George leads Clippers past Cavs

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    SCRAMBLE:  Celtics guard Tremont Waters and Kings counterpart Cory Joseph fight for possession in first half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    PAUL George shot 8-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 36 points to lead the visiting Los Angeles Clippers to a 121-99 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night (Thursday in Manila).

    Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points, Lou Williams had 15 and Serge Ibaka added 14 points for Los Angeles, which finished 4-2 on its road trip. Ivica Zubac had 10 points and 16 rebounds in a reserve role for the Clippers.

    Collin Sexton scored 16 of his 27 points in the first half for Cleveland, and Darius Garland contributed 23 points. Andre Drummond had 13 points and five rebounds in 22 minutes after missing Cleveland’s 100-98 win against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday due to a sore lower back.

    Jarrett Allen, who started for Drummond on Monday and totaled 23 points and 18 rebounds, had seven points, nine rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

    In other games, it was the Knicks 107, Bulls 103; Pelicans 123, Suns 101; Thunder 104, Rockets 87; Bucks 120, Pacers 110; Sixers 118, Hornets 111; Mavericks 122, Hawks 116; Wizards 103, Heat 100; Kings 116, Celtics 111; Spurs 111, Wolves 108.

    Knicks 107, Bulls 103

    Julius Randle scored 27 points and Elfrid Payton added 20 to help visiting New York snap a two-game losing streak with a victory over Chicago.

    The Knicks avenged an eight-point loss to the Bulls on Monday, earning a split of the back-to-back series by shooting 48.3 percent, including 50 percent from 3-point range. RJ Barrett had 17 points for the Knicks while Mitchell Robinson snagged 11 rebounds.

    Poor perimeter shooting plagued the Bulls, who shot 6-for-36 (16.7 percent) from long range, including just two makes from deep in the second half. Zach LaVine had 24 points and seven assists for Chicago, which has lost four of five.

    Pelicans 123, Suns 101

    Zion Williamson scored 28 points as host New Orleans defeated Phoenix.

    Williamson made 12 of 14 field-goal attempts while contributing seven rebounds and six assists. New Orleans’ Brandon Ingram scored 23, Lonzo Ball added 18 and Steven Adams returned from a one-game absence caused by a sore calf to score 11 points and grab 13 rebounds.

    Devin Booker scored 25, Deandre Ayton added 13 points and 11 rebounds, Abdel Nadar had 11 points and Chris Paul scored 10 to lead Phoenix.