NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis capped a 41-point performance in his return to New Orleans by intercepting Jrue Holiday’s inbound pass with 5 seconds left and making a pair of game-sealing free throws, and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to nine games with a 114-110 victory over the Pelicans on Wednesday night.
A packed-in and energetic crowd booed Davis during introductions and virtually every time he handled the ball, only to see him and new teammate LeBron James take over the fourth quarter.
James had 29 points and 11 assists, scoring 15 points in the final period, when Kyle Kuzma also added nine of his 16 points to help the Lakers erase a 10-point deficit.
BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker returned from a neck injury to score a season-high 39 points — to the delight of the crowd that came to taunt the person he replaced — and Boston beat Brooklyn on a night the fans seemed more interested in taunting former Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
Missing one game after leaving the court on a stretcher wearing a neck brace following a head-to-torso collision with Semi Ojeleye, Walker had 13 points in the third quarter, when Boston scored nine straight to turn a one-point deficit into a 91-83 lead.ic improved to 7-0 at home.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 34 points, Russell Westbrook had 27 and Houston beat Miami to end a three-game skid,
Houston led by double digits for most of this one after the Heat used a 46-point first quarter in a 129-100 rout Nov. 3 in the first meeting between the teams this season.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 16 points in his return from injury and Milwaukee won its ninth straight game.
Middleton, who had been out since Nov. 10 with a thigh contusion, didn’t start and played 20 minutes.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell tipped in Lou Williams’ miss with 2.3 seconds left and Los Angeles extended its winning streak to seven games.
Memphis had one more chance to tie or take the lead, but Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 3-point attempt from the right corner was blocked by Maurice Harkless.
TRAIL BLAZERS 136, THUNDER 119
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 27 points, Carmelo Anthony added 19 in his home debut for Portland.
Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 16 rebounds, and the Blazers led by as many as 35 points in their return home after an extended 2-4 trip.
Anthony’s dunk early in the fourth quarter gave Portland a 111-79 lead and put the crowd on its feet.
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored 31 points, OG Anunoby had 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds and Toronto beat New York for its franchise-record eighth straight home victory to begin the season.
Fred VanVleet and Terence Davis each scored 15 points to help the Raptors set an NBA record with their 33rd straight home victory over an Atlantic Division opponent.
PACERS 121, JAZZ 102
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren each scored 23 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22 to help Indiana beat Utah for its fourth straight victory.
Sabonis also had 12 rebounds.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 30 points in his first trip back to Indiana since leaving the team as a free agent last summer. Donovan Mitchell added 26 points, and Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 13 rebounds after missing the previous two games with a sprained left ankle.
PHOENIX (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 35 points, Thomas Bryant added 23 and Washington held on to beat Phoenix.
Washington bounced back from a 13-point loss at Denver a night earlier by shooting 57% from the field and making 19 of 35 3-pointers.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 27 points. Phoenix fell below .500 — at 8-9 — for the first time this season.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bismack Biyombo scored 19 points, Devonte Graham had 16 points and a career-high 15 assists and Charlotte beat Detroit for the eighth straight time.
Rookie P.J. Washington added 17 points to help the Hornets end a five-game losing streak.
Blake Griffin scored 26 points for Detroit.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, SPURS 101
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points, Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Minnesota snapped an 11-game skid in San Antonio.
The Timberwolves overcame a charge fueled in large part by second-year player Lonnie Walker IV to hand the Spurs their fifth straight home loss. San Antonio has lost two straight and 12 of 14 overall. LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 for the Spurs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Evan Fournier scored a season-high 30 points and short-handed Orlando won on the road for first time this season.
Terrence Ross and Jonathan Isaac each scored 16 points for Orlando.
Collin Sexton scored 20 points scored 20 points for Cleveland. The Cavaliers have lost eight of nine.