OKLAHOMA CITY, Sporting Alert – The latest and updated NBA scores and results from the scheduled games that were played on Sunday, October 30.
Despite coach Greg Popovich sticking with his theory of resting older and key players during the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs, as they always do, found a way to win.
On Sunday, without LaMarcus Aldridge, who was given the night off to rest and Danny Green, who continues to recover from a left quad strain – Kawhi Leonard took over late in the fourth quarter to guide the Spurs to a 106-99 victory over the Miami Heat.
Leonard, who suffered a cut under his right eye during the game, ignored that to score 14 of his 27 points in the final six minutes of the contest and dished out six assists.
Pau Gasol added 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks for San Antonio (4-0) to hold off Miami and stayed unbeaten this season.
Patty Mills ended with 18 points off the bench and David Lee pulled down 11 rebounds for San Antonio, which is the team with the most wins so far in the early stage of the NBA season.
Hassan Whiteside tied a career-high with 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and four blocks for Miami (1-2), which was suffering back-to-back defeats at home.
Goran Dragic scored 25 points and had five assists, Justise Winslow finished with 18 points and Tyler Johnson ended with 12 points for the Heat, who trailed by as many as 16 points.
In Oklahoma City, athletic and energetic point guard Russell Westbrook collected his second triple-double to lead the OKC Thunder to a 112-96 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Westbrook, who is coming off a 51-point triple-double performance in the win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday, tallied 33 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds against the LA Lakers.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Westbrook, who has registered 116 points, 37 rebounds and 35 assists in the first three games of the season, has become the first player to reach 100 points, 30 rebounds and 30 assists in three games to start a year.
Reports from the OKC Thunder also revealed that he joined Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas as the only players with two triple-doubles in the opening three contests of a term in NBA history.
Victor Oladipo added 20 points, Enes Kanter finished with 16 points and six rebounds and Steven Adams contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Thunder (3-0).
D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle scored 20 points apiece for the Los Angeles Lakers (1-2), while Randle also had nine boards in the defeat.
In Phoenix, Kevin Durant scored 37 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the determined Suns 106-100.
Durant shot 10-of-16 and played 38 minutes, while Stephen Curry added 28 points and made five of his eight 3-point attempts for the Warriors (2-1), who have won back-to-back games on the road since losing to the Spurs on opening night.
T.J. Warren scored 26 points, Eric Bledsoe finished 21 and Tyson Chandler grabbed 18 rebounds for Phoenix, which remained without a win this season.
The home side led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but was unable to make it count and dropped its third in a row this year.
Latest NBA Scores
Sunday, October 30
SPURS 106, HEAT 99
THUNDER 112, LAKERS 96
WARRIORS 106, SUNS 100
ROCKETS 93, MAVERICKS 92
CLIPPERS 88, JAZZ 75
GRIZZLIES 112, WIZARDS 103, OT
PISTONS 98, BUCKS 83