NBA wrap: Paul George ignores boos, scores 37 to lead Thunder past Lakers

Paul George ignored a downpour of boos in the Staples Center Wednesday night, scoring 37 points for the Thunder in a 107-100 victory over the Lakers.

George, who spurned the Lakers in free agency, had plenty of highlights to quiet the crowd.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook had a triple-double (14 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists), but had a terrible shooting night, hitting just three of 20 attempts.

Lakers star LeBron James missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury. He’s considered day-to-day, but the Lakers need him back. They’re 1-3 in his absence.

Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ second-leading scorer this season, left Wednesday night’s game with a lower-back contusion. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ended up leading the way for Los Angeles, scoring 25 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

Studs of the Night

Joel Embiid had 42 points and 18 rebounds in Philadelphia’s 132-127 win against Phoenix.

Gordon Hayward scored 35 points on 14-of-18 shooting in a 115-102 Celtics win against the Timberwolves.

Anthony Davis had 34 points and a franchise-record 26 rebounds as New Orleans fell to Brooklyn 126-121.

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 26 points on 8-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds in the Grizzlies’ 101-94 loss to the Pistons.

Duds of the Night

Justin Holiday scored three points and only made one of his seven shots from the field as the Bulls lost to the Magic 112-84.

Devonte’ Graham scored 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting in the Hornets’ 122-84 loss to the Mavericks. 


Although Minnesota fell short to the Celtics, Karl-Anthony Towns was happy to punch this dunk home on Semi Ojeleye.

Joel Embiid slashed through the defense with a euro-step to finish at the rim in the 76ers’ 132-127 win against the Suns.

What’s Next?

Rockets (21-15) at Warriors (25-13) 10:30 p.m. ET — Stephen Curry was out of commission in this season’s first matchup with Houston, so the team should be much more crisp Thursday night. The Rockets are on a tremendous run and James Harden is catching fire every night. Although Chris Paul is out, the Rockets may be able to will themselves to another victory against the reigning champs.