Paul George & James Harden Both Go For 40+ POINTS In Houston

Iman Shumpert expected to make Rockets debut Saturday vs. Thunder

"We just never got into any flow, but then I thought once we got some stops, we got out in transition", Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

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

The Rockets had appeared headed for a romp when they took a 70-48 lead into halftime.

CHICAGO - Bradley Beal scored 31 points to help Washington beat Chicago in the first meeting between the teams since they swapped three forwards in a multiplayer trade.

"They're a good team and they played well", Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. By the end of Saturday's game, Burton had been a key contributor to the biggest comeback in Thunder regular-season history, a 26-point rally in which Burton had three key rebounds and some tough defensive assignments in 10 minutes.

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. The Celtics followed their highest-scoring half of the season with their lowest-scoring quarter and lost at home to a team from Los Angeles for the second straight time.

"It's not even surprising no more", Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson told ESPN of Westbrook's feat.

Irving didn't return, and the Clippers, playing with four new players acquired at the trade deadline, overcame a 20-point deficit for a victory for the third time in their last five games.

Rookie Landry Shamet, newly arrived from Philadelphia, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half.

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

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

"Because we didn't have anything".

In a nationally-televised game between two marquee teams that featured the past two MVP winners, it was George who emerged as the clear best player on the court.

"Offensively and defensively we couldn't get anything right", Harden added.

Parker had 20 points, and Portis had a game-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's win, during which the Wizards built a 15-point lead in the first half and kept the Bulls at arm's length the rest of the way.

The Wizards got Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a protected 2023 second-round pick from the Bulls on Wednesday for Otto Porter Jr.

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