Victor Oladipo continued to prove his critics wrong, leading the Indiana Pacers to a win over the Denver Nuggets in the NBA on Sunday.
When the Pacers sent Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason, many felt they got fleeced. But Indiana's main return piece in the trade, Oladipo, continued to shine in a 126-116 overtime win over the Nuggets.
Oladipo scored a career-high 47 points on 15-of-28 shooting with seven rebounds and six assists. Oladipo already has five 30-plus point games this season as he continues to take his game to new heights.
The Pacers have now won four straight games, and 10 of their last 13. Behind Oladipo, Indiana feature a balanced scoring attack including Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young. Turner scored 24 points with eight rebounds, and Young added 18 points.
The Eastern Conference has proven more competitive than recent seasons, and the Pacers (16-11) are now in the thick of the play-off chase. If Oladipo can continue his rise to stardom, they may have a chance to cause some problems late in the season.
Pelicans trio Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo helped New Orleans to a 131-124 win over the 76ers. Holiday scored a game-high 34 points, Rondo scored 13 points with 18 assists and five steals, and Davis added 29 points with eight rebounds.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 points with 12 rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 97-92 win over the Mavericks.
JACKSON, FOX BATTLE
Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson scored just two points on 0-for-nine shooting in a 91-81 loss to the Celtics. The Pistons, having now lost five straight games, need guys like Jackson to step up in order to make the play-offs.
Kings rookie point guard De'Aaron Fox scored just six points on three-of-eight shooting, while turning the ball over seven times in a 102-87 loss to the Raptors. Fox played just 23 minutes, but finishing a game with more turnovers than points is never ideal.
PORZINGIS, JACK COMBINE
Kristaps Porzingis completed Jarrett Jack's sweet dish with a thunderous slam.
Toronto Raptors 102-87 Sacramento Kings
Boston Celtics 91-81 Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers 126-116 Denver Nuggets
Minnesota Timberwolves 97-92 Dallas Mavericks
New Orleans Pelicans 131-124 Philadelphia 76ers
New York Knicks 111-107 Atlanta Hawks
TRAIL BLAZERS AT WARRIORS
Still without Stephen Curry, the red-hot Warriors host the Damian Lillard-led Trail Blazers. Kevin Durant began the season a little slow, but he has found his play-off form in Curry's absence. Portland have lost four straight games, but do boast a solid 6-4 road record.
|Dalot makes debut, Martial starts for Manchester United|
|India avenge ICC Champions Trophy loss with big win over Pakistan|
|Ronaldo makes Champions League debut for Juve|
|Lopetegui picks Navas over Courtois for Champions League clash with Roma|
|Willian very happy under Sarri after Conte row|
|Sarri deals blow to Chelsea kids´ Europa League hopes|
|Mendy out for Manchester City as Aguero makes bench|
|Cech accepts performances key to securing Arsenal stay|
|Monchi rules out Spain return amid Barcelona rumours|
|Durham skittled for 61 and 66 on the same day|
|Kane isn´t a machine – Lamela defends misfiring Spurs star|
|Hazard left out of Chelsea squad for PAOK trip|
|Tiger feels close to ending drought after achieving Tour Championship goal|
|Leno in line for Arsenal chance in Europa League|
|Gazidis leaves Arsenal in good shape, insists Emery|
|Eagles bring back WR Matthews, place Wallace on IR|
|England include Stokes, Hales and uncapped seamer Stone in ODI squad|
|Suwon Bluewings 0 Jeonbuk Motors 3 (aet, 4-2 on penalties): Quarter-final comeback ends in spot-kick|
|Australia captain Paine ready to slog it out with Pakistan|
|Nadal pulls out of China Open & Shanghai Masters with knee injury|
|Ostapenko begins Korea Open defence with victory|
|Joshua v Povetkin: How Olympic super heavyweight champions have fared|
|Liverpool ´made a point´ with PSG victory - Gomez|
|Osaka wows Tokyo crowd on WTA return|
|Excited Povetkin arrives in England for Joshua showdown|
|Kovac patience with Sanches set to reap rewards|
|Kovac: Madrid strong without Ronaldo, Messi is the best|
|ATP suspends umpire Lahyani over Kyrgios ´pep talk´ at US Open|
|North and South Korea seek to co-host 2032 Olympics|
|Ampadu signs long-term Chelsea contract|
|Don´t blame Neymar, PSG players all guilty - Thiago Silva|
|Real Madrid seek to plug Ronaldo scoring gap – Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Brewers allow Cardinals to inch closer with loss to Reds|
|Manchester is still red – Depay ahead of Lyon´s clash with City|
|Orioles become first pro team to wear braille jerseys|
|Klopp hails ´brilliant´ Henderson|
|PSG attack lacked aggression, says Tuchel|
|Atletico Tucuman 0 Gremio 2: Libertadores holders draw first blood in QFs|
|Thomas plays down wrist worry|
|Rakitic wants more from Barcelona hat-trick hero Messi|
|My players aren´t s*** – Pochettino defends Spurs squad|
|Cubs reliever Morrow won´t return this season|
|Tebow expected to be back in Mets organisation next season|
|Inter can compete against anyone – Icardi revels in Champions League victory|
|Tuchel: PSG loss to Liverpool not logical or correct|
|Sturridge in best shape I´ve seen – Klopp|
|Milojevic celebrates ´fantastic´ occasion after Red Star´s 26-year wait|
|Rodrigo and Simeone salute Griezmann display|
|Seahawks DE Clark on Bears QB Trubisky: He´s nothing special|
|Carroll says Wilson has been ´over-trying a little bit´|
|Judge returns to Yankees´ starting lineup|
|Napoli boss Ancelotti takes aim at Red Star time wasting|
|Favre admits young Dortmund stars struggled in Bruges|
|Otavio would trade goal for Porto victory as he bemoans Schalke draw|
|Championship Review: Pacesetters Leeds crush Preston, Villa end five-game winless run|
|Neymar world-class but not a defender - Klopp says Liverpool targeted PSG star|
|Waiters injury update: Heat guard unlikely to be ready for start of season|
|Gojowczyk eliminates returning Tsonga in Metz|
|Liverpool enjoying best start in 57 years after PSG win|
|Galatasaray 3 Lokomotiv Moscow 0: Terim´s side make light work of Russians|
|Club Brugge 0 Borussia Dortmund 1: Super sub Pulisic scores late winner|
|Schalke 1 Porto 1: Fahrmann saves one penalty, but Otavio scores another|
|Red Star Belgrade 0 Napoli 0: Points shared as Italians fail to make possession pay|
|Liverpool 3 Paris Saint-Germain 2: Firmino strikes late as Reds edge five-goal thriller|
|Monaco 1 Atletico Madrid 2: Costa and Gimenez seal comfortable win|
|Chaos reigns in Serie B as league denies suspension claim|
|India secure Asia Cup victory despite valiant Hong Kong effort|
|Messi makes "extraordinary routine", says Valverde after Barca star surpasses Ronaldo|
|Spalletti´s Inter to take heart from Tottenham turnaround|
|Casillas features in landmark 20th Champions League campaign|