Paul George dropped a career-high 43 points on the Trail Blazers, but not even that was enough to overcome a hot Portland team in the Moda Center. The Blazers handed Indiana just its second loss of the season, 106-102, and maintained their spot atop the Western Conference. And they got some pretty solid performances themselves.
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George put on an exhibition in the fourth quarter with 17 points in the period, but a late steal and ensuing three that would've cut Portland's lead to one point caromed off the rim and into the hands of Lillard. The Blazers would hit enough free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Indiana didn't provide a ton of support for George, as the next leading scorer was Roy Hibbert with 16 points.
Tim Duncan has taken some criticism for his early season performance, but he may have put all that talk to rest against the Hawks. The Big Fundamental hit a game-winner with .4 seconds left on the clock to beat Atlanta 102-100 and cap off a 23-point, 21-rebound performance.
San Antonio barely survived a couple of late threes from Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague in Mike Budenholzer's return to the place where he spent two decades, but the Spurs overcame an overall lethargic effort to sneak out with the win.
Boris Diaw had 16 points, Tony Parker had 15 and Marco Belinelli continued his hot shooting with a 13-point night. Atlanta got 19 points from Jeff Teague, 18 from Al Horford and 17 from DeMarre Carroll in the two-point loss.
The Spurs managed to hold the Hawks to 43.8 percent shooting, but sloppy play, turnovers and a scrappy Atlanta team kept the game close. San Antonio stayed alive by shooting 53.8 percent.
If 48 minutes of basketball just wasn't enough for you, the Pelicans and Bulls offered plenty of free hoops on Monday night. New Orleans topped Chicago, 131-128, in triple overtime in a game that was devoid of the two teams' No. 1 overall picks, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose.
And how's this for court time?: Three Bulls topped 50 minutes of action — including Luol Deng at more than 55 minutes — and Ryan Anderson went for 36 points in more than 56 minutes in a crazy game in Chicago.
The unexpected seems to happen on a daily basis in the NBA. Just two nights after defeating the Spurs in San Antonio, Houston went to Utah and fell to the worst team in the league, 109-103, on Monday.
The Rockets allowed the Jazz to shoot better than 54 percent from the floor and hit 10 of their 17 three-point attempts, and Utah managed to snag their fourth win of the year.
They've been without Bradley Beal for five straight games now, but the Wizards suddenly find themselves on a serious roll. Washington easily took care of Orlando on Monday, 98-80, and have now won seven of their last nine games.
John Wall continues to showcase himself as one of the best young point guards in the NBA.
Wall had 16 points and 13 assists for the now 9-9 Wizards, who have taken over third place in the Eastern Conference for the time being. Washington also got 24 points from Trevor Ariza on just nine shots.
Arron Afflalo continued his scorching-hot season with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting, but the Magic shot just 39 percent as a team in the loss.