NBA roundup: Jeff Teague lifts Pacers to victory against Thunder; Knicks beat Hawks
Indiana's Jeff Teague scored 30 points to help them beat the Thunder, whereas New York and Portland beat Atlanta and Brooklyn respectively.
Los Angeles: Indiana's Jeff Teague scored 30 points, eight of them in over-time, to lead six double-figure scorers who powered the Pacers over Oklahoma City 115-111 in an NBA game Sunday.
Russell Westbrook, who had game highs of 31 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds in a losing cause, sank a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Thunder level at 103-103 and send the game into over-time.
But Teague sank a 3-point shot, converted a 3-point play and sank two free throws to create the final score as the visiting Pacers improved to 7-7 while Oklahoma City fell to 8-6.
"Just wasn't ready," Westbrook said. "I could have did a lot of things better. I have to come out and be ready to play every night. I feel like I let my guys down and we have to be better."
Thaddeus Young had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, while Glenn Robinson III had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana, which kept Paul George out of the lineup due to a sore left ankle. George leads the Pacers with 21.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game.
"We have guys that are capable of playing at a high level," Teague said. "They stepped up tonight. We've got confidence in everybody on the roster. It showed."
Chicago's Jimmy Butler scored 40 points to power the Bulls over the host Los Angeles Lakers 118-110.
In New York, the Knicks defeated Atlanta 104-94 at Madison Square Garden, while the Brooklyn Nets were downed 129-109 by Portland.
With Knicks center Joakim Noah absent due to illness, Carmelo Anthony scored a season-high 31 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and 11 rebounds as New York improved to 6-7 with their fourth consecutive home triumph.
New York guards Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each scored 14 points as the Knicks pulled ahead by 13 points in the first quarter and kept control from there.
"I thought we did a great job of not getting off to a slow start," Anthony said. "Today was just more about playing off the guys... playing off Derrick. Defensively we more confident."
The Hawks (9-4) were led by Paul Millsap's 19 points, while Dwight Howard added 18 points and 18 rebounds.
At Brooklyn, C.J. McCollum scored 33 points to power the Trail Blazers over the Nets, snapping a three-game Portland losing skid.
Evan Turner added 19 points and Damian Lillard contributed 18 for Portland while Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard added 14 each as the Trail Blazers had a season-high 15 3-pointers and a season-best 57.6 overall shooting percentage.
Brook Lopez scored 21 to lead the Nets, who lost their fourth game in a row.
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said guard Jeremy Lin, sidelined by a left hamstring strain, is "progressing well" but the team gave no timeline for his return.
Jamal Murray came off the bench to lead Denver with 18 points and reserve Wilson Chandler added 17 as the Nuggets beat visiting Utah 105-91.
Rudy Gay scored 23 points while DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Sacramento over Toronto 102-99.
Brooklyn, Philadelphia finished ahead of Milwaukee in the regular season, but the Bucks ousted the Nets in the second round and went on to win their first NBA title in 50 years.
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