NBA: Thunder beat Magic, Paul George on fire with 39

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) – Oklahoma City Thunder defeated Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday as Thunder's All-Star Paul George had 39 points and 8 rebounds in victory.

OKC star Russell Westbrook had another triple in the win as he scored 16 points, took 15 rebounds and made 16 assists against Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma.

Jerami Grant tallied a "double double" in the win as he scored 19 points and took 11 rebounds.

Orlando Magic lost the away game, however Magic forward Terrence Ross scored 26 points. In addition to Ross, Magic's French guard Evan Fournier produced 25 points.

Fournier also tallied five rebounds and five assists.

In addition Magic forward Aaron Gordon made a "double double" for his team as he scored 18 points and made 10 assists.

Magic's All-Star center Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points against OKC, he also grabbed 9 rebounds.

In the other game of the day Los Angeles Lakers were heavily beaten by Indiana Pacers by 136-94 as Lakers star LeBron James faced the heaviest loss of his career.

James scored 18 points, took seven rebounds and produced nine assists in Indianapolis.

In this game, Pacers' top scorer was Bojan Bogdanovic, scoring 24 points.

Despite this heavy loss, James surpassed 32,000 points milestone in his career, youngest ever to do so in NBA history.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, 71, tops this list as he managed to score 38,387 points in his career.

  • Results

Charlotte Hornets – Los Angeles Clippers: 115-117

Cleveland Cavaliers – Boston Celtics: 96-103

Indiana Pacers – Los Angeles Lakers: 136-94

New York Knicks – Detroit Pistons: 92-105

Memphis Grizzlies – Minnesota Timberwolves: 108-106

Oklahoma City Thunder – Orlando Magic: 132-122

Philadelphia 76ers – Toronto Raptors: 107-119

Portland Trail Blazers – Miami Heat: 108-118

  • All-Star Saturday night event participants announced

In other news in the NBA, the All-Star Game's Saturday night event participants also announced late Tuesday.

According to the official announcement by the NBA, the Slam Dunk contest participants will be Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets), John Collins (Atlanta Hawks), Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Dennis Smith Jr. (New York Knicks).

In the Three-Point Contest, Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Seth Curry (Portland Trail Blazers), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Danny Green (Toronto Raptors), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Buddy Hield (Sacramento Kings), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) will compete.

In the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks), De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings), Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic) and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) will square off.

The NBA All-Star weekend will be at Charlotte's Spectrum Center on Feb. 16-18.