George's 45 tops Harden's 42 as Thunder eke out win

James Harden

"Actually, I'd been seeing it all game", Westbrook said, "so just waiting on the right time to use it".

George's four free throws inside the final four seconds sealed the win after Russell Westbrook slipped through the defense to convert a layup and give the Thunder the lead for good at 113-112 with 26.9 seconds left.

Harden had 42 points, his 29th consecutive game with at least 30, but he missed a contested three-pointer after Westbrook pushed the Thunder ahead.

NEW YORK (AP) - Marc Gasol had seven points and six rebounds in his Toronto debut and the Raptors sent the New York Knicks to their 16th straight loss, 104-99 Saturday night.

Paul George led the team with 27 points, four assists and four steals, Jerami Grant added 20 points on eight of 11 shooting while Russell Westbrook racked up a triple-double of 15 points with 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

After the game Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni insisted Harden's injury wasn't a major concern for him.

At 58-42, they landed what appeared to be a devastating blow.

The Thunder matched their hosts' 42-point second quarter with a 42 in the third, keyed by seven-for-12 three-point shooting.

Like it or not, popularity matters in voting for individual player awards - and Paul George seems to know it.

There was a big comeback in Boston as well as the new-look Los Angeles Clippers erased a 28-point second-quarter deficit to stun the Celtics 123-112. Less than three minutes into the final frame, the Thunder led 98-92, and the Rockets were left scrambling.

The Celtics were up by 20 at the time.

Eight Los Angeles players scored in double figures, led by 21 from Harrell. Oklahoma City outscored Houston 42-20 in the quarter to even the score at 90.

Joakim Noah had 19 points and 14 rebounds as host Memphis, playing its first home game since making two trades at Thursday's deadline, defeated New Orleans.

Danilo Gallinari's step-back jump shot put the Clippers up 102-100 and they wouldn't trail again.

There have been closer games this season and even bigger performances-mostly from Harden-but this game was about as interesting as anyone could have possibly imagined.

Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis made a triumphant return to Chicago, helping Washington win its second straight game.

Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 31 points as the Wizards won for the second time since acquiring Parker and Portis and a draft pick from the Bulls in exchange for Otto Porter Jr.

OKC started the game slow, commiting 11 turnovers in the first half, which led to 17 Rockets points as Houston took a comfortable 22-point half-time lead.

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