Oklahoma City Thunder picked their first win of the season on Sunday, while LA Clippers and Utah Jazz also had wins on the night.
Sunday night’s results
- Brooklyn 114 – 120 Golden State
- Dallas 104 – 113 Utah
- Oklahoma City 117 – 110 Phoenix
- LA Clippers 136 – 104 Washington
Phoenix Suns 110 – 117 Oklahoma City Thunders
Nerlens Noel scored 20 points and added 15 rebounds in his return after nearly a year to help Thunders pick up their first season’s win on Sunday night.
His addition to the starting line-up was a late call – brought in as a substitution for Steven Adams who was unfit shortly before the game after he experienced left calf tightness in warm-ups –
Noel celebrated with his first 20-point game since February 19, 2016.
He was started a game on November 3, 2017 for the Dallas Mavericks and his contributed was required.
Thunder City win on the night was attributed to Noel’s contribution as they had lost their opening four games.
Thunder’s forward Paul George, who had 23 points, drained a shot slightly beyond half court at the third-quarter buzzer to put Oklahoma City in front 96-76.
Phoenix were without leading scorer Devin Booker for the second straight game, outscored the Thunder 34-21 in the fourth quarter,
but regardless of the memories of blowing a 16-point half time lead against Boston on Thursday, Oklahoma City had enough in the tank to push through.
Rookie Elie Okobo scored 18 points in the game while Russell Westbrook had 23 points to his credit.
No 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton added 16 and 11 rebounds for Phoenix.
Utah Jazz gets a win over Dallas Mavericks
Rudy Gobert out-dueled DeAndre Jordan in a classic battle of big men, contributing a team-high 23 points to the visiting Jazz’s victory over the Mavericks.
Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points and the Jazz shot 52.5 percent from the field en route to their third straight win.
Gobert had his sixth-straight double-double with a season-high 16 rebounds in addition to his 23 points,
which were just two fewer than the season-best output he had in Utah’s win at New Orleans on Saturday night.
Dennis Smith Jnr. topped Dallas with 27 points, but sadly this was Mavericks’ fourth straight loss to Utah Jazz.
Jordan almost offset Gobert with his sixth straight double-double and like his opponent pulled down a season-best in rebounds with 19.
He also had 12 points and nine assists, barely missing his first career triple-double.
After a competitive opening three quarters, the Jazz finally took command with a 9-0 burst early in
the fourth that turned a three-point game into a 91-79 advantage and they saw the game out from there.