Rookie Zion Williamson scored a career-high 31 points, and Josh Hart scored 12 of his 17 points in a crucial third quarter as the host New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 138-117 on Tuesday night.
Williamson, coming back from a one-game absence attributable to a sprained ankle, added nine rebounds and five assists. Hart began in place of All-Star forward Brandon Ingram, who dropped his second consecutive game due to a sprained ankle.
The Pelicans pursued by as many as 16 points in the H1, pulled inside two at halftime, and ousted the Blazers 41-21 in the third quarter.
Ben Simmons scored 26 points, 12 rebounds, and ten passes to lead host Philadelphia past Los Angeles.
Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, reprimanded by some fans for tweets, scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Josh Richardson had 21 points, and Tobias Harris contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Sixers.
Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points and handed out nine assists for the Clippers, who dropped to 1-2 on their four-game road journey.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook mixed for 78 points, and host Houston caught Boston’s seven-game win streak.
Harden scored 42 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 passes while Westbrook s contributed 36 points, ten rebounds, and five passes. Harden made 31 points in H2, including 19 in series for Houston in the third quarter en route to his 19th 40-point game on the season.