Pistons silence Lakers late, pull off upset
Blake Griffin scored 23 points and the host Detroit Pistons held the Los Angeles Lakers scoreless for nearly seven minutes in the fourth quarter while pulling away to a 107-92 victory on Thursday.
For the Lakers, who played without Anthony Davis (quad), it marked their season low in scoring and their first time losing consecutive games this season. The Lakers lost their second straight road game after going 10-0 to start the season.
Wayne Ellington had 20 points, including six 3-pointers, and Mason Plumlee supplied 17 points and 10 rebounds. Jerami Grant and Derrick Rose added 14 points apiece for Detroit.
LeBron James had 22 points but only two after halftime for the Lakers. He also contributed 10 assists and seven rebounds. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Talen Horton-Tucker added 13 points off the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers 109 – Miami Heat 105
The Clippers also got 17 points from Lou Williams and 16 points each from Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson. Morris scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter. Terance Mann had 12 points for Los Angeles, and Serge Ibaka added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Tyler Herro, in his first game off the injured list, led Miami with 19 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists. Gabe Vincent chipped in 18 points for the Heat, who also got 16 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from Bam Adebayo. Miami lost its fifth straight game, the longest active skid in the NBA.
Houston Rockets 104 – Portland Trail Blazers 101
Victor Oladipo scored 25 points, Christian Wood added a double-double and host Houston erased an early 20-point deficit in defeating Portland.
Oladipo scored a driving layup with 26.2 seconds left to secure a three-point lead for Houston, which sealed its fourth consecutive victory with free throws from Wood and Eric Gordon down the stretch. Wood returned from a three-game injury hiatus and paired 22 points with 12 rebounds.
Portland hit 17 of 41 3-point attempts but failed to force overtime when Anfernee Simons missed a contested trey at the buzzer. Simons hit 4 of 9 from long range and scored 14 off the bench, complementing the sharpshooting of Damian Lillard (five 3-pointers, 30 points) and Gary Trent Jr. (seven 3-pointers, 21 points).
Phoenix Suns 114 – Golden State Warriors 93
Mikal Bridges led seven Phoenix players in double figures with 20 points as the Suns snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over visiting Golden State.
On a night when both teams were playing for the second time in two days, the Suns demonstrated better depth, including a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double off the bench by Frank Kaminsky.
The Warriors’ Stephen Curry led all scorers with 27 points, but Golden State got just two other players into double figures while seeing its two-game winning streak end.