NBA roundup: Paul lifts Thunder past Mavs down stretchNBA: Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City Thunder
With less than three minutes remaining, the Thunder trailed by seven. But then Oklahoma City reeled off a 14-2 run -- fueled in large part by Paul -- to end the game. The win was the third in a row and seventh in the last eight games for the Thunder.
Two players who were questionable going into the day due to ankle injuries, Danilo Gallinari and Dennis Schroder, led the Thunder with 20 points each.
Dallas' Luka Doncic scored 35 points to lead all scorers but struggled from behind the arc, going just 3 of 16 on 3-point attempts.
Boston Celtics 109 - Charlotte Hornets 92
Coming in off a lopsided loss to reigning NBA champion Toronto, Boston ratcheted up its defensive intensity early. The Celtics limited the Hornets to just 18 first-quarter points and 43 for the first half.
Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, and Enes Kanter registered 13 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and six blocked shots. P.J. Washington led the Hornets with 15 points while Miles Bridges posted 14 points and 10 rebounds.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 63 points, and host Houston avenged a loss earlier this season to Denver.
Harden paired 35 points with six assists while Westbrook added 28 points and seven assists to carry Houston to its seventh consecutive home win over the Nuggets, who had won nine of their past 10 games overall. Denver defeated the visiting Rockets 105-95 on Nov. 20 by trapping Harden repeatedly.
Nikola Jokic led Denver with 21 points, including 13 to pace the Nuggets' 37-point third period. He added eight rebounds and four assists. Monte Morris scored 18 points off the bench.
Domantas Sabonis had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to carry Indiana past Philadelphia in Indianapolis.
T.J. Warren added 21 points, Myles Turner contributed 14 and Jeremy Lamb had 13 for the Pacers, who improved to 15-3 at home and snapped a two-game losing streak. Doug McDermott also had 12 points for Indiana while former 76er T.J. McConnell added 11 points and 10 assists.
Ben Simmons logged 18 points and 10 rebounds, but also had three assists against six turnovers for the Sixers. Josh Richardson led Philadelphia with 20 points, but the 76ers looked out of sync from start to finish without All-Star center Joel Embiid (sore left knee).
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, and Dejounte Murray contributed seven of his 15 points in overtime as host San Antonio posted a victory over Golden State. Patty Mills highlighted his 18-point performance with five 3-pointers as San Antonio improved to 4-1 in overtime this season.
LaMarcus Aldridge collected 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have won seven of their past 11 overall and five of their past six meetings with Golden State. San Antonio defeated the Warriors for the second time this season, as it posted a 127-110 victory on Nov. 1 in San Francisco.
Los Angeles Clippers 105 - Sacramento Kings 87
Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points, and visiting Los Angeles defeated Sacramento for the 10th straight time.
Leonard missed his first four shots before finishing 8 of 21 from the floor with seven assists. Paul George also overcame a slow start to finish with 21 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Clippers, who have won 14 straight in Sacramento.
Richaun Holmes had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Buddy Hield contributed 20 points for the Kings, who have lost eight in a row overall and haven't defeated the Clippers in Sacramento since March 19, 2013.
Toronto Raptors 117 - Cleveland Cavaliers 97
Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and added eight assists as host Toronto defeated Cleveland. It was the second win in 15 days for the Raptors over the Cavaliers, who have lost five straight in Toronto.
Serge Ibaka added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, Terence Davis had a season-high-tying 19 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 14 points and OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet each scored 12.
Collin Sexton had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who completed a three-game road trip at 1-2. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for his team-best 17th double-double of the season.
(Field Level Media)