George, Clippers rip Hawks

    LOS ANGELES. — Paul George scored 37 points in only 20 minutes, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 150-101 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night despite playing without Kawhi Leonard.

    George, who scored 25 points in the first half, converted 10 of 17 shots from the floor overall, including 6 of 11 3-pointers. He made all 11 of his free throws. George, who scored 33 points in his season debut Thursday in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, is 21 of 21 from the line in two games.

    Lou Williams, who made 15 of 15 free throws, had 25 points off the bench for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Jerome Robinson contributed 21 points, and Montrezl Harrell had 17, helping the Clippers’ bench outscore the Hawks’ reserves 81-35.

    In other games, it was Brooklyn 117, Chicago 111; Milwaukee 102, Indiana 83; Charlotte 103, New York 102; Miami 109, New Orleans 94; Houston 125, Minnesota 105; Dallas 110, Toronto 102; and Portland 121, San Antonio 116.

    Trae Young led the Hawks with 20 points to go along with six assists. Young, though, hit just 4 of 16 shots from the floor. De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish each had 12 points, and Jabari Parker, Damian Jones and Evan Turner chipped in 11 apiece for Atlanta.
    In Minnesota, James Harden recorded his fifth 40-plus point scoring effort during Houston’s seven-game winning streak, posting 49 in a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.

    Hamstrung by a roster depleted by injuries, Harden took a career-high 41 shots. He finished 8 of 22 on 3-pointers and added five rebounds and six assists over 39 minutes.

    The Timberwolves led by as many as 11 points in the first half but struggled to contain Harden. They also missed the production of their second-leading scorer, forward Andrew Wiggins, who missed his second consecutive game (personal reasons). Karl-Anthony Towns paired 27 points with 15 rebounds to pace the Timberwolves.

    In San Antonio, CJ McCollum scored 32 points, and Hassan Whiteside added 21 points and 12 rebounds as visiting Portland built a huge early lead, gave it all back and more, but then rallied for a win over the host Spurs.

    The Spurs trailed by as many as 20 in the first quarter and 23 in the second, but rallied to take the lead in the third and lead by as many as 15 three minutes into the fourth quarter.

    Portland came back to tie the game at 111 after a putback layup by McCollum with 2:26 to play. – Reuters