Clippers, Cavs continue fine starts

By Dejan Kalinic 12 November 2016 52
Clippers, Cavs continue fine starts

The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers continued their strong starts to the NBA season with wins on Friday.

The Clippers improved to 8-1 with a surprise 110-108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers once more, as they eased past the Washington Wizards 105-94 to make it seven wins from eight.

Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs also had a win and the Philadelphia 76ers finally ended their wait.



Blake Griffin's 25 points and a double-double from Chris Paul (17 points and 10 assists) led the Clippers.

Russell Westbrook had a huge game with 29 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists, but the Thunder suffered a second-straight loss.

They outscored the Clippers 34-28 in the fourth quarter but were unable to claim a win.



James recorded another double-double as his 27 points and 10 rebounds helped the Cavs.

He became the youngest player to reach 27,000 points.

Kyrie Irving had 29 points and Kevin Love 14 – with 16 rebounds – in the win over the Wizards.

John Wall had a team-high 28 points for the Wizards.



The Spurs claimed a 96-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on the back of 21 points from Pau Gasol.

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds, but the Pistons slipped to 0-5 on the road.



The 76ers ended a seven-game losing streak to start the season with a 109-105 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers.

Joel Embiid led the way with 25 points.




DeMar DeRozan had 34 points as the Toronto Raptors edged the Charlotte Hornets 113-111, the Utah Jazz beat the Orlando Magic 87-74, the Boston Celtics thrashed the New York Knicks 115-87 and the Portland Trail Blazers needed overtime to get past the Sacramento Kings 122-120.



The 6-3 Spurs take on the Rockets (5-3) at the Toyota Center in Houston on Saturday.

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