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NBA Roundup: Thunder Strike Rockets

  • FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' George Hill (3) drives to the basket against Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla. A person familiar with the situation says Hill will miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury. Hill, who was kept out of Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma City due to soreness, has a sprained shoulder, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet provided an update on the veteran guard’s condition. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)



Thursday, November 08, 2018

Oklahoma City — Paul George scored 20 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Houston Rockets, 98-80, on Thursday night without point guard Russell Westbrook for their seventh straight victory.

Westbrook missed his second consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. George also had 11 rebounds, six assists and six steals. The Thunder were 0-4 before the streak.

Steven Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrance Ferguson and Dennis Schroder each added 14 points for Oklahoma City. All five Thunder starters scored in double figures before the end of the third quarter.

James Harden scored 19 points, but made just 7 of 19 shots for the Rockets. Clint Capela added 17 points for Houston, which had won three in a row.

Houston’s Carmelo Anthony, who played for the Thunder last season and was traded this summer, scored two points on 1-for-11 shooting. Chris Paul added 10 points.

Another Cavalier Out

Cleveland — Cavaliers starting point guard George Hill will miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury, a person familiar with the situation said.

Hill has a sprained shoulder, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Cleveland has not yet provided an update on the veteran guard’s condition. Hill was kept out of Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma City because of soreness.

ESPN was first to report Hill’s injury.

Hill’s setback is another shot to the Cavs, who are an NBA-worst 1-10 and will be without All-Star forward Kevin Love for another five weeks — and possibly longer.