The Journal Gazette
Sunday, August 02, 2020 1:00 am


Thunder cruises past Jazz to begin restart

Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points, Chris Paul added 18 and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled past the Utah Jazz 110-94 on Saturday in their first game of the restart.

Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Danilo Gallinari added 15 points and the Thunder shot 53% from the field.

Oklahoma City moved within a half-game of the Jazz for fourth place in the Western Conference standings and within 11/2 games of Denver for third.

Donovan Mitchell scored 13 points for the Jazz but shot just 5 for 15. Utah shot 39% from the field and was just 8 of 31 on 3-pointers.

Oklahoma City shot 65 percent in the first half and rolled to a 66-42 lead at the break.

HEAT 125, NUGGETS 105: Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to help Miami beat Denver in the first restart game for both teams.

Kelly Olynyk scored all of his 20 points in the fourth quarter for Miami, The Heat shot 56% from the field.

Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver. The Nuggets played without guards Jamal Murray (hamstring), Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip).

CLIPPERS 126, PELICANS 103: Paul George made three straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes and scored 28 points for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles broke a franchise record by making 25 of 47 3-pointers, with George making 8 of 11. The Clippers also tied a team record for 3-pointers in a half and fell one short of the NBA record by hitting 16 of 24 in racing to a 77-45 lead.

Los Angeles made its first six 3-pointers to take a 20-6 lead.

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points for the Clippers. The Pelicans had a minor scare midway through the first half when rookie Zion Williamson stepped on Reggie Jackson's foot and appeared to slightly roll his right ankle while driving to the basket, ending up on his backside under the basket. He got up with a slight limp and was subbed out, then returned for the start of the second half.

Williamson finished with seven points and four rebounds in 14 minutes.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 15 points for New Orleans.

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