Basketball / NBA

Gallinari, Paul lead Thunder past 76ers


When Danilo Gallinari hit a big 3-pointer in overtime, the crowd roared in support of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It was just like old times.

Gallinari scored 28 points to help Oklahoma City beat the Philadelphia 76ers 127-119 on Friday night.

Chris Paul had 27 points for the Thunder, who had dropped three of four. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Terrance Ferguson finished with 19.

It was the biggest win of the season for a franchise that lost All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George in offseason trades. The sellout Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd of 18,203 backed Oklahoma City with loud cheering in the fourth quarter and overtime and made it seem, for a night, like nothing had changed in a venue long known as one of the league’s loudest places.

“It was amazing,” Gallinari said. “These are the moments players live for and these are the moments you want at home. It was great to get them a W.”

Gallinari missed a jumper from the top of the key that would have won it at the end of regulation, but he made up for it with seven points in overtime.

The Thunder relentlessly attacked the bigger 76ers and outscored them 35-15 at the free-throw line. Oklahoma City shot 53.9 percent from the field for the night.

“I give our guys credit because I think we tried to play to our identity and tried to do it consistently through four quarters,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

Joel Embiid had 31 points and 12 rebounds and Josh Richardson added 28 points for Philadelphia, which lost five of seven.

“We’re obviously frustrated,” forward Tobias Harris said. “Losing five of seven is not where we want to be. It’s early in the season, and right now, we’re going to progress and get better and find ways to figure out ways to help each other and help our team and go from there.”

Oklahoma City outscored Philadelphia 20-12 in overtime. The Thunder went 5-for-7 from the field and 8 for 8 at the line in the extra period.

“Lots of whistles,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “They called it how they wanted to call it. … Sometimes, the game is called that way, and that’s how it was.”

Wizards 137, Timberwolves 116

In Minneapolis, Bradley Beal scored 44 points for the second straight game and Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over short-handed Minnesota.

Moritz Wagner came off the bench for Washington to add 30 points and 15 rebounds — both career highs. Rookie forward Rui achimura added eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 25-plus minutes.

Karl-Anthony Towns, celebrating his 24th birthday, led the Timberwolves with 36 points. Minnesota was without scoring leader Andrew Wiggins because of personal reasons.

In Other Games

Rockets 111, Pacers 102

Lakers 99, Kings 97

Celtics 105, Warriors 100

Hornets 109, Pistons 106

Grizzlies 107, Jazz 106

Magic 111, Spurs 109