Spurs Defeat Thunder
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points and the San Antonio Spurs rolled to a 121-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
Point guard Dejounte Murray had a career-high 10 assists along with 17 points and eight rebounds.
The 22-year-old played 26 minutes as San Antonio continues to restrict his minutes after he missed last season following right knee surgery.
DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and nine assists for the Spurs, who had a season-high 32 assists and snapped a two-game skid.
Heat 124, Suns 108
PHOENIX (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 34 points, Goran Dragic added 25 and the Miami Heat rolled past the Phoenix Suns 124-108 on Thursday night.
Miami bounced back from a 20-point loss to Denver on Tuesday and has won four of its past five games. The Heat improved to 6-2 for the first time since 2012 when they had LeBron James and eventually won the NBA title.
Butler had 18 points by the end of the first quarter and 30 at halftime as the Heat built a 64-57 lead. Miami shot 53.5 percent in the first half, hitting 7 of 14 from 3-point range.
Celtics 108, Hornets 87
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jayson Tatum scored 23 points, and Kemba Walker got a win in an emotional return to Charlotte as the Boston Celtics defeated the Hornets.
Walker had an off night shooting the ball and finished with 14 points and six assists, but the Celtics won their sixth straight game handily. Walker missed his first six shots and didn’t make a field goal until three minutes into the third quarter.
Gordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who scored 17 points off 21 Charlotte turnovers.