelined by an illness — rolled in Cleveland. Miami hit 16 of 31 three-point tries.

Wizards 114, Hawks 98: Bradley Beal had 24 points, Jeff Green added 22 and Thomas Bryant had 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Washington’s victory at home.

Magic 112, Bulls 84: Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, Aaron Gordon added 18 points and a career-high nine assists and Orlando cruised in Chicago.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Thunder-s-George-soars-L-A-fans-boo-13505076.php.

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