Welcome back? Rating the return of Gilgeous-Alexander and Gallinari to L.A.

It was tough for the Clippers to give up so much draft capital for Paul George, but what made the trade even tougher was parting with Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 

Nov 15, 2019

After an offseason of furious player movement — including eight 2019 All-Stars changing teams — one intriguing storyline of this NBA season will be how players are received by fans when they return to the cities they left.

Some will be easier to predict than others. Kyrie Irving in Boston? Won’t be subtle. Same with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Kawhi Leonard, on the other hand, should receive a hero’s welcome when he returns to Toronto despite breaking the hearts of Raptors fans when he left for the Clippers.

Throughout the season we’ll gauge each of the reunions with a “Fan Hospitality Meter.”

Here are the reunion tour’s schedule, anticipated fan reaction and

George’s late 3 helps Clippers edge Thunder 90-88

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers’ offense wasn’t doing much through three quarters, so they buckled down on defense and narrowly avoided getting beat by a couple of former teammates.

Paul George hit a go-ahead 3-pointer against his old team with 25 seconds left, lifting Los Angeles over the Oklahoma City Thunder 90-88 on Monday night to improve to 8-1 at home.

“It’s any other game but it was fun to see familiar faces and share some laughs,” George said.

With the Clippers minus Kawhi Leonard for the third straight game because of a bruised left knee, Oklahoma City tied the score at 86 on a 3 by ex-Clipper Danilo Gallinari. Chris Paul made two free throws after being fouled by George for an 88-86 lead, but George’s 3 put Los Angeles back ahead 89-88.

Maurice Harkless was then called for a foul on Gallinari that was overturned following a

Harden, Westbrook power Rockets to eighth straight win

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook had 28 points and a triple-double, and the Houston Rockets coasted to their eighth straight win, 132-108 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Westbrook had 13 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season and the 141st of his career after sitting out to rest in Houston’s last game on Saturday night.

The Rockets led by double digits for most of this one on a night they got starters Clint Capela and Danuel House back after both players had missed time with injuries.

Capela added a season-high 22 points and had 20 rebounds to become the first Rocket to have at least 20 rebounds in four straight games since Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes in 1971.

CJ McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 25 points in a game where Damian Lillard shot just 4 of

Doncic 2nd-youngest with 40-point triple-double

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DALLAS — Luka Doncic grew up idolizing LeBron James, and now the young NBA prodigy has joined James in the record book.

The Dallas Mavericks needed everything Doncic delivered in a sensational performance Monday night.

Doncic scored a career-high 42 points to go with 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks held off the skidding San Antonio Spurs 117-110. Doncic is the second-youngest player in NBA history to have a 40-point triple-double, after James. They are the only two players to record 40-point triple-doubles before turning 21.

“It feels like every day there are stats you don’t know about, stats that you read about,” Doncic said. “It’s great to hit.”

Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, with Doncic hitting a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds to play that put Dallas up 115-110 after

Westbrook: Don't normalize Harden's greatness

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HOUSTON — James Harden‘s scoring average for the season dipped slightly Monday night, when he scored 36 points in the Houston Rockets‘ 132-108 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

That just puts in perspective how productive Harden has been for the Rockets, who have won eight consecutive games, with Harden scoring more than 35 points in each victory during the streak.

“I think that a lot of people like to normalize greatness when you see it over and over again, but it’s not normal, because there’s nobody else that can do it,” said Rockets guard Russell Westbrook, who had his third triple-double of the season with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. “If it was normal, everybody would do it.

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Towns hits 7 3-pointers, Wolves beat Jazz without Wiggins

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Early in the second half, Karl-Anthony Towns went to the hoop and was rejected by Rudy Gobert. After that, Towns didn’t even try to shoot inside the 3-point arc.

Worked out pretty well.

Towns tied a career high with seven 3s and scored 29 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves hand the Utah Jazz their first home loss of the season, 112-102 on Monday night.

Running repeated pick-and-pops near the top of the key and drawing Gobert, the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, away from the basket paid dividends as the Timberwolves went on an 18-2 run in a stunning fourth quarter.

“I was feeling real good. I was feeling juiced,” said Towns, who said his teammates were encouraging him to keep shooting.

“Don’t worry about me,” he said back to the bench. “I’m going to keep throwing them up and they’re going

Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to be 'one of the best players to ever play'

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CHICAGO — With the numbers 23 and 33 dangling from the rafters of the United Center, a 19-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo was in awe of his first experience playing on the road against the Chicago Bulls in December 2013.

“I definitely want to be one of the best players to ever play, but in order for me to do that, I’ve got to be locked in every night,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN on Monday night as he reflected on that initial trip here. “Because at the end of the day, if you don’t win, it doesn’t count. All the effort you spent, if you don’t win, it really doesn’t count.”

Antetokounmpo pushed through five offensive fouls and eight turnovers to finish with 33 points and 10 rebounds in the Milwaukee Bucks115-101 win over the Bulls.

Through 13 games this season, he already

Tatum scores 26 to lead Celtics over Suns 99-85

PHOENIX (AP) — Boston’s Kemba Walker took his time during the final seconds of the first half before accelerating around one defender and splitting two more while scooping a layup off the glass for the buzzer-beating basket.

One night after their 10-game winning streak was snapped, the Celtics were right back to their dominating basketball.

Jayson Tatum scored 26 points, Walker added 19 and Boston won for the 11th time in 12 games by beating the Phoenix Suns 99-85 on Monday night.

“We showed a lot of heart, a lot of fight,” Tatum said. “We could have held our heads down after yesterday. The streak ended and we lost a close game.

“But that’s the good thing about the NBA, no matter how good or bad you play, there’s another game coming up real soon. That’s what matters.”

Boston (11-2) had its lengthy win streak snapped Sunday by the Sacramento

C's Smart sprains ankle, says 'everything's fine'

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter of Monday’s 99-85 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Smart appeared to land awkwardly on his right foot at around the 9-minute mark as he was guarding Devin Booker along the baseline. He immediately waved for help after going down and limped off the court with assistance from medical personnel.

Smart had 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 30 minutes before exiting.

Smart said he might have tried to return if the game had been close, and there wasn’t much swelling after the injury.

“It just irritated the exact same ankle I was coming back from in the same spot,” Smart said. “But everything’s fine. I should be fine to play the rest of the trip.”

Coach Brad Stevens said Smart will be

Doncic scores 42 in triple-double, Mavs top Spurs 117-110

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic grew up idolizing LeBron James, and now the young NBA prodigy has joined James in the record book.

The Dallas Mavericks needed everything Doncic delivered in a sensational performance Monday night.

Doncic scored a career-high 42 points to go with 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the Mavericks held off the skidding San Antonio Spurs 117-110. The 20-year-old second-year guard joined James as the only players in league history younger than 21 to have a 40-point triple-double.

“It feels like every day there are stats you don’t know about, stats that you read about,” Doncic said. “It’s great to hit.”

Dallas led wire to wire but had to fend off a late Spurs rally, with Doncic hitting a 3-pointer with 26.5 seconds to play that put Dallas up 115-110 after the Spurs had rallied from 14 down at the start of the quarter.

Doncic has