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James’ Cavs holds-off the Nets 116-108
NEW YORK—LeBron James
scored 36 points, carrying Cleve-
land while Kyrie Irving and Kevin
Love had slow starts in their re-
turn to the lineup, and the Cav-
aliers beat the Brooklyn Nets
116-108 on Friday night.
Irving added 32 points and Love
had 17 points and 13 rebounds, but
both shot poorly early as the Nets
kept it competitive for 1 1/2 quarters.
James helped the Cavs open a dou-
ble-digit lead by halftime and they
led comfortably most of the rest of
the way in the opener of a six-game
The Cavs were still working to fi-
nalize a trade with Atlanta to acquire
shooting guard Kyle Korver.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said
before the game he didn’t have any
new information about when that
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points
for the Nets, who have lost five
straight and 10 of 11.
Love missed a loss to Chicago on
Wednesday and was limited in the
previous game after suffering from
food poisoning on New Year’s Day.
Irving had sat out the last three
games with right hamstring tight-
WARRIORS 119, OT
Conley scored 27 points and
Memphis rallied all the way back
from 24 down, stunning Golden
State in overtime for its second
victory over the Warriors this
Golden State squandered Stephen
Curry’s 40 points with an awful
fourth quarter and watched Conley
knock down a key jumper with 55
seconds left in OT.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph
each made two quick baskets as the
Grizzlies hit their initial five shots in
the extra period and snapped Gold-
en State’s nine-game home winning
Conley tied it on a 17-footer with
7.4 seconds left in regulation, and a
heavily guarded Curry missed from
way back before the buzzer.
Kevin Durant had 27 points and 13
rebounds but missed five free throws
in the Warriors’ sixth defeat of the
season. The Grizzlies handed Golden
State a 110-89 loss on Dec. 10.
CLIPPERS 106, KINGS 98
Austin Rivers scored 24 points
and Los Angeles won its third
straight game by defeating Sac-
Rivers made four 3-pointers and
the Clippers hit 13 overall in beat-
ing the Kings for the ninth straight
time in Sacramento. Los Angeles hit
five 3s in the fourth quarter, when it
outscored the Kings 31-25.
JJ Redick drained five 3s and scored
20 points for the Clippers. DeAndre
Jordan had 20 points and nine re-
bounds, and Chris Paul added 14
points and 12 assists.
Paul made six free throws in the
final minute to secure the victory.
He missed the previous four games
and seven of the past eight with a left
The Clippers won for the third time
in nine games.
DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points,
11 rebounds and seven assists for
the Kings. Sacramento has lost two
straight and four of five since a sea-
son-high four-game winning streak.
LAKERS 127, HEAT 100
LOS ANGELES—Lou Williams
scored 24 points and Luol Deng
added 19 points and 14 rebounds
as Los Angeles topped Miami
for only its fourth victory in 20
Goran Dragic scored 16 points for
Miami before getting ejected along
with Los Angeles’ Jordan Clarkson
after a third-quarter scuffle in which
both players appeared to be narrowly
stopped from throwing punches.
With the Heat’s leading scorer in
the locker room, the Lakers seized
control in the fourth quarter of just
their second win in 10 meetings with
Miami. Williams led a decisive 19-4
run while scoring 16 points in the fi-
Willie Reed had 22 points and 12
rebounds for the Heat, who have lost
seven of eight overall and nine of 10
on the road.
D’Angelo Russell scored 19 points,
rookie Brandon Ingram had a ca-
reer-high 17 and Julius Randle add-
ed 15 for the Lakers, who had their
highest-scoring performance of the
ROCKETS 100, MAGIC 93
ORLANDO, FLORIDA— Ryan
Anderson had 19 points, all in
the second half, and Eric Gordon
scored 17 off the bench as Hou-
ston extended its winning streak
to seven games with a victory
Anderson led five Rockets players
in double figures.
He hit five 3-pointers on a night
when Houston attempted 49 of them
and made 15.
Patrick Beverley also scored 17
points, while leading scorer James
Harden had an off shooting night
and finished with 14.
D.J. Augustin led five Magic play-
ers in double figures with 19 points.
Aaron Gordon added 18, while Serge
Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
CELTICS 110, 76ERS 106
BOSTON—Avery Bradley had
26 points and nine rebounds,
and Boston rallied in the fourth
quarter to beat Philadelphia.
Isaiah Thomas added 24 points,
and Al Horford scored 14 of his 19
in the final period. The Celtics have
won nine of their last 11 and four
straight at home.
Boston was trailing by two when
Horford got wide open in the corner
and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with
17.2 seconds left.
Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23
points, eight rebounds and six as-
sists. Ersan Ilyasova scored 20.
Philadelphia led by 14 in the first
half before the Celtics took the lead
early in the fourth quarter.
KNICKS 116, BUCKS 111
ny had 26 points and 10 assists,
including a clutch 3-pointer
late in the fourth quarter, and
New York stormed back from 18
down to beat Milwaukee and stop
its six-game losing streak.
Kristaps Porzingis returned after
a three-game absence due to a sore
left Achilles tendon and added 24
points for the Knicks, who trailed
by 13 heading into the fourth.
With less than a minute remaining,
Anthony drained a 3 to put New York
in front 112-111.
On the ensuing possession, Lance
Thomas stripped Giannis Antetok-
ounmpo, leading to a fast-break dunk
by Courtney Lee.
New York rebounded from a
last-second loss to the Bucks on
Wednesday when Antetokounmpo
hit a step-back jumper at the horn
that gave Milwaukee a 105-104 win
at Madison Square Garden.
This time, Antetokounmpo and
Jabari Parker had 25 points apiece
for Milwaukee. Greg Monroe chipped
in with 19.
The Knicks used a 12-0 run to cut
the Bucks’ lead to one early in the
WASHINGTON—John Wall had a
season-high 18 assists and scored
18 points to help Washington beat
Minnesota for its ninth straight
victory at home.
Andrew Wiggins had 41 points
on 16-of-30 shooting for the Tim-
berwolves after scoring eight points
Tuesday night in a loss to Philadel-
Bradley Beal had 22 points for
Washington, and Marcin Gortat hit
all nine of his field goal attempts and
scored 19 points. The Wizards have
won 10 of 15 overall.
Karl-Anthony Towns added 18
points and 10 rebounds for Minne-
sota, which has dropped six of eight.
Gorgui Dieng added 15 points and
11 rebounds, and Zach Lavine had
eight points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (2) drives past Brooklyn Nets’ Trevor Booker (35) as teammate Tristan Thompson,
left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, in New York. AP PHOTO
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