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.
|All Blacks ring the changes for series finale with France|
|Sampaoli yet to decide on Argentina XI to face Croatia|
|Bale needs Real Madrid assurances, says agent|
|What game were you watching? - Costa bites back at journalist|
|Catalans capitalise on Leeds collapse to secure victory|
|Ronaldo facial hair inspired by Quaresma joke|
|This is not football - Carvajal criticises Iran tactics|
|Costa strike keeps 2018 World Cup waiting for first goalless draw|
|FIFA fines Mexico over discriminatory chants|
|Suarez announces wife´s pregnancy after World Cup heroics|
|Fortune favours Spain´s ´Supermen´ as luck proves to be Iran´s kryptonite|
|Hubert Green, U.S. Open winner who ignored death threat, dies at 71|
|Osaka injured in Birmingham, Kerber crashes out in Mallorca|
|Iran 0 Spain 1: Costa goal breaks stubborn resistance|
|Cilic battles back but Wawrinka bows out at Queen´s|
|Messi the greatest but Croatia will play to beat Argentina, says Dalic|
|Thiem stunned by Sugita in Halle|
|Salah rejects talk of rift in Egypt camp|
|England Women follow up men´s ODI record with T20I high|
|Southgate laughs off dislocated shoulder: Better me than one of the players!|
|World Cup hosts Russia qualify as Egypt make early exit|
|Pique wins 100th Spain cap in Iran World Cup clash|
|Serbia v Switzerland: Kolarov not interested in playing for a draw|
|Rakitic wary of ´uber-motivated´ Messi|
|Not my finest moment - Mickelson issues apology after U.S. Open controversy|
|´Best in the world´ Messi the victim of unfair treatment, says Sampaoli|
|Suarez off the mark but resurgent Russia will not fear stuttering Uruguay|
|Uruguay 1 Saudi Arabia 0: Centurion Suarez strikes to send La Celeste, Russia through|
|Peru boss Gareca not a fan of ´novelty´ VAR|
|Nigeria v Iceland: Hallgrimsson anticipates another intense battle|
|Griezmann to face Peru despite ankle issue and struggles – Deschamps|
|Leicester sign Norwich´s Maddison|
|Leinster face Wasps, Bath, Toulouse in Champions Cup draw|
|2019 Ashes to start World Test Championship|
|Wizards to face Knicks in London next season|
|Vettel eyeing Paul Ricard profits - French GP in numbers|
|Malaga turn to Muniz once again|
|Amrabat: VAR doesn´t work if you do not use it|
|Suarez earns 100th Uruguay cap|
|You´ve got to look beyond football - Denmark chip in to fly new father Knudsen home|
|Neymar returns to Brazil training after injury scare|
|No passports required - Burnley´s 51-year wait for European tie sees Clarets draw... Aberdeen|
|Huddersfield bring in Bacuna to boost midfield|
|Forget the GOAT and the goatee - just enjoy Ronaldo and Messi|
|Ronaldo bearing down on Daei after going past Puskas - The top five goalscorers in international foo|
|Portugal 1 Morocco 0: Record-breaker Ronaldo sends Renard´s men out|
|Halep pulls out of Eastbourne International|
|Brazil v Costa Rica: Coutinho ready for more Selecao toil|
|Muller and Bierhoff dismiss reports of German disharmony|
|Mooy can play at a higher level, says Socceroos boss Van Marwijk|
|Remarkable Ronaldo breaks Puskas´ European record|
|Belgian Grand Prix deal agreed until 2021|
|Isco: I´m not going to speak to Ronaldo again!|
|Slater expects to be fit for Origin II|
|Curran and Overton added to England ODI squad|
|Hussey fears Australia will be left with ´mental scars´|
|Fabianski swaps Swansea for West Ham|
|Loftus-Cheek ready to replace Alli|
|England are a team now - Rashford|
|Lazaridis calls for Cahill to start against Denmark|
|Arzani and Ryan can play at the highest level, says Bosnich|
|Dust (Ja)pan and brush: Blue Samurai fans clean up in Saransk|
|Lodge reaches agreement over New York attack|
|Gerrard can become a strong manager - Arena|
|Arsenal target Torreira has left for €30m, says Sampdoria chief|
|Murray unsure over Wimbledon participation|
|De Gea has to bounce back from Ronaldo shocker - Bosnich|
|Martinez not looking for perfection|
|Farah´s Wests Tigers return confirmed|
|Cubs get extra-inning win to split doubleheader with Dodgers|