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NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
Recap of Friday's games
Hornets blow out Magic 109-88 for 3rd straight victory
The AP reports: Kemba Walker didn't mind a bit kicking back and watching the Charlotte reserves play the entire fourth quarter of a blowout win over the Orlando Magic.
Especially with an important road game at Cleveland coming up on Saturday night... Nic Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each had 16 points, and the Hornets routed the Magic 109-88 on Friday night for their third straight victory. Walker had 15 points in 25 minutes, and the Southeast Division leaders held the Magic to 37 percent shooting while outrebounding them 59-40.
Charlotte's starters didn't even play in the fourth after the Hornets opened a 21-point lead with a late third-quarter surge.
Lowry scores 34 points, Raptors rally to beat Celtics 101-94
The AP reports: Not too many teams have been able to outshoot the Raptors this season. The Celtics were the latest to try and fail.
Kyle Lowry scored 21 of his season-high 34 points in the second half to help Toronto hold on for a 101-94 victory over Boston on Friday night.
Toronto erased an eight-point halftime deficit and led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter. The Celtics pulled within four in the final minute, but Al Horford fouled Lowry on a 3-point attempt with 30 seconds to play. Lowry made all three free throws to help close out the victory.
DeMar DeRozan added 24 points, and Norman Powell had 20. The Raptors have won eight of their last nine.
James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat 114-84
The AP reports: Another game, another milestone for LeBron James.
The four-time MVP scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.
James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The Cavs star was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd... James moved past Hakeem Olajuwon earlier and could pass Moses Malone (27,409) for eighth place in the next few games.
Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks 114-110
The AP reports: After scoring only 44 points in the first half, the Atlanta Hawks broke loose for 40 in the third quarter to turn the tide.
Sparked by Dennis Schroder, who finished with a career-high 33 points, the Hawks rallied to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night... Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak on Wednesday with a win over Miami. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.
Pistons thump Timberwolves, 117-90
The AP reports: Andre Drummond flexed his muscles, bowed his back and enforced his will on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
And the free-falling pups showed they wanted nothing to do with Detroit's monster in the middle, raising alarm bells all over Minnesota.
Drummond had 22 points and 22 rebounds for his second straight 20-20 game and the Pistons cruised to a 117-90 victory over the Timberwolves on Friday night.
Rockets overcome Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double
The AP reports: Patrick Beverley savored getting the best of his rival, Russell Westbrook.
Despite a seventh straight triple-double for Westbrook, Beverley and the Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.
Beverley's history with Westbrook goes back to the 2013 playoffs, when Beverley went after the ball while Westbrook called a timeout. Beverley crashed into Westbrook's knee, and the star guard missed the rest of the postseason with a knee injury... Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but Beverley helped harass him into shooting just 8 for 25.
Matthews gets 26, Barnes 25 to lead Mavs past Pacers 111-103
The AP reports: A night after a 31-point home loss that embarrassed Wesley Matthews and his teammates, they all showed up at a charity event hosted by the Dallas shooting guard.
Coach Rick Carlisle called it a team-building moment for the unit with the worst record in the Western Conference. Matthews couldn't really disagree.
"I'll have an event every night if that's what we're going to do," Matthews said after matching a season high with 26 points as the injury-plagued Mavericks answered their lowest point in a difficult season with a 111-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
A listless second half in a 120-89 loss to Sacramento prompted a team meeting. Two nights later, the Mavericks started the third quarter with a 10-2 run for their first double-digit lead in just their third win in 15 games. Harrison Barnes scored 25 points.
Eric Bledsoe scores 30, Suns hold off Lakers 119-115
The AP reports: Not even Lou Williams' latest party-crashing performance could ruin Eric Bledsoe's birthday festivities with the Phoenix Suns.
Bledsoe had 30 points and nine assists on his 27th birthday, Leandro Barbosa added 21 points and the Suns snapped their three-game losing streak with a 119-115 victory over the slumping Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Devin Booker had 15 points before fouling out for the Suns, who hit a season-high 13 3-pointers and withstood a late rally by the short-handed Lakers. Phoenix blew nearly all of its 18-point lead in the second half, but hung on for just its seventh victory of the season after losing five of its previous six.
Anthony scores 33 to help Knicks hold off Kings 103-100
The AP reports: For a team that's been on the wrong end of lopsided losses too often this season, the New York Knicks have become pretty good at pulling out the close ones.
It's not exactly the plan new coach Jeff Hornacek laid out at the start, but it's one he's willing to live with for now.
Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points, including two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining, and New York held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 103-100 Friday night.
"It just builds confidence and trust," said Brandon Jennings, who scored 13 points in place of injured Derrick Rose.