Pistons become Sixers' latest victims
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Hollis Thompson's 3-pointer in the final seconds sent the game to overtime, and the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Detroit Pistons 108-101 on Saturday night in a matchup of the teams with the NBA's two worst records.
Detroit (3-17) dropped its 11th straight and now leads the 76ers (2-18) by only a game in the standings. Philadelphia has won two of three since starting the season 0-17.
Thompson tied it at 100 when he sank a fadeaway from the right corner with 13.4 seconds left in regulation. The Pistons managed only one point in overtime.
The teams entered with a combined record of 4-34, the second-worst in NBA history for teams about to play each other — with a minimum of 38 combined games. The 76ers and Buffalo Braves were 4-35 entering their meeting Nov. 24, 1972, according to STATS.
Robert Covington scored 25 points for Philadelphia and Michael Carter-Williams added 20. Josh Smith led Detroit with 23 points, and he also had eight rebounds and seven assists.
It took almost half the overtime for either team to score. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finally made a free throw for Detroit with 2:37 left, but the 76ers scored the game's final eight points.
The teams were facing each other for the first time since March 29, when the 76ers snapped their record-tying, 26-game losing streak with a 123-98 rout of the Pistons in Philadelphia.
WARRIORS 112, BULLS 102: At Chicago, Draymond Green scored a career-high 31 points and Golden State set a franchise record with its 12th straight victory.
Klay Thompson added 24 points for the Warriors, who extended their league-best record to 17-2.
Jimmy Butler led the Bulls with 24 points. Pau Gasol added 22 points and 20 rebounds.
The Warriors improved to 10-1 on the road. They previously won a franchise-record 11 straight games from Dec. 29, 1971-Jan. 22, 1972.
ROCKETS 100, SUNS 95: At Houston, Trevor Ariza and Pat Beverley each scored 19 points, leading Houston to its fourth straight win.
The Rockets improved to 16-4 by winning for the seventh time in the nine games All-Star center Dwight Howard (knee strain) has been out.
SPURS 123, TIMBERWOLVES 101: At San Antonio, Marco Belinelli scored 20 points, Tim Duncan had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and San Antonio rolled to the easy win.
The Spurs had seven players score in double figures. Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph had 18 points apiece, and Boris Diaw finished with 17.
MAGIC 105, KINGS 96: At Sacramento, Tobias Harris scored a season-high 27 points for Orlando, and Channing Frye made a game-changing 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter.
Victor Oladipo had 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds, helping the Magic to their second straight win following back-to-back losses to Golden State and the Los Angeles Clippers.
CLIPPERS 120, PELICANS 100: At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 30 points, going over 7,000 for his career, and Los Angeles rallied after blowing an 18-point, first-half lead for its seventh straight victory.
J.J. Redick scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter, Jamal Crawford added 20, Chris Paul had 18 points and 16 assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds for Los Angeles.