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Beal pops for 51 as Wizards ease past Trail Blazers

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PORTLAND, Oregon — Bradley Beal scored a career-high 51 points as the Washington Wizards trounced the Portland Trail Blazers, 106-92, Tuesday night.

Beal made 21-of-37 shots from the field, hitting 5-of-12 3-pointers while surpassing his previous career high of 42 points. Beal's scoring made up for the absence of John Wall, who missed his sixth straight game with a knee injury.

Thanks largely to Beal, the Wizards atoned for a 116-69 loss at Utah on Monday night.

Damian Lillard collected 30 points, eight rebounds and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost their third straight game — all at home. Jusuf Nurkic added 15 points and nine rebounds before leaving with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.

Thunder 100, Jazz 94

OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season, finishing with 34 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, and Oklahoma City overcome a 17-point deficit with four minutes left in the third quarter.

Utah had its 6-game winning streak snapped while the Thunder recorded their third straight win.

Donovan Mitchell had 31 points for Utah, which led 72-55 at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter but scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Raptors 126, Suns 113

TORONTO — Not only did Phoenix lose, but its top scorer, Devin Booker, was carried from the court with 2:40 left in the fourth quarter. The initial diagnosis was a strained left adductor.

Booker, who scored a season-best 46 points Monday in the victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, had 19 points, eight rebounds and five rebounds against the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and added 10 assists and six rebounds for the Raptors, who have won four games in a row. The Suns picked up four technical fouls in the game.

Injury updates

Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right ankle, the team announced Tuesday.

An MRI exam performed in Charlotte, North Carolina, displayed no structural damage and the Warriors said Curry will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

The Warriors are in Charlotte for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.

Curry injured the right ankle late in Monday's 125-115 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Postgame X-rays were negative.

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., the team's second-leading scorer, will be sidelined for at least two weeks because of a "stress injury" in his lower left leg, the team announced.

A stress injury means Hardaway has either a stress reaction or a stress fracture, with the latter being more serious. Based on information received from medical experts, the New York Post reported that a stress reaction could sidelined a player for two to six weeks, while a stress fracture could keep a player out for two months.

Hardaway, who is averaging 17.8 points, has already missed two games because of the injury and he has begun the rehabilitation process.

San Antonio Spurs All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard still doesn't know when he will make his season debut. But it could occur later this week.

The soft-spoken Leonard has missed the team's first 24 games due to a quadriceps injury and said he is feeling good during his first interaction with reporters since Sept. 25.

"I'm feeling pretty healthy right now," Leonard said. "I think they told you guys [reporters] that I've been playing 5-on-5. So that's where I'm at right now. It's been good. Just still, just gotta’ go through a few more processes of doing that. I should be back soon."

Speculation persists that Leonard could see action in Friday's home game against the Boston Celtics. But Leonard said there isn't a return date picked out.

 

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