- San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers Pick Up Wins
- Paul George Scores career-high 43 points For Indiana Pacers
- Utah Jazz Stunned Houston Rockets
Portland, OR (Sporting Alert) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points and 10 rebounds and Damian Lillard added 26 points and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-102 in the battle of the in form teams in the NBA on Monday night.
Paul George finished with a career-high 43 points to lead the Pacers, which had its seven game winning streak snapped.
“I really wanted to get this win,” said George, who knocked down 7 of 15 three-pointers Monday on his way to becoming only the fourth Indiana Pacers player to score 43 or more points in a game since 2000. “I was trying to will us into the game.”
Wesley Matthews scored 15 points and Mo Williams added 13 in the win for the Trail Blazers (15-3), who played down the importance of the win.
“We played the most complete game from beginning to end: execution, effort, mental focus,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said to the Associated Press. “All of those things,” he said.
“But I don’t believe you play statement games in December.”
Meanwhile, Roy Hibbert finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds and David West had 12 points, eight boards and five assists in the defeat for the Indiana Pacers (16-2).
“They’re a great offensive team and they made big shots all game long,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said after Portland’s win.
“Hopefully that’s what it’s going to take to beat this team — making impossible shot after impossible shot.”
The Indiana Pacers hit 9 of 22 from three-pointers, with George getting seven of them.
Also on Monday night, San Antonio Spurs (15-3), on a Tim Duncan jumper with less than a second left in the game, defeated the Atlanta Hawks (9-10), 102-100.
With the game tied and 0.4 seconds left, Duncan, who finished the game with 23 points and 21 rebounds, made sure the San Antonio Spurs would continue to stay away from overtimes this season by sinking the winning bucket as the clock expired.
“(Duncan) did a great job,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We were having a tough night in a lot of ways, and he was superb.”
Utah Jazz (4-15) scored only their fourth victory on the season, following a 109-103 result over the Houston Rockets (13-6), despite James Harden’s game high 37 points.
NBA Results and Records – on Dec 2
San Antonio Spurs 102 (15-3) beat. Atlanta Hawks 100 (9-10)
Washington Wizards 98 (9-9) beat. Orlando Magic 80 (6-11)
New Orleans Pelicans 131 (9-8) beat. Chicago Bulls 128 (7-9) 3OT
Utah Jazz 109 (4-15) beat. Houston Rockets 103 (13-6)
Portland Trail Blazers 106 (15-3) beat. Indiana Pacers 102 (16-2)