NEW YORK (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Wesley Matthews added 24 and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Brooklyn Nets 108-98 Monday night for their seventh straight victory.
Damian Lillard finished with 19 points and nine assists as the Trail Blazers withstood the Nets’ blistering start to win seven in a row in the same season for the first time since a 13-game run in December 2007.
CHICAGO (AP) — Luol Deng scored 21 points and the Bulls overcame a rough shooting night to record their fifth straight win.
Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which is on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from Feb. 20-March 7, 2012. Jimmy Butler had 14 points and Derrick Rose finished with 12.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds and Oklahoma City rallied for the win.
Westbrook also had seven assists in a terrific all-around game that helped Oklahoma City erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Reggie Jackson added 14 points.
DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 24 points, including 13 in the third quarter when Dallas took its first lead.
Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion had 20 points apiece for the Mavericks, who began a stretch of seven of nine games in Dallas. Nowitzki had 10 rebounds, and Marion chipped in seven.
Ellis had 19 points in the second half and added a game-high 10 assists and two of Dallas’ 11 blocked shots.
Two nights after a 35-point loss in New Orleans, the Sixers held the Mavericks scoreless for the first 5 minutes and led by 10 in the first half.
Even after losing its lead for good late in the third quarter, Philadelphia stayed close behind Evan Turner, Tony Wroten and some late 3-pointers from James Anderson.
Turner had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Wroten had 19 points and five steals.
WARRIORS 98, JAZZ 87
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 22 points for Golden State, and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had 17 apiece in the Warriors’ victory.
Curry had eight assists and made four 3-pointers before leaving in the fourth quarter after Utah’s Marvin Williams landed on his head in a scramble for a loose ball. After a couple of minutes to gain his bearings, Curry got up and left the court under his own power with a towel draped over his head.
Curry is expected to be ready for Wednesday’s home game against Memphis.
The Warriors made 12 of 22 attempts from 3-point range and led by as many as 28 points.
Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and Williams had 16 but the Jazz (1-11) dropped their third straight after earning their lone win of the season.