Carmelo Anthony hits milestone as Thunder rolls
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 8:36
Durant hit two 3s and Curry added a third in a 67-second span late in the third quarter, during which the Warriors (39-10) went 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, leading Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to throw up his arms in frustration.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 213 points with Oklahoma City set as a 4-point favorite. The Thunder confirmed Roberson would miss the remainder of the season. The Thunder beat the Wizards in Oklahoma City on Thursday, 121-112.
The 33-year-old reached the milestone against the Pistons, the team that passed on him with the No. 2 pick in the 2003 draft in favor of Darko Milicic after James went No. 1 to Cleveland.
Prior to the game, Brett Brown said he would not limit Embiid's playing time in Oklahoma City based on the possibility of him playing in his first back-to-back.
As he dribbled out the clock on his squad's eighth consecutive victory, Westbrook's eyes found Embiid on the sideline, and they remained on him for an awkwardly long time.
Westbrook recorded his 15th triple-double this season (31 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists).
After the game, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Roberson suffered ruptured patellar tendon and will undergo a season-ending surgery in the near future.
Donovan indicated that rookie Terrance Ferguson and second-year pro Alex Abrines could replace Roberson in the lineup. They allow 108.3 points per 100 when he's off.
The Pistons are 3-11 since point guard Reggie Jackson went down with a sprained ankle December 26.
The Pistons struggled to guard the Thunder's big three from the opening tip, with Paul George exploding for 16 points in the first quarter. Embiid led both teams with 34 points and also had eight rebounds and six assists.
The 76ers, last in the National Basketball Association in turnovers with 17.3 per game, had a season-low 10 against the Spurs.
With a minute left, the lead was back to 10. Reggie Bullock, back after missing one game with a thumb injury, scored 16 points and played 34 minutes because starter Stanley Johnson had nothing going offensively (0 for 3, no points in 11 minutes). Wall and Beal vs. Lowry and DeRozan is always a must-see matchup, especially now that all four are All-Stars this season. Philadelphia started a four-game road trip with a win over San Antonio on Friday.
The key to beating the Magic is locking down on their main offensive threats - Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier, Jonathon Simmons, and Elfrid Payton.
Ferguson logged 23 minutes, Jerami Grant saw 22, Josh Huestis played 19, and Alex Abrines got....three.