NBA: Damian Lillard sets Trail Blazers record with 61 points; Kemba Walker powers Celtics to win over Lakers
Kemba Walker scored 20 points to end a career-long personal losing streak against LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum scored 27 to help Boston send the top team in the Western Conference to its biggest loss of the season
NBA: Jaylen Brown matches career-high points total as Celtics win; D’Angelo Russell stars in Warriors' victory over Suns
D’Angelo Russell had 31 points and six assists, and the Warriors rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory
Boston forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left hand Saturday in the Celtics' 135-115 victory at San Antonio, dimming the joy of improving to 7-1 on the NBA season.
Chris Paul started his career in Oklahoma City with the Hornets when they relocated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was rookie of the year during the 2005-06 season, the first of two years he spent in Oklahoma City.
James Harden scored 27 points in the first quarter and matched his career best of 61 as the Houston Rockets rallied late to beat the San Antonio Spurs 111-105 on Friday.
NBA: Blake Griffin nets 44 points to help Pistons beat former team Clippers; Thunder notch comeback win over Spurs
Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in eight seasons in Los Angeles. He won the rookie-of-the-year award and was a five-time all-star with the franchise.
NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder's Nerlens Noel hospitalised after scary fall during game against Minnesota Timberwolves
Noel took an elbow to the face in as he tried to defend Minnesota's driving Andrew Wiggins and crashed to the court, appearing to rap his head on the floor.
James was backed by Kevin Love, who also had a double-double with 25 points and 16 rebounds.
At the end of the first round of the NBA playoffs, 16 teams were trimmed down to eight, the level of competition got tougher, and the ‘great’ stood out from the merely ‘good’.