Trail Blazers Edge Thunder, Rozier Steps Up for Celtics



The Portland Trail Blazers travelled to Oklahoma City and edged the Thunder 108-105 thanks to C.J. McCollum's game-high 34 points in the NBA on Sunday.

McCollum, who shot 14 of 24 from the floor, also grabbed four rebounds with four assists.

Damian Lillard helped the Blazers with 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. He also set a franchise record by hitting 58 straight free-throws. Jusuf Nurkic added 17 points and 12 rebounds.

The tension between the two sides spilled over in the third quarter with Terrance Ferguson shoving Ed Davis after an overly aggressive challenge - an incident that saw Russell Westbrook and Evan Turner also get involved.


Westbrook led the Thunder, flirting with a triple-double, he scored 23 points with nine assists and eight rebounds. Steven Adams added 18 points and 10 rebounds, but Carmelo Anthony scored just six points on three-of-13 shooting, registered a minus-15 and missed a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. 


The win helped Portland remain third in the Western Conference standings. The Thunder are fourth, which would mean a potential second-round playoff matchup against either the Rockets or Warriors.



Celtics point guard Terry Rozier scored a career-high 33 points with eight triples to lead Boston to a 104-93 win over the Kings. Rozier, starting in place of the injured Kyrie Irving, also grabbed five rebounds and had five steals. He has now scored double-figure points in 22 straight games.


LeBron James scored 37 points with 10 rebounds and eight assists in a 121-114 win over the Nets. James shot 14 of 19 from the field and now has a double-double in two of his last three games, after previously recording two straight triple-doubles.



LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 34 points and seven rebounds, but the rest of San Antonio's starting unit mustered just 33 points en route to a 106-103 loss to the Bucks. Pau Gasol scored 22 points off the bench, but San Antonio really lack firepower right now.



Donovan Mitchell is striving for rookie history.

Mitchell scored 21 points to lead the Jazz to a 110-91 win over the Warriors.

He passed Stephen Curry (166) for the second most three-pointers by a rookie in NBA history, behind only Lillard (185 in 2012-13).



Cleveland Cavaliers 121-114 Brooklyn Nets
Milwaukee Bucks 106-103 San Antonio Spurs
Indiana Pacers 113-107 Miami Heat
Boston Celtics 104-93 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 117-106 Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks 101-97 Washington Wizards
Portland Trail Blazers 108-105 Oklahoma City Thunder
Houston Rockets 118-99 Atlanta Hawks
Utah Jazz 110-91 Golden State Warriors



The Nuggets, led by underrated forward Nikola Jokic, have won two straight games to remain in playoff contention in the crowded Western Conference. The 76ers have won six straight games to climb into fourth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia center Joel Embiid (23.3 points, 11 rebounds per game) is averaging a double-double this season.