DALLAS (Sporting Alert) — The Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers were among the winners in the NBA on Saturday night.
NBA scores, results, records and NBA standings from the list of games that took place on Jan. 18.
After winning in San Antonio on Friday night, LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers (31-9) took down another Texas team in successive outings, after Portland beat the Dallas Mavericks 127-111 at the American Airlines Center.
“I was really proud of the way our team played tonight, especially on the heels of an emotional win in San Antonio last night,” a delighted Portland coach Terry Stotts revealed.
“Our resolve, defensively, I thought was very good and got us into a position to have a large lead.”
Aldridge led the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds and he got support from Nicolas Batum, who finished with 21 points, Robin Lopez, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Damian Lillard, 14 points and 10 assists, as the Trail Blazers won their fifth consecutive game.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and Monta Ellis finished with 15 for the Dallas Mavericks (24-18), who next play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
The Indiana Pacers (32-7), the team that leads the NBA standings on overall record, got past the Los Angeles Clippers (28-14) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 106-92.
“[I am] proud of our guys for battling through some adversity … We had to play a game we weren’t used to playing tonight because of the circumstances and the guys on the court flat-out battled,” said Indiana coach Frank Vogel.
Paul George paced Indiana with 36 points, while Lance Stephenson added 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the victory. Danny Granger had 12 points in 27 minutes off the bench again in the win.
For the Clippers, who continue to be without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford finished with 22 points, Blake Griffin had 19 points and eight rebounds and DeAndre Jordan collected 17 rebounds and 12 points in the defeat.
“We didn’t play well at all,” a disappointed Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Give them credit. I thought their defense really rushed us.
“We talked about how they tried to channel you into their bigs and we kept falling for it over and over again. We just didn’t execute offensively.”
In other NBA scores, two-time defending champions Miami Heat (29-11), behind LeBron James’ 34 points, beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-96 in overtime to continue their recovery from a recent three game losing streak.
The Chicago Bulls (19-20) handed the Philadelphia 76ers (13-27) a 103-78 defeat, with Joakim Noah collecting 21 points and 16 rebounds and Carlos Boozer adding 15 points and 13 boards in the win.
Scores, records and NBA standings
Indiana Pacers 106 (32-7), Los Angeles Clippers 92 (28-14)
Portland Trail Blazers 127 (31-9), Dallas Mavericks 111 (24-18)
Miami Heat 104 (29-11), Charlotte Bobcats 96 (17-25) Overtime
Houston Rockets 114 (27-15), Milwaukee Bucks 104 (7-32)
Golden State Warriors 97 (26-16), New Orleans Pelicans 87 (15-24)
Minnesota Timberwolves 98 (19-21), Utah Jazz 72 (14-28)
Chicago Bulls 103 (19-20) – Philadelphia 76ers 78 (13-27)
Detroit Pistons 104 (17-23), Washington Wizards 98 (19-20)