The Los Angeles Clippers, buoyed by Jamal Crawford's scoring firepower off the bench, picked up a 103-90 road win over the Portland Trail Blazers, while the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to defeat the Chicago Bulls 97-91.
Crawford, who played last season for Portland and was greeted with boos Thursday night by the crowd, scored 25 points and star point guard Chris Paul contributed 21 and also dished out six assists.
The Clippers built a 21-point lead at halftime before the Blazers stormed back in the third quarter thanks to strong play by rookie point guard Damian Lillard and forward Nicolas Batum, who led Portland with 23 points.
But a late score by Paul with just under three minutes remaining sealed the victory for the visitors, who lead the Pacific Division with a 4-2 record.
Portland fell to 2-3.
In the only other NBA game Thursday night, Kevin Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a road victory over the Chicago Bulls, scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to spark a come-from-behind victory.
Forward Serge Ibaka also had a big game for the Thunder, scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds, while the Bulls' Luol Deng topped all scorers with 27 points.
The Thunder picked up their second straight victory to run their record to 3-2.
The Bulls, whose record now also stands at 3-2, led by six after three quarters. EFE