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NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 30
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
Bucks end 17-game skid in Orlando, beat Magic 115-100
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the first time in more than a decade, the Milwaukee Bucks could celebrate after a game in Orlando.
Jerryd Bayless scored 19 points, Jared Dudley and Khris Middleton had 17 apiece and the Bucks ended a 17-game losing streak in Orlando with a 115-100 victory on Thursday night.
The Bucks never trailed and placed seven players in double figures, including all five starters. Brandon Knight had 16 points and eight assists, and O.J. Mayo scored 13 points in Milwaukee's first road victory in the series since Dec. 29, 2004.
Milwaukee had 29 assists on 45 field goals and shot 51.7 percent for the game, including 12 of 25 from behind the 3-point line.
Pacers shrug off slow start, pull away from Knicks 103-82
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers rediscovered their winning formula.
Hibbert scored eight of his 18 points during a game-changing run at the start of the second half, and Indiana's struggling offense got back in sync with a 103-82 rout over the New York Knicks on Thursday night... Hibbert finished 9 of 11 from the field with 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey led Indiana with 22 points, and David West had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Pacers also had a 50-26 scoring edge in the paint -- numbers that resembled the ones they posted during two consecutive postseason runs to the Eastern Conference finals... Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points after scoring 12 in the first nine minutes. Only two of his teammates reached double figures: Lou Amundson with 17 and Tim Hardaway Jr. with 11.
Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies' rout of Nuggets with double-double
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies are winning by bigger margins lately because they have returned to locking down on defense.
"I just think we've got our rhythm back, and we're going back to our true identity, which is on the defensive end," guard Courtney Lee said after Memphis' 99-69 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night... Zach Randolph, one of those bigs, had 15 points and 17 rebounds. Jeff Green finished with 13 points as Memphis built an early lead and won its fifth straight, holding the Nuggets to 11 points in the first quarter and never getting threatened the rest of the way.
Lee, Nick Calathes and Beno Udrih, starting in place of the injured Mike Conley, scored 11 apiece, while Marc Gasol had 10 points.
Lakers avoid matching record skid by outlasting Bulls in 2OT
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- When the Los Angeles Lakers blew a nine-point lead in 70 seconds late in regulation, they certainly seemed to be careening straight toward another loss in overtime.
That's when the young, patchwork Lakers discovered a poise they've never had before -- just in time to avoid a historic defeat.
Jordan Hill scored 26 points and forced the second overtime with a clutch jumper, and the Lakers snapped their nine-game losing streak in thrilling fashion with a 123-118 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and rookie Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who held off the Bulls for their first victory since Jan. 9. With big late baskets from everybody in their unassuming lineup, the Lakers avoided matching the 1994 squad coached by Magic Johnson for the longest skid in the 16-time champion franchise's history.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 29
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Kyrie Irving scores 55, leads Cavs minus LeBron to 8th win in row
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving put on a spectacular show, and LeBron James watched it from a front-row seat.
Irving scored a career-high 55 points, breaking the arena record as James sat out with an injury to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their eighth straight win, 99-94 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night... Irving, who scored 38 on Tuesday in a win at Detroit, made a team-record 11 3-pointers and finished 10-of-10 from the free throw line. He scored 24 of Cleveland's final 28 points and 16 of the Cavs' 20 in the fourth quarter. But it was his long jumper with 6.4 seconds left that shook Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving buried a 3-pointer to break a 94-all tie, then grabbed a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Portland's Damian Lillard. And as many in the crowd chanted "M-V-P" and James danced near the bench, Irving dropped two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.
76ers snap 6-game skid, beat Pistons 89-69
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Carter-Williams got winded sooner than he usually does and had difficulty breathing well throughout the game.
It didn't seem to matter.
Carter-Williams had 14 points and 10 assists, Robert Covington scored 19 points and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 89-69 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night... JaKarr Sampson had a career-high 13 points and Luc Mbah a Moute added 12 for the Sixers (9-37), who had six players score in double figures.
Greg Monroe led the Pistons (17-30) with 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks scored 19 on 4-for-16 shooting off the bench. Detroit shot just 2 of 20 from 3-point range in a matchup of slumping squads missing their top scorers.
Lou Williams scores 27, Raptors hit 17 3-pointers to top Kings
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The Sacramento Kings made it out of New York this week before getting buried by a snowstorm.
But after arriving north of the border, the Toronto Raptors buried them instead.
Lou Williams scored 27 points and the Raptors made a season-high 17 3-pointers in a 119-102 victory over the slumping Kings on Wednesday night.
Toronto turned the game in its favor with a 29-10 spurt to end the third quarter after Kings center DeMarcus Cousins went to the bench with four fouls... Rudy Gay scored 22 points, Ben McLemore had 17 and Cousins 13 for the Kings, whose season-long losing streak reached seven games.
Paul Millsap leads Hawks to franchise-best 17th straight win
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap played like one of the league's best players.
Now, he'll wait to see if he's picked for his second straight All-Star game.
Millsap had 28 points and 15 rebounds, five other Atlanta players scored in double figures, and the Hawks stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 17 games in a row with a 113-102 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.
"Paul was aggressive," said teammate Al Horford, who also had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds... Joe Johnson led the Nets with 26 points. It wasn't enough to prevent Brooklyn's 11th loss in 13 games... Brook Lopez scored 18 for Brooklyn off the bench, and Jarrett Jack chipped in with 14 points and 13 assists.
Josh Smith , James Harden lead Rockets over Mavericks
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- With Dwight Howard out Wednesday night against the Dallas Mavericks with an ankle injury, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up.
What they got was a bevy of players chipping in to pick up the slack.
Josh Smith scored 18 points and James Harden added 17 as the Rockets used a balanced scoring effort to outlast the Mavericks for a 99-94 victory... Along with Smith and Harden, Houston got 16 points from Donatas Motiejunas, Corey Brewer had 14, Trevor Ariza added 13 and Terrence Jones scored 10... Ellis led the Mavericks with 33 points.
Kevin Martin's return sparks Timberwolves over Celtics, 110-98
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Martin had not played in more than two months, a fractured wrist forcing him to watch from the bench as his Minnesota Timberwolves plummet to the bottom of the standings.
In his first chance to get back in the lineup, he didn't waste any time showing the Wolves what they were missing.
Martin scored 21 points in his return from a 34-game absence and Gorgui Dieng added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 110-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night... Zach LaVine added 17 points and six assists and Martin scored nine straight points during a crucial stretch of the fourth quarter to help the Timberwolves (8-37) snap a 10-game losing streak at Target Center. The Wolves had not won at home since beating Portland on Dec. 10.
Jared Sullinger had 16 points and eight rebounds and Marcus Thornton scored 15 for the Celtics, whose promising road trip ended with a thud.
Denver snaps 7-game skid with 93-85 win over Pelicans
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Arron Afflalo and Ty Lawson weren't going to let the Denver Nuggets fall apart again -- not even after they had blown a 16-point lead on the road.
The New Orleans Pelicans, meanwhile, lost for the first time in five games, and can only hope they won't lose All-Star Anthony Davis for an extended period after he was hobbled by what team officials said was a left groin injury.
Afflalo scored 20 points, Lawson handed out 13 assists and the Denver Nuggets snapped a seven-game losing streak, 93-85 over New Orleans on Wednesday night... Davis had 24 points and 12 rebounds, but briefly left the game late in the third quarter after a collision with Faried under the basket. Davis returned to cheers with 8:44 left, but the Pelicans never regained the lead.
Knicks withstand Russell Westbrook's 40 to beat Durant-less OKC
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas are winning over fans and helping the Knicks win games.
Maybe this is the start of Lansanity.
Carmelo Anthony had 31 points and 10 rebounds, Thomas scored a season-high 17 points against his former team and New York beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-92 on Wednesday night.
Russell Westbrook scored 40 points on 13-of-30 shooting for the Thunder, who were without Kevin Durant for a second straight game because of a sprained big toe on his left foot... Galloway added 18 points and his fearless shotmaking had Anthony recalling Jeremy Lin, another unheralded player who made a big impact during the brief run of Linsanity in 2012.
Tony Parker scores 17 to lift Spurs past Hornets 95-86
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich did not want anyone to acknowledge it was his 66th birthday, let alone celebrate it.
Still, the Spurs serenaded Popovich after presenting the often cranky coach with their sixth straight win at home, moving him three games closer to 1,000 career victories.
Tony Parker scored 17 points and San Antonio overcame another lethargic third quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-86 Wednesday night... Danny Green had 16 points and Tim Duncan added 12 points and 14 rebounds as San Antonio won its ninth straight over Charlotte.
Gerald Henderson scored 18 points, Al Jefferson had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 14 points for Charlotte. The Hornets were without star guard Kemba Walker, who will be out at least six weeks following surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Jamal Crawford helps Clips make it 13 straight against Jazz
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz stood toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Clippers for 43 minutes Wednesday night despite having lost 12 straight to the team formally known as Lob City.
The final five minutes of the fourth quarter extended that streak to 13.
Jamal Crawford scored 21 points and the Clippers used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Jazz on the road 94-89. The 13 consecutive wins against Utah is a franchise-record against a single ballclub... The Jazz led 83-81 late in the fourth quarter, but the Clippers went on a 9-2 run highlighted by Blake Griffin's tip-in and a 17-foot jumper from Paul to pull away. Griffin finished with 17 points.
Goran Dragic has 20, Suns hold off worn-out Washington 106-98
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- When the Phoenix Suns' big lead was fading away fast in the fourth quarter, P.J. Tucker put a stop to the collapse.
The Suns' forward, not usually a big part of the high-scoring team's offense, scored 10 of his 12 points and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds in the fourth quarter to help Phoenix hold on for a 106-98 victory over the worn-out Washington Wizards on Wednesday night... Goran Dragic scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures... Isaiah Thomas had 18 and Morris 16 for the Suns.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
Raptors overcome slow start, claim 30th prebreak win for first time
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- Toronto's dynamic backcourt delivered a one-two knockout punch Tuesday night. Again.
This time with All-Star starter Kyle Lowry spreading the floor and DeMar DeRozan finding his way to the basket, their teammates exploited other openings in Indiana's defense. It was simply too much for the struggling Pacers.
DeRozan finished with 24 points, Lowry had 19 and three of their teammates also scored in double figures, as the Raptors pulled away 104-91... The Pacers thought they were as close as 58-55 midway through the third. But a replay review wiped out David West's putback at the shot-clock buzzer and Lowry answered with the two 3s to spur the 15-4 run that put Indiana in a 73-57 hole.
Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points to lead the Pacers, and Solomon Hill added 15.
Irving, James boost Cavs past Pistons for 7th win in row
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- LeBron James came leaping in to try to stop Jodie Meeks as the Detroit guard drove to the basket during the final seconds of the third quarter.
After colliding with Meeks, James put his hands out to break his fall before sliding across the floor on his stomach... James barely missed any game time after that anxious moment, and he finished with 32 points to help the Cleveland Cavaliers to their seventh straight victory Tuesday night, 103-95 over the Pistons. Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 38 points... Greg Monroe had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who pulled within eight and had the ball late in the fourth quarter, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was unable to connect from 3-point range. James drew a foul at the other end and made both free throws to make it 88-78 with 2:56 to play.
Balanced Bucks beat Heat for 3rd time this season, 109-102
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Jason Kidd's wins against Miami keep piling up.
So do the Heat injuries, with Dwyane Wade now hurting again.
Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks put seven players in double figures on the way to beating the Heat 109-102 on Tuesday night.
Khris Middleton also scored 17 for the Bucks, who got 15 from Jerryd Bayless, 14 from O.J. Mayo, 13 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12 from John Henson and 11 from Chris Dudley. And Kidd moved to 7-0 in regular-season games as a coach against Miami... Chris Bosh had 26 points for Miami, Mario Chalmers added 21 points and eight assists and Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Miami became the first Milwaukee opponent in 18 games to shoot better than 50 percent, and it still didn't matter.
Zach Randolph, Grizzlies send Mavs to third loss in a row
The AP reports: DALLAS -- Who needs timeouts when you have Z-Bo.
Zach Randolph scored 22 points, including several high-arcing jumpers over defensive stalwart Tyson Chandler in the second half to answer Dallas scoring spurts, and Memphis handed the Mavericks their first three-game losing streak of the season with a 109-90 win Tuesday night... Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis scored 19 apiece to lead the Mavericks, who failed for the third time to get coach Rick Carlisle his 600th career victory in the first of four games in five nights -- the first three against playoff contenders... Marc Gasol added 15 points and a game-high six assists for the Grizzlies, while Nick Calathes had season highs with 13 points and 27 minutes with guard Mike Conley sidelined a night after spraining his left wrist in a win over Orlando.
Derrick Rose's OT shot lifts Bulls by Warriors; home streak ends at 19
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- One after another, teams trotted into rowdy Oracle Arena the past two months confident they could cool off the NBA's hottest team on their home floor.
It took 113 points, 53 minutes and one big shot from a former MVP to finally make it happen.
Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State's franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night... Rose, looking as healthy as ever, dribbled to his left and created space to get off the 20-footer over Klay Thompson, skipping around the court after the Warriors called timeout. Rose finished with 30 points, and his final basket overshadowed a night when he committed a career-high 11 turnovers and made just 13 of 33 shots... Gasol had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Joakim Noah had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Bulls pounded the Warriors down low. They outrebounded Golden State 61 to 48.
John Wall, Wizards rally to send Lakers to ninth straight loss
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- For one entertaining half, Wayne Ellington and Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson outscored and outplayed Washington's star backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
The Wizards gathered themselves at halftime and comfortably avoided an embarrassing upset.
Wall had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, and Washington rallied from a 19-point deficit to send Los Angeles to its ninth straight loss, 98-92 on Tuesday night.
Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who won their fifth straight over the Lakers with a tenacious fourth quarter after falling far behind in the first half of their third stop on a four-game West Coast trip. Washington's locker room was an unhappy place at half, and the Wizards' guards took it personally.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 27
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
Double-doubles by Randolph, Gasol lead Grizzlies over Magic
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies closed out their longest homestand of the season by dominating another struggling visitor from the Eastern Conference.
Zach Randolph had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 16 points and 10 boards, and Memphis beat the Orlando Magic 103-94 on Monday night. The victory, the Grizzlies' third straight, gave them a 4-1 record during the homestand... Beno Udrih added 15 points and Jeff Green finished with 12 for Memphis. Randolph also had six assists, leading to hopes of a triple-double that faded with limited minutes in the fourth... Orlando, which dropped its sixth in a row, got 18 points and 12 rebounds from Nikola Vucevic. Victor Oladipo also had 18 points and Elfrid Payton had 12 points and six assists, but shot 5 of 14 from the field. Dewayne Dedmon had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Davis' dunks aplenty lead Pelicans past 76ers, 99-74
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis stood at the top of the key, pumping his fist and letting out a roar.
His adrenaline-infused reaction was inspired not by one of his five thunderous dunks against the Philadelphia 76ers, but the way Omer Asik converted Davis' crisp pass under the basket into a layup as he was fouled... Davis had 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and New Orleans stretched its season-long winning streak to four games with a 99-74 victory over the Sixers on Monday night.
Ryan Anderson scored 19 points and Eric Gordon added 13 for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans tied a season high in assists -- set one night earlier -- with 12... K.J. McDaniels scored 16 points for the 76ers, who lost their sixth straight.
Thunder down Timberwolves behind Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Without Kevin Durant, the Thunder seamlessly shifted to their alter ego.
Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and Oklahoma City gutted out a 92-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.
Durant sat out after spraining the big toe on his left foot Sunday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The normally explosive Thunder adjusted and fell back on the the grind-it-out, defense-first approach that kept them competitive while Durant was out for the first 17 games of the season with a broken bone in his right foot. The Thunder won, despite shooting just 42 percent from the field... Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, Thaddeus Young had 22 and Gorgui Dieng had a season-high 18 rebounds for the league-worst Timberwolves, who shot a season-low 34.1 percent from the field.
Tayshaun Prince helps Celtics edge Jazz 99-90
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- For one night at least, Tayshaun Prince brought back memories of his successful run with Detroit at the start of his career.
Prince scored 19 points, and the Boston Celtics held off the Utah Jazz for a 99-90 victory on Monday... Tyler Zeller had 14 points and seven rebounds for Boston, which grabbed control with a big second quarter. Jared Sullinger had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Avery Bradley also scored 12... Gordon Hayward had 26 points for Utah, and Enes Kanter finished with 20. Reserve Trey Burke added 18 points, and Derrick Favors finished with 13 points with eight rebounds.
Clippers ride Jamal Crawford's shooting to comeback win over Nuggets
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Jamal Crawford never stews over statistics. As a prolific scorer, he knows he's usually one shot away from triggering an offensive outburst.
So it was easy for him to shrug off his 20-of-62 shooting in five previous games and let things fly. Crawford scored 21 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the struggling Denver Nuggets 102-98 Monday night for their fifth straight victory... Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 19 points and 11 assists. Arron Afflalo scored 18, Wilson Chandler had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Jusuf Nurkic grabbed 10 rebounds in Denver's seventh straight loss.
Matt Barnes added 18 points for Los Angeles, and Blake Griffin had 14 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Chris Paul scored 15 points.
Trail Blazers at Nets was postponed
Kings at Knicks was postponed
NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, JAN. 26
Recaps of NBA games played Sunday
Heat's Hassan Whiteside has 12 blocks as part of triple-double
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Hassan Whiteside bounced around the NBA Development league and played in China and Lebanon, hoping NBA teams were keeping tabs and would give him an opportunity.
He was in Charlotte, working out at the downtown YMCA, a few months ago. He then got his chance with the Heat and he's making the most of it. Whiteside had an unconventional triple-double with a career high 12 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds to help Miami beat the sluggish Chicago Bulls 96-84 Sunday... Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, and Chris Bosh finished with 20.
Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago. Mario Chalmers had 15 points, and the Heat squashed whatever momentum the Bulls appeared to be building after beating San Antonio and Dallas.
LeBron James scores 34, leads Cavs to 6th straight win
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The sold-out arena buzzed with 20,000 fans decked out in matching gold T-shirts. There was a national TV audience, two high-profile teams and All-Stars all over the floor.
It felt like the playoffs in January. LeBron James played as if it was June.
James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win... Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 21 and J.R. Smith had 14 as the Cavs concluded a 4-0 homestand. Reserve Tristan Thompson grabbed 16 rebounds.
Kevin Durant scored 32 with nine assists and Russell Westbrook had 22 points for the Thunder, who went 3-2 on their longest road trip this season. Dion Waiters, acquired from Cleveland in a three-way trade earlier this month, added 14, but the Thunder shot only 39 percent and couldn't get big shots to go down.
Blake Griffin, Chris Paul combine for 46 in Clips' blowout of Suns
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are known for their offense. But it was a stifling defense late Sunday night that made the difference against the Phoenix Suns.
Blake Griffin and Paul scored 23 points each and the Clippers used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat the Suns 120-100 for their fourth straight win.
Los Angeles held Phoenix to one field goal over the final 7:58... J.J. Redick scored 20 and DeAndre Jordan added 18 for the Clippers, who are 3-0 against the Suns this season. Los Angeles has won nine of its past 11 against Phoenix... Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points and Eric Bledsoe added 17 for the Suns, who have lost two straight after winning seven in a row at home.
Anthony Davis lifts Pelicans over Mavs 109-106
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- As Anthony Davis soaked in the crescendo of cheers punctuating an intense but triumphant struggle with Dallas, the Pelicans' All-Star noticed a fan standing before him with his arms invitingly extended to each side.
So Davis gave the friendly stranger a hug... Davis capped a 28-point, 10-rebound outing with go-ahead free throws in the final seconds and a pivotal steal, and New Orleans won its third straight game, 109-106 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night... Tyreke Evans had 24 points, including a running hook in the final half-minute, to go with a season-high 12 assists for New Orleans. Ryan Anderson added 18 points.
Monta Ellis scored 36 points, giving Dallas a 106-105 lead with a running scoop over Quincy Pondexter and Omer Asik with 12.3 seconds left, but Davis drew a foul from Tyson Chandler while receiving Evans' inbound pass and hit the go-ahead free throws.
Paul Millsap, Al Horford lead Hawks to 16th straight win
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Al Horford isn't missing many shots these days for the Atlanta Hawks.
Not that it would matter much if he did. The Hawks just keep winning... Paul Millsap scored 20 points and Horford added 19 to help Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta to a 112-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, extending the Hawks' franchise record with their 16th straight win.
Jeff Teague finished with 15 points and seven of Atlanta's 30 assists as the Hawks won for the 30th time in 32 games.
Thaddeus Young had 26 points and Mo Williams added 20 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference, have lost four straight and 20 of 22.
Big 4th quarter helps Pacers end skid, down Magic 106-99
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- Close games have usually turned into losses for the Indiana Pacers over the past few weeks.
This time, they put an end to their second-longest losing streak of the season.
David West had 20 points, reserve Damjan Rudez added a career-high 18, and the Pacers snapped a seven-game skid with a 106-99 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night... George Hill had 17 points and six rebounds for Indiana in just his second game back from a left groin strain... Nik Vucevic led four Magic players in double figures with 27 points. Victor Oladipo scored 18.
Spurs rally in 2nd half to top Bucks 101-95
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Milwaukee is developing a dynamic defense, but the San Antonio Spurs demonstrated how far the young Bucks still have to go.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and 14 rebounds and San Antonio rallied in the second half for a 101-95 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday night.
Boris Diaw added 14 points, helping the Spurs win their fifth straight against the Bucks.
Khris Middleton had 21 points and Jerryd Bayless had 15 points for the Bucks, who lost after defeating Detroit on Saturday.
DeRozan scores 25 to lead Raptors past Pistons 114-110
The AP reports: TORONTO -- With star guard Brandon Jennings lost to a season-ending injury, Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy hoped his team would respond by playing at "a higher level."
They didn't manage it against the Toronto Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and the Raptors held on down the stretch to beat the short-handed Pistons 114-110 on Sunday night... Amir Johnson scored 17, Greivis Vasquez had 13 and Lou Williams 12 as the Raptors won for the third time in four games and snapped a two-game losing streak at home... Starting in place of Jennings, Detroit point guard D.J. Augustin scored a career-high 35 points. Greg Monroe had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who suffered their third straight road defeat.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson lead Warriors to 19th straight home win
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins.
Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven't lost in more than two months.
Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and Golden State beat the Boston Celtics 114-111 on Sunday night... Andrew Bogut added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Draymond Green had 14 points to help the Warriors to stay unbeaten in 14 games against the Eastern Conference this season. Golden State also improved its NBA-best record to 36-6.
Wall leads Wizards over Nuggets in OT, 117-115
The AP reports: DENVER -- Ty Lawson picked apart the Washington Wizards most of the night. With the game on the line, the Denver guard came up short.
Lawson scored 31 point and dished out 12 assists in his return to the Nuggets lineup but missed a tying jumper in the waning seconds of overtime in a 117-115 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
"I think he thought the time was running out and he shot a fadeaway," Washington's John Wall said... Wall scored six of his 19 points in overtime and had 16 assists and Kris Humphries had a season-high 21 points and 14 rebounds to help Washington stop a two-game skid... Wilson Chandler, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, hit a 3-pointer to cut it to two. Lawson stole Paul Pierce's inbound pass but missed a short jumper with 1.1 seconds left.
James Harden gets 37, Rockets rout spiraling Lakers 99-87
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- After James Harden lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for the first three quarters, he returned in the final minutes to keep the Houston Rockets focused on their finish.
Kobe Bryant used to do that job for the Lakers, and they might find out Monday whether he'll do it again this year.
Harden had 37 points and eight rebounds, and the Rockets rolled to a 99-87 victory without Dwight Howard on Sunday night, sending Los Angeles to its eighth straight defeat... Josh Smith and Jason Terry had 11 points apiece as Houston cruised to its fourth straight road victory over the Lakers even without Howard, who sat out after injuring his right ankle two days ago... Carlos Boozer scored 18 points for the Lakers, who are on their longest losing streak in nearly 10 years.
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 25
Recaps of NBA games played Saturday
Hornets beat Melo-less Knicks 76-71 for 9th win in 11 games
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brian Roberts believes the Charlotte Hornets are in good hands if Kemba Walker is out for any length of time.
The third-year point guard filled in for Walker and scored 17 points, and the Hornets beat the New York Knicks 76-71 Saturday night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games.
Roberts was 5 of 9 from the field and made all six free throws as the Hornets snapped the Knicks' three-game win streak... [The Knicks] played without Carmelo Anthony, who was held out to rest his knee on the second night of a back-to-back.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led New York with 25 points and Lance Thomas had 16 points and eight rebounds. But the Knicks were 5 of 15 from the field in the fourth quarter.
O.J. Mayo scores 20, hot-shooting Bucks beat Pistons 101-86
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- The Bucks made their coach proud with the way they moved the ball against the Detroit Pistons.
With a season-high 33 assists on 41 baskets, former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd loved the way that Milwaukee got open looks in a 101-86 victory on Saturday night... O.J. Mayo scored 20 points and Khris Middleton had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a rare easy victory.
The Bucks went 11 for 17 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 performance from Mayo. The reserve guard made three 3s in a 47-second span of the second quarter to spark an 18-2 run that gave Milwaukee a 54-40 lead with 4:27 left in the second quarter... The Pistons will be without guard Brandon Jennings when they take on the Raptors in Toronto on Sunday night.
Randolph's double-double leads Grizzlies past Sixers 101-83
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The experience of the Memphis Grizzlies was just too much for the young Philadelphia 76ers.
Zach Randolph had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Jeff Green scored 18 as the Grizzlies coasted to a 101-83 win on Saturday night.
"They have a bunch of veterans who know how to play the game," said Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams, who had 10 points. "They're a tough team, and we're a young team."
Vince Carter added 13 points as the Grizzlies (31-12) won their sixth in the last seven games.
Hayward has 24 as Jazz roll over reeling Nets 108-73
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- Trey Burke started on the bench again but was hard to miss once he got in the game.
He turned his frustration into aggressiveness and scored 15 points in the second quarter, as the Utah Jazz rolled to a 108-73 win over the reeling Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night... Gordon Hayward scored 24 points and Joe Ingles had a season-high 16 points as the Jazz won consecutive games for the first time this month.
Dante Exum had 13 in his second straight start in front of Burke, who made a big difference for Utah, which outscored Brooklyn 33-16 in the second period... Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Mason Plumlee added 11 for the Nets, who have dropped three of four.
LaMarcus Aldridge puts off surgery, nets 26 in Trail Blazers' win
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Each time that LaMarcus Aldridge went to the free throw line late in the game against the Washington Wizards, the Trail Blazers' forward was showered with a chant of "MVP, MVP," from the hometown fans.
Just two days before, Aldridge had announced he was going to have surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and would miss the next six to eight weeks.
But in a dramatic turn, he announced Saturday that he'd play through the pain. And hours later, he had 26 points and nine rebounds in the Blazers' 103-96 victory over the Wizards... Damian Lillard added 20 points and seven assists as the Blazers snapped two-game losing streak... John Wall, this week was named an Eastern Conference starter for the All-Star game, led the Wizards with 25 points and nine assists.
NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, JAN. 24
Recaps of NBA games played Friday
Lowry leads Raptors past 76ers 91-86
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Lowry lifted the Toronto Raptors from what appeared would be a loss -- and coach Dwane Casey still wasn't happy.
Lowry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to a 91-86 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night... Patrick Patterson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.
Lowry, selected Thursday as a starter for the All-Star game, entered the final period with four points on 2-for-9 shooting before heating up late when the Raptors desperately needed him.
Robert Covington scored 18 points to lead six 76ers in double-figures. It was the fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games for Philadelphia, which dropped to 3-18 at home.
East-leading Hawks beat OKC, win for 29th time in last 31 games
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks romped to their 15th straight victory, the longest streak in franchise history.
Don't expect them to savor it for long.
This team is focused firmly on what's in front of them. Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Hawks broke the record with a 103-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night... Russell Westbrook led the Thunder with 22 points, but it wasn't enough to extend their four-game winning streak.
Kevin Durant added 21 points, while Serge Ibaka with 13 was the only other Thunder player in double figures.
LeBron James' 25 points, J.R. Smith's 7 3s too much for Hornets
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers are back on their game.
LeBron James scored 25 points and Cleveland Cavaliers put on a dominant performance by routing the Charlotte Hornets 129-90 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
The Cavaliers have been through their share of injuries and controversy this season, which has also featured an eight-game winning streak and a 1-9 stretch that preceded the current run... The Cavaliers, with an artful display of shooting and passing, had the home crowd on its feet throughout the game. Cleveland's 75-40 lead at halftime was its biggest in franchise history and the margin reached 49 points in the fourth quarter.
J.R. Smith scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers, and Kyrie Irving added 18 in Cleveland's biggest win of the season.
Heat escape in final moments, top Pacers 89-87
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Luol Deng has been dealing with a nasty illness for a few days. Dwyane Wade missed the shootaround with another bout of bad headaches, which he's battled for years.
And the Miami Heat fell apart in the second half yet again.
Only this time, they still went home feeling healthy and happy.
Deng scored 23 points, Chris Bosh added 19 and the Heat survived another struggle at home, hanging on to top the Indiana Pacers 89-87 on Friday night.
Anthony scores 25, Knicks beat Magic 113-106
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The Knicks are suddenly streaking.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and New York won its season-high third straight game with a 113-106 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
Jason Smith added a season-best 19 points for the Knicks, who improved to 8-36. Lance Thomas had 16 points, and Langston Galloway 15; both are in the midst of their second 10-day contract... Nikola Vucevic led the way for the Magic (15-31) with 34 points and 18 rebounds. Elfrid Payton finished with 11 assists.
Rose, Butler score 20 each as Bulls top Mavericks 102-98
The AP reports: DALLAS -- After Derrick Rose missed a potential clinching shot on a hard drive through the lane in the final seconds, he sealed Chicago's victory by winning a scramble for the loose ball.
This takedown of a Western Conference playoff contender from Texas was a little tougher than the first, and another sign that the Bulls are putting a rough patch behind them.
Rose scored 20 points, Jimmy Butler had 14 of his 20 in the second half and the Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 Friday night... Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points to lead the Mavericks, who had won three straight and were trying to get coach Rick Carlisle his 600th career victory... Gasol had 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Joakim Noah added six points and seven boards in his return after missing four games with a sprained right ankle.
Davis, Pelicans grind out win over Timberwolves, 92-84
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- The New Orleans Pelicans have lost their fair share of winnable games on the road this month, a trend that cannot continue if they hope to make a run at the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference.
Newly minted All-Star starter Anthony Davis made sure they didn't let another one slip away against the league's worst team.
Davis had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Pelicans avoid what would have been another ugly road loss with a 92-84 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Eric Gordon scored 20 points and the Pelicans (22-21) shot 50 percent from the field to move over .500 for the first time since Jan. 2. New Orleans has won two in a row for the first time in more than a month.
Spurs roll past Kobe-less Lakers 99-85
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs could empathize with the Los Angeles Lakers, who could be without superstar guard Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season.
But after dealing with a string of their own injuries and coming off an "embarrassing" loss, the Spurs did not rest against their longtime rivals.
Tony Parker scored 17 points and San Antonio never trailed in rolling to 99-85 victory Friday night over a depleted Lakers team that potentially has lost Bryant to injury for the third straight season... Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and 14 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 15 points and Tim Duncan added 14 points for San Antonio, which has won nine of its last 12.
Bradley's go-ahead 3 helps Celtics beat Nuggets 100-99
The AP reports: DENVER -- Down the stretch, Avery Bradley couldn't miss.
Bradley hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and a jumper to help secure the lead in the final 1:24, and the Boston Celtics hung on to beat Denver 100-99 on Friday night, sending the Nuggets to their fifth loss in a row... Jameer Nelson, acquired from Boston in exchange for Nate Robinson in a trade Jan. 13, had 23 points in his first start for the Nuggets in place of Lawson. But with Tayshaun Prince guarding him tightly, he missed a mid-range jumper at the buzzer that would have beaten his former team.
Rockets prevail on James Harden buzzer-beater; Dwight Howard hurt
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- It was James Harden for the win, or overtime that seemed unimaginable halfway through the fourth quarter.
Harden made the 20-foot jumper as time ran out to lift the Houston Rockets to a 113-111 win over Phoenix on Friday night after the Suns came back from 16 points down to tie the score... Harden, the NBA's leading scorer entering the night at 27.2 points per game, added 10 assists and six rebounds and made 14 of 17 free throw attempts for the Rockets. Donatas Motiejunas added 15 points as Houston improved to 24-2 when leading at halftime this season.
Klay Thompson nets NBA-record 37-point quarter, finishes with 52
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- The sellout crowd chanted Klay Thompson's name. Both benches stood, equally stunned at what was taking place. Thompson's teammates continued to get him the ball -- and he just kept shooting.
"They just kept wanting to see the show," Thompson said. "That's what they kept telling me."
Thompson set a league record for the most points in a quarter Friday night, a thrilling 37-point third period that powered the Golden State Warriors to a 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings... Thompson finished with a career-high 52 points, pleasing 19,596 fans at rowdy Oracle Arena with a performance that will long be remembered in the basketball-loving Bay Area. The All-Star hopeful made all 13 shots, including a league-record nine from 3-point range in a quarter, and hit both of his free throws during a 12-minute span of pure basketball bliss.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 23
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
Derrick Rose scores 22 as struggling Bulls blow out Spurs
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose drove hard to the rim. The defense was at its stifling, suffocating best.
More than anything, the swagger was back and so were the Bulls.
Rose scored 22 points and struggling Chicago beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-81 on Thursday night.
The Bulls came away with a much-needed win after dropping six of eight and handed the defending champions their most lopsided loss of the season... Pau Gasol added 12 points and 17 rebounds after being voted to his fifth All-Star game and first as a starter.
Jimmy Butler scored 17 on just nine shots. Taj Gibson added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Aaron Brooks scored 15, and the Bulls snapped a three-game home losing streak.
Hayward scores 24, Jazz hold on for 101-99 win over Bucks
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Gordon Hayward was money while the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't buy a basket down the stretch.
Hayward scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz held on for a 101-99 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday night as the Bucks missed their last five shots in the closing minute.
"We escaped," said Hayward, who made 9 of 10 free throws in the final quarter... Enes Kantner, who had 24 points and 17 rebounds in Utah's 106-92 loss at Cleveland Wednesday, had 23 points and 16 rebounds in this one. Dante Exum, the fifth overall pick in the draft, scored a career-high 15 points on five 3-pointers in just his second start in 43 games for the Jazz.
Turner's last-second 3 gives Boston 90-89 win over Portland
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Evan Turner was confident from the moment the shot left his hands.
With just 1.9 seconds left and trailing the Portland Trail Blazers 89-87, Turner launched a shot from about 23 feet out. It fell, giving the Boston Celtics the 90-89 victory on Thursday night.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Celtics, who had four starters in double figures paced by Avery Bradley with 18 points. Jared Sullinger added 17 points and nine rebounds... Damian Lillard had 21 points and seven assists to lead Portland, which has lost five of their last six as the team struggles with injuries to their front line. Already without center Robin Lopez and forward LaMarcus Aldridge, fellow starting forward Nicolas Batum left the game with a wrist injury that has been nagging him.
Clippers ride big 1st half to 39-point blowout of Nets
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers built a double-digit lead and then turned things over to their reserves, who kept pummeling the Nets.
Blake Griffin scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half, when the Clippers led by 33, and Los Angeles went on to its largest victory ever over Brooklyn, 123-84 on Thursday night.
J.J. Redick and reserve Jamal Crawford added 17 points each, DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chris Paul had a season-high 17 assists for the Clippers, who have won nine of their past 12 and three in a row... With Kevin Garnett resting, the Nets were led by Mason Plumlee with 16 points. Darius Morris and Jerome Jordan had 11 points each, and Jordan grabbed 11 rebounds. They have lost nine of 11.
NBA DAILY FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 22
Recaps of NBA games played Wednesday
Hornets beat Heat 78-76 for 8th win in 9 games
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets were held without a field goal for the last seven minutes. And they still earned another victory.
The surging Hornets are winning with defense these days.
Kemba Walker scored 15 points, Bismack Biyombo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Charlotte edged the Miami Heat 78-76 on Wednesday night.
The Hornets (18-25) have three in a row and eight of nine overall. The key has been the defensive side, with Charlotte holding its opponent to less than 100 points for 10 straight games... Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each had 17 points for the Heat (18-24).
LeBron James scores 26 as Cavs roll by Jazz for fourth straight win
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- After Kevin Love dunked, the Cavaliers exchanged smiles, approving nods and a flurry of fist bumps and high-fives as Quicken Loans Arena rocked during a timeout.
This was the moment Cleveland desired for weeks -- the Cavs at their creative, dominating best.
It was inevitable. It was awesome.
LeBron James scored 26 points, Love added 19 and the rejuvenated Cavs won their fourth straight, 106-92 over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.
Shaking off a flu bug that forced him to miss practice Tuesday and that also slowed Kyrie Irving, James added nine assists, seven rebounds and exacted some revenge on Utah's Gordon Hayward.
Knicks dump 76ers to start win streak as Carmelo Anthony stars
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- Led by Carmelo Anthony, New York is at last on the right kind of streak.
Anthony had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks past the Philadelphia 76ers 98-91 on Wednesday night.
The worst team in the Eastern Conference is suddenly on a hot streak. New York snapped its 16-game losing streak Monday with a win against New Orleans and made it two straight with the victory against the lowly Sixers... Sixers rookie center Nerlens Noel was sent home with an illness and their 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid has not played this season.
New York (92.7) and Philadelphia (90.0) ent
Hawks claim 14th win in a row to match franchise record
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- Kyle Korver got out ahead of the break, took a pass from Al Horford and saw a clear path to the basket.
It was time to show his teammates that he really can dunk.
With Korver providing the highlight of the night with his first slam in more than two years, the Atlanta Hawks cruised past the Indiana Pacers 110-91 on Wednesday night, tying the franchise record with their 14th straight victory.
Even though it was another balanced effort, led by DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague scoring 17 points apiece, everyone wanted to chime in on Korver's above-the-rim exploits... C.J. Miles led the Pacers with 18 points. Indiana shot just 39.7 percent and lost its sixth in a row.
Jennings brilliant as Pistons turn back Magic 128-118
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- After another entertaining victory, the Detroit Pistons received a visit from grateful owner Tom Gores.
"Tom came in and talked to the team after the game, and he's very excited," coach Stan Van Gundy said...
Detroit has won 12 of 15 since that 5-23 start, and the latest victory was an exciting one. Brandon Jennings had 24 points and a career-high 21 assists, and the Pistons held off the Orlando Magic 128-118 on Wednesday night.
Andre Drummond added 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons. Detroit nearly blew a 21-point third-quarter lead, but Jennings helped the Pistons close it out in the fourth.
Marc Gasol helps Grizzlies past Raptors 92-86
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies know how to grind out a win, even on a rare night when they struggle on the glass.
Marc Gasol scored 26 points, Zach Randolph had 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Grizzlies beat the Toronto Raptors 92-86 on Wednesday.
"It wasn't the prettiest game," said Memphis guard Mike Conley, who finished with 12 points... Gasol was 9 for 16 from the field, and also had seven rebounds and five assists. Randolph was 8 of 14.
Jeff Green made his first start for Memphis since he was acquired from Boston in a three-team trade on Jan. 12. He had six points on 2-of-6 shooting in 26 minutes.
Parsons, Mavericks roll over Timberwolves, 98-75
The AP reports: MINNEAPOLIS -- Dallas led lowly Minnesota by 23 points midway through the fourth quarter, and there was 33-year-old center Tyson Chandler, diving to the floor like it was Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
He tipped it toward youngster Dwight Powell, but when he couldn't come up with it in a scrum, Chandler barked at him to never let up. Against Minnesota or Memphis, in January or June, Chandler knows the Mavericks can't afford to lose their edge.
Chandler Parsons scored 22 points, and the Mavericks hit 11 3-pointers while cruising to a 98-75 victory over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night... Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes for the Mavericks (30-13), who crept in front of idle Houston (29-13) for sole possession of fourth place in the demanding Western Conference. Parsons hit 9 of 13 shots.
Anthony Davis paces win over Lakers in return with 29 points, 4 blocks
The AP reports: NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis returned from a three-game absence and the 21-year-old star showed no sign of any issue with his sprained toe. Kobe Bryant also returned from a recent absence, and the 36-year-old guard resorted to shooting left-handed because his right shoulder was bothering him.
The contrast favored New Orleans decidedly.
Davis scored 29 points and blocked four shots, and the Pelicans beat the slumping Los Angeles Lakers 96-80 on Wednesday night... Eric Gordon had 17 points and a season-high 10 assists for New Orleans. Tyreke Evans added 19 points, and Quincy Pondexter finished with 12.
Los Angeles shot 37 percent from the field in its season-long sixth consecutive loss, going 4 for 20 in the fourth quarter.
Westbrook, Durant take over in OT to lift Thunder over Wizards
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- Russell Westbrook drove for the winning layup with 0.8 seconds left in overtime, and Kevin Durant greeted the latest KD2DC craze with 34 points Wednesday night as the Oklahoma City Thunder won their fourth straight with a 105-103 victory over the Washington Wizards...
Westbrook finished with 32 points and led a third-quarter comeback that made up a 12-point halftime deficit. Durant, the D.C. native whose 2016 free agency is much-anticipated in his hometown, added seven rebounds and broke out of a career-worst 0-for-14 slump from 3-point range by making four from long range after halftime. Steven Adams added a career-high 20 rebounds for the Thunder, who are 19-8 after a 3-12 start. They moved above .500 for the first time this season Tuesday night with a win over the Miami Heat.
Nene scored 24 points for the Wizards, including nine of Washington's 11 points in overtime. John Wall had 28 points and 13 assists.
Bledsoe, Thomas score season highs, Suns top Blazers 118-113
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Eric Bledsoe was looking forward to a long night of rest after rescuing his Phoenix Suns in a 118-113 win over the short-handed but dangerous Portland Trail Blazers.
The Suns blew a 25-point second-quarter lead and trailed by five with 2:21 left, but were saved by Bledsoe's seven points in the last 1:38. Bledsoe pumped in a career high 33 points, with reserve guard Isaiah Thomas adding 27, a season high... The Blazers (31-12) went up 110-105 with 2:22 to play on a 3-pointer from leading scorer Nicolas Batum, who finished with 27 points. But the Suns went on a 13-3 run to close the game and win their seventh straight at home.
Lopez's 22 points, 6 blocks helps Nets beat Kings 103-100
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If trade rumors are bothering Brook Lopez, it's hard to tell, because the veteran center is playing inspired basketball of late for the Brooklyn Nets.
He had 22 points and six blocks and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 103-100 on Wednesday night for only their second win in the last 10.
Lopez has lost his starting spot to Mason Plumlee and has been the subject of recent trade rumors with the Nets' poor play. He has one year remaining on his $16.7 million contact and is expected to opt out in the offseason... Jarrett Jack also had 16 points and added eight assists for the Nets. Alan Anderson had 14 and Bojan Bogdanovic added 10.
Stephen Curry stays cool after tiff, helps lift Warriors past Rockets
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry figured it would happen eventually.
With the Golden State Warriors routinely routing opponents on their home floor, frustration was bound to surface from the other side at some point. And when it finally did, he was ready for it.
The typically mild-mannered point guard got involved in a rare altercation before finishing with 22 points and 10 assists, and the Warriors held off the Houston Rockets 126-113 on Wednesday night for their franchise-record 17th straight home win... The Warriors (34-6) harassed Dwight Howard and Harden inside and out -- with Andrew Bogut and Green playing the role of lead antagonists -- and the irritation of another blowout loss to the NBA's best team finally set off the Rockets... Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 27 points, and Bogut grabbed 10 rebounds, scored nine points and tied a season high with five blocks -- including consecutive swats against Howard in the first half. Green added 18 points.
NBA DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21
Recaps of NBA games played Tuesday
After injury-filled start, Thunder get over .500 for first time this season
The AP reports: MIAMI -- Just about every statistic was what the Miami Heat would have wanted.
They kept Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook off the foul line for the most part, watched Oklahoma City's two stars combine to miss every 3-pointer they tried, limited each to fewer than 20 points and held the Thunder far below their typical scoring output of late.
And even that wasn't enough.
Durant and Westbrook each scored 19 points, and the Thunder beat the Heat 94-86 on Tuesday night -- the win putting Oklahoma City over the .500 mark for the first time this season... Westbrook grabbed 10 rebounds, Durant added eight rebounds and eight assists, Reggie Jackson scored 16 points, and Anthony Morrow added 12 for Oklahoma City -- who were nine games under .500 in late November, when Durant was still sidelined with a broken foot... Dwyane Wade scored 18 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami, which fell to 7-13 at home.
ESPN.com reports: After their win against the Heat, the Thunder are now 21-20 this season. Based on the average number of wins for Western Conference playoff teams in the last 5 full seasons, Oklahoma City will need to go 27-14 in its final 41 games to make the playoffs. According to that math, the Thunder would need to go 33-8 from here on out to get home-court in the first round and finish 40-1 to the be the number-1 seed. (average win numbers are rounded)
ESPN.com reports: Kevin Durant has only played 17 games this season, but he's been extremely efficient. The reigning MVP is shooting 55.2 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from three-point range, both of which would be career highs. Durant is averaging 28.3 points on 70.5 percent shooting over his last 4 games (43-61).
Kawhi Leonard records double-double as Spurs win 4th straight
The AP reports: DENVER -- After hitting a tough stretch in December, the San Antonio Spurs are regaining their winning form with a turnaround that has coincided with getting Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker back from injuries.
Parker scored 18 points, Leonard had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and the Spurs won their fourth in a row by beating the Denver Nuggets 109-99 on Tuesday night... Tim Duncan added 16 points, all in the second half, to help the Spurs beat the Nuggets for the fifth straight time... The Nuggets got a big game from Kenneth Faried, who had 26 points and 14 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to avoid their fourth straight loss, including their second in two nights.
ESPN.com reports: Only two NBA games on the slate this evening - but three of the four teams in action made it to at least the Conference Finals last season (Spurs, Heat and Thunder). Among last season's Conference Finalists, only the defending champion Spurs are above .500 - and they are currently 7th in the Western Conference.
NBA DAILY FOR TUESDAY, JAN. 20
Recaps of NBA games played Monday
Hornets beat Timberwolves 105-80 in Jefferson's return
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's been a long time since Al Jefferson has come off the bench in an NBA game.
The big man didn't seem to mind Monday, however.
Jefferson returned from a groin injury, scoring eight points and pulling down five rebounds as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-80. It's the first time since Dec. 4, 2006 -- a span of 544 games -- that Jefferson didn't start in a game in which he played... Thaddeus Young had 18 points to lead Minnesota, which failed in its quest to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Andrew Wiggins, the top pick in the NBA draft last year, had 12 points on 3 of 13 shooting and was limited to two rebounds for the Timberwolves (7-33).
Gortat, Wizards break away early, rout Sixers 111-76
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia 76ers are halfway through a forgettable season. They lost 17 straight to start the season, but had stabilized somewhat of late and entered Monday's game having split their last six games.
After a 111-76 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Wizards, the Sixers were jolted back to reality... Washington had seven players in double figures. Marcin Gortat scored 20 and John Wall had 11 points and 10 assists. Kevin Seraphin, who played most of his minutes after the game was decided, had 14... Philadelphia was led by Henry Sims with 13.
Hawks win 13th straight, one shy of tying team record
The AP reports: ATLANTA -- The NBA's best defense kept the Atlanta Hawks' winning streak intact.
The Hawks won their 13th straight game, one shy of tying the team record, as Mike Scott and Paul Millsap each scored 20 points Monday in a 93-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Atlanta is allowing 96.3 points per game, tops in the league. Strong defense helped the Hawks overcome poor shooting from some of their usual scoring leaders against Detroit... Al Horford added 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The Pistons were trying for their franchise-record eighth straight road win. Detroit had won 11 of 13 overall before its third straight loss to the Hawks this season.
Blake Griffin's 22 points carry Clippers to eighth win in 11 games
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers blew most of a 23-point lead and they got away with it against the struggling Boston Celtics.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 102-93 victory Monday.
J.J. Redick and reserve Jamal Crawford added 16 points each in Los Angeles' eighth win in 11 games. Griffin came up one rebound short of a double-double in helping the Clippers improve to 4-1 against the Celtics in their last five meetings... Boston's bench provided most of its offense, with Brandon Bass scoring a team-leading 17 points, Marcus Thornton adding 15 and Marcus Smart 14. Jared Sullinger (14) and Evan Turner (10) were the only starters in double figures.
Warriors whip Nuggets 122-79 for season's most lopsided win
The AP reports: OAKLAND, Calif. -- James Michael McAdoo signed a 10-day contract Monday morning after getting called up from the NBA Development League. By late afternoon, he had teammates and fans cheering his debut and went home with the game ball.
That's the kind of season it has been for the Golden State Warriors -- everything's working, and everybody's contributing.
All 13 players on the active roster scored, and the NBA-leading Warriors matched a franchise record with their 16th consecutive home win, whipping the Denver Nuggets 122-79 on Monday... The Warriors (33-6) dominated Denver in such impressive fashion that everybody got a chance to shine. Klay Thompson (22 points) and Stephen Curry (20 points and eight assists) led the way, as usual, and the reserves never relented in the fourth quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki takes over late to lead Mavericks past Grizzlies
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- When the Memphis Grizzlies went ahead with 4 minutes left, it was time for Dirk Nowitzki to take over.
Nowitzki scored 21 points, including the last eight for Dallas in the final 2 minutes, to lead the Mavericks past the Grizzlies 103-95 on Monday.
The Grizzlies took a two-point lead with about 4 minutes to go, but Dallas outscored Memphis 14-4 the rest of the way. Nowitzki hit a pair of mid-range fadeaway jumpers, a layup and then closed out the scoring with two free throws... Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 25 points and seven assists. Chandler Parsons added 15 points, and Devin Harris had 12 points off the Dallas bench. Tyson Chandler finished with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
James Harden leads Rockets over Pacers with season-high 45
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Kevin McHale lamented Houston's lack of effort in a lopsided loss to Golden State on Saturday.
There was no such problem Monday.
James Harden scored a season-high 45 points, including 18 in the third quarter, and the Rockets led from start to finish in a 110-98 win over the Indiana Pacers... The Pacers outscored Houston 30-21 in the final period, and a 5-0 run got them within eight with 2 1/2 minutes left. But Harden scored seven points after that to secure the victory.
C.J. Miles had 23 points to lead the Pacers, who have lost five straight.
Harden finished one point shy of his career high. Dwight Howard had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets.
Knicks stop skid at 16 by holding on for win over Pelicans
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks walked off the court, and for the first time in weeks, it wasn't with heads hanging.
The sound of boos that had provided the audio at Madison Square Garden was replaced by the voice of James Brown singing, "I feel good!"
The Knicks finally got to feel that way again.
New York snapped its 16-game losing streak Monday, getting 24 points and nine rebounds from Anthony to beat the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 99-92... Langston Galloway added 21 points for the Knicks, who improved the NBA's worst record to 6-36 by ending a 12-game home losing streak.
Tyreke Evans had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Pelicans, who were still without Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. They spotted the Knicks a 15-point lead, cut it to one in the final two minutes, but then couldn't score again.
LeBron James, J.R. Smith lead Cavs' roll over Bulls
The AP reports: CLEVELAND -- The pieces, old and new, are beginning to fit together.
It has taken some time, and there is a long way to go. But the critiqued and criticized Cavaliers are starting to play like the team they were supposed to be.
"I like the way we've been the last few games," LeBron James said following a 108-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night... James scored 26 points and J.R. Smith added 20 as the Cavs, remodeled by two trades in recent weeks, entered a favorable portion of their schedule with their third straight win... Jimmy Butler scored 20 and Derrick Rose 18 for the Bulls, who played their third game in a row without starting center Joakim Noah (sprained ankle). Chicago has dropped six of eight, and coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't like what he has seen from his team lately.
Lowry scores 18, balanced Raptors beat Bucks 92-89
The AP reports: MILWAUKEE -- Terrence Ross finished what he failed to start Monday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and was one of six Toronto players to reach double figures in the Raptors' 92-89 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Ross, who did not start for just the second time in the last 104 games after he was held scoreless for the only time this season in a 95-93 loss against New Orleans on Sunday, scored his team's final two baskets to end up with 16 points... Milwaukee (21-20), playing for the first time since beating New York 95-79 on Thursday in London, got 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals from Brandon Knight.
The Bucks, whose biggest loss this season was 124-82 at Toronto on Nov. 21, also got 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds from Ersan Ilyasova. O.J. Mayo scored 13.
Blazers overcome exit of LaMarcus Aldridge for injured thumb, end skid
The AP reports: PORTLAND, Ore. -- Even after losing All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge to an injury, the banged-up Trail Blazers found a winning combination.
Damian Lillard scored 22 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:20 remaining, and Portland ended a three-game losing streak Monday night with a 98-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings.
Lillard had six points during the final 80 seconds and helped rally the Trail Blazers (31-11) from an 11-point, second-half deficit. Wesley Matthews scored 17 for Portland... The loss of Aldridge added to an already-depleted Portland front line, with centers Robin Lopez (wrist) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) out for extended periods. And without three of its top inside players, Portland got whipped on the boards by Sacramento (16-25), which outrebounded the Blazers 53-35.
Guard trio leads Suns to 115-100 win over Kobe-less Lakers
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns' trio of prolific point guards was at it again.
Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas scored 24 apiece, Eric Bledsoe added 17 and the Suns pulled away to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their fifth loss in a row -- the last two without Kobe Bryant -- 115-100 on Monday night.
That's 65 points -- on 25-of-38 shooting -- for the guard threesome that is at the heart of the Suns' streak of six straight home wins and 13 victories in their last 17 overall... Dragic grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Bledsoe had seven assists. Twelve of Bledsoe's points came in the third quarter when the Suns took control.
Nick Young scored 24 for the Lakers, who were tied 51-all at halftime but fell behind by 10 in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth.
NBA DAILY FOR MONDAY, JAN. 19
Recaps of NBA games played Sunday
Tyreke Evans scores with less than 2 seconds left to push Pelicans
The AP reports: TORONTO -- The short-handed New Orleans Pelicans took the Toronto Raptors' best punch -- and delivered a decisive blow of their own.
Tyreke Evans scored on a driving layup with 1.6 seconds left and the Pelicans beat the Raptors 95-93 on Sunday, their first victory in seven meetings with Toronto.
Evans scored 26 points and Alexis Ajinca had 22 to help the Pelicans win without injured starters Anthony Davis (left foot) and Jrue Holiday (right ankle). Davis and Holiday sat out for the second straight game... DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points, and Amir Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors have lost seven of their last nine games.
Thunder blow away Magic to kick off five-game road trip
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- There's no question the Oklahoma City Thunder have had their struggles at times on the road this season.
Their performance against the Magic could be a big step in changing that.
Kevin Durant had 21 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Oklahoma City ran past Orlando 127-99 on Sunday night.
Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points and six assists, and Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters each added 16 points... Victor Oladipo led Orlando with 23 points. Elfrid Payton added 19 points and eight assists.
The Magic gave up a franchise-record 79 first-half points on their way to dropping their second straight game.
Tiago Splitter, Kawhi Leonard lead Spurs to blowout of Jazz
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Tiago Splitter scored 14 points, Kawhi Leonard had 12 points and nine rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs never trailed while holding Utah to a season-low scoring total in an 89-69 victory over the Jazz on Sunday night.
Tim Duncan added 11 points in 23 minutes for San Antonio, which has won three straight -- including the last two with Leonard back in the lineup.
Rudy Gobert had 13 points and a season-high 18 rebounds and Gordon Hayward added 10 points for Utah. The Jazz shot 33 percent while also setting season lows in points by a San Antonio opponent for the game and in the first half (27).
NBA DAILY FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 18
Recaps of NBA games played Saturday
Henderson scores 20, Hornets beat Pacers 80-71 in OT
The AP reports: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Lance Stephenson was back at his trash-talking best -- this time against his old team.
Stephenson jawed most of the game with former teammate Roy Hibbert and even intentionally knocked the 7-foot-2, 275-pound center to the floor as the two were running up the court.
Both later downplayed the shove.
In the end, Stephenson got the best of his former teammates, as the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Indiana Pacers 80-71 in overtime on Saturday night. Gerald Henderson had 20 points to lead the Hornets while Stephenson, in his second game since returning from a pelvic sprain, added 13 off the bench... The combined 151 points were the fewest in an overtime game in the shot-clock era, according to STATS. The Hornets won shooting 30.7 percent and the Pacers had 20 turnovers... David West had 19 points for the Pacers, who were 1 of 9 from the field in overtime.
Singler leads surging Pistons to 107-89 win over 76ers
The AP reports: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Stan Van Gundy is not going to brag about his Detroit Pistons being 16-25 midway through the season.
Considering they were 5-23 at one point, though, he knows it could be a lot worse... Kyle Singler shot 6 of 8 on 3-pointers in a 20-point performance, and Greg Monroe finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the 11th time in 13 games and improved to 6-15 at home.
Six players scored in double figures for Detroit, and Andre Drummond grabbed 15 rebounds... Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points for Philadelphia (8-32), but only one other starter reached double figures. Henry Sims contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Kyle Korver drains 7 3-pointers, leads Hawks to 12th win in row
The AP reports: CHICAGO -- The Atlanta Hawks are looking down at the rest of the Eastern Conference heading into the second half of the season.
With their efficient offense and stingy defense, Kyle Korver and company could be on top for a while.
Korver made a season-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 24 points, and the Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls 107-99 Saturday night for their 12th straight victory... Al Horford added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks matched the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Paul Millsap scored 16 points, and Jeff Teague had 17 and 11 assists.
The Hawks (33-8) have won 26 of 28 since a 7-6 start, surging to the top of the East with a balanced offense and sound defense. They closed out the first half of the season with impressive road wins over Toronto and Chicago on consecutive nights.
Klay Thompson gets defensive as Warriors down Rockets again
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- Klay Thompson had a great night offensively on Saturday.
More impressive, though, was his work on defense as he limited NBA leading scorer James Harden to just 11 points.
Stephen Curry and Thompson scored 27 points each and the Golden State Warriors used a huge third quarter to roll to a 131-106 win over the Houston Rockets... Dwight Howard, who missed the first two games against the Warriors, led Houston with 23 points and 10 rebounds... It is Golden State's NBA-leading 24th double-digit victory and its third win over Houston this season. It's the first time the Warriors won a season series against the Rockets since 2006-07.
Nene, Wizards bounce back to win 99-90, earn split with Nets
The AP reports: NEW YORK -- The big men were a big disappointment in Washington. Nene and Marcin Gortat quickly made up for that.
Nene scored 20 points, three other Washington big men were in double figures, and the Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-90 on Saturday night to split their home-and-home series.
Overpowered by Brook Lopez on Friday in their building, the Wizards bounced back behind 10 points and 16 rebounds from Gortat, and strong bench efforts from Kris Humphries (13 points) and Kevin Seraphin (12)... Bradley Beal finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards, who shot 52 percent from the field to overcome their 14-of-27 effort from the free throw line.
Jarrett Jack had 22 points and eight assists for the Nets. They had snapped a seven-game losing streak with their 102-80 victory Friday, when Nene and Gortat combined for just 15 points.
Randolph's double-double leads Grizzlies past Blazers 102-98
The AP reports: MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- With all of the Memphis Grizzlies' firepower, it was reserve point guard Beno Udrih who came up with not one, but two key baskets to preserve a win.
Udrih's second basket with 8.7 seconds left helped Memphis hold off a Portland rally, and the Grizzlies won their fourth straight 102-98 over the Trail Blazers on Saturday night... The 22-footer completed a perfect 7-for-7 night shooting for Udrih, who was playing for injured starter Mike Conley.
Zach Randolph had 20 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee matched Udrih's 17 points and Marc Gasol finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks for the Grizzlies... LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 32 points, 18 in the second half, while Wesley Matthews finished with 25 points. Lillard, who struggled through three quarters, scored 23, including 10 in the fourth as Portland made its comeback.
Wiggins scores 31 as Timberwolves beat Nuggets 113-105
The AP reports: DENVER -- Andrew Wiggins was sick and tired. Not of losing -- although it has been a trying season -- but from a bug he can't shake and fatigue that carried over from logging big minutes the night before.
No matter. He's young and resilient, and easily shook all that off to turn in his best performance.
Wiggins scored a career-high 31 points and Robbie Hummel had two big tip-in baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves hold off the Denver Nuggets 113-105 on Saturday night.
The dynamic rookie out of Kansas was 11 of 17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers. The top pick in last year's draft has scored 20 or more points in eight of his last 10 games.
Griffin scores 30 in Clippers' 117-108 win over Kings
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Matt Barnes kept the Clippers close when they got off to a sluggish start against Sacramento.
Blake Griffin helped them pull away for yet another road win over the Kings.
Barnes had 22 points in the first half, Griffin scored 18 of his 30 in the second half, and Los Angeles pulled away in the third quarter for a 117-108 victory Saturday night.
"I saw we were struggling there in the first half so I had to pick it up for my team," said Barnes, who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds... Jason Thompson had 23 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped three straight. Sacramento played without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins.
NBA DAILY FOR SATURDAY, JAN. 17
Recaps of NBA games played Friday
Tip-in with less than second sends Pistons over Pacers 98-96
The AP reports: INDIANAPOLIS -- The Detroit Pistons keep winning and Brandon Jennings' hot hand has been a big part.
Detroit has picked up victories in 10 of their last 12 games and Jennings has averaged 21.6 points in that run. Friday night, he scored a season-high 37 points to lead Detroit to a 98-96 road win against the struggling Indiana Pacers... With 23.9 seconds left and the score tied, Detroit (15-25) called a timeout. Jennings took the inbounds pass and held for the last shot. He drove to the bucket but missed. Andre Drummond was there for the tip-in with 0.3 seconds to go... Drummond finished with a 16-point, 16-rebound night.
Jeff Green has big 4th, Grizzlies beat Magic 106-96
The AP reports: ORLANDO, Fla. -- When Memphis parted with Tayshaun Prince and a future first-round pick to add Jeff Green in a three-team trade this week, the hope was it was getting an offensive upgrade at small forward.
So far, so good.
In just his second game in a Grizzlies jersey, Green scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Memphis hold off the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Friday night.
Zach Randolph added 18 points, and Marc Gasol had 12 points and 16 rebounds to help the Grizzlies win their third straight... Elfrid Payton led the Magic with career highs of 22 points and 12 assists.
Noel has double-double in 76ers' 96-81 win over Pelicans
The AP reports: PHILADELPHIA -- The 76ers have a catchy anthem they play at every home game, a feel-good song with a lyric that implores fans to, "Stomp your feet, everybody."
The fans may as well dedicate that tune to Nerlens Noel.
Coach Brett Brown had a simple pregame message for his rookie center who had a touch of nerves when it came to demanding the ball: "Run the floor, stamp your foot, post up and then go."
And off Noel went to the best game of his brief career. Noel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-81 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.
Brook Lopez, Jarrett Jack score 26 each as Nets break 7-game skid
The AP reports: WASHINGTON -- As the Brooklyn Nets endured a seven-game losing streak, trade talk engulfed the slumping team, with sources telling ESPN.com the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder are involved in discussions about a trade involving Brook Lopez and Kendrick Perkins.
Two of the players mentioned in proposed deals, Lopez and Jarrett Jack, shook off the chatter and each scored 26 points to help the Nets break their skid with a 102-80 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Lopez scored 25 points in 18 minutes in the second half.
Rose's double-double leads Bulls over Celtics 119-103
The AP reports: BOSTON -- After starting their second-half surge inside, the Chicago Bulls went outside to finish off the Boston Celtics.
Derrick Rose scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half and hit three of Chicago's seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Bulls pulled away to beat Boston 119-103 on Friday night.
"They're just going in," said Rose, whose five 3-pointers were one shy of his career best.
Rose, who was coming off a season-high 32 points Wednesday against Washington, made 12 of 20 shots and was 5 for 8 from 3-point range. He also had 10 assists for just his second double-double of the season, and didn't turn the ball over once.
Al Horford scores 22 to lead Hawks to 11th straight win
The AP reports: TORONTO -- After giving some starters the night off in games earlier this week, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer didn't rest anyone for Friday's game against the Raptors.
None of them had to work too hard in the fourth quarter, however.
Al Horford scored 22 points, Paul Millsap had 16 and the Hawks extended their winning streak to 11 games, beating Toronto 110-89... Jeff Teague and DeMarre Carroll each scored 13 points and Kyle Korver had 11 for the Hawks, who matched their longest winning streak since posting 11 consecutive victories to begin the 1997-98 season.
Russell Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Warriors
The AP reports: OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had little to say about one of the best performances of his career.
He felt his play said it all.
Westbrook scored 17 points, had a career-high 17 assists and matched a career best with 15 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Golden State Warriors 127-115 on Friday night. It was Westbrook's first triple-double of the season and the ninth of his career... Kevin Durant, who scored 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting, didn't get too worked up about it, either.
Nowitzki, Mavs split home-and-home with Nuggets, 97-89
The AP reports: DALLAS -- It sure appeared a night of rest did Dirk Nowitzki some good when he scored the first 10 Dallas points without missing a shot.
The 36-year-old forward didn't quite maintain that pace in his return to the lineup, but the early cushion was enough to keep the Mavericks ahead throughout in a quick rematch with Denver.
Nowitzki scored 25 points two days after sitting in the Mile High City, and the Mavericks split a home-and-home set against the Nuggets with a 97-89 victory Friday night.
"He looked good," said Chandler Parsons, whose 18 points included a thunderous dunk over J.J. Hickson.
Kawhi Leonard scores 20 in return to send Spurs past Blazers
The AP reports: SAN ANTONIO -- Kawhi Leonard's return from a 15-game absence has the San Antonio Spurs feeling whole, and they showed it by taking apart the Portland Trail Blazers.
Leonard scored 20 points in his return from a 15-game absence in the Spurs' 110-96 victory over Portland on Friday night... Tony Parker scored 19 points and Patty Mills added 18 for San Antonio, which had six players score in double figures and had 34 assists. Tim Duncan had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Aldridge had 24 points and Damian Lillard added 23 for the Trail Blazers.
Dragic, Green lead Suns past Timberwolves, 110-99
The AP reports: PHOENIX -- Gerald Green got his groove back for Phoenix and the Suns returned the Minnesota Timberwolves to their accustomed spot on the wrong side of a final score.
Goran Dragic scored 21 points, Green added 19 and the Suns beat the Timberwolves 110-99 victory on Friday night.
Mo Williams, after scoring a franchise-record 52 on Tuesday when the Timberwolves beat Indiana to snap a 15-game losing streak, scored 26 on 10-for-22 shooting against Phoenix... Eric Bledsoe added 16 and Brandan Wright 11 for the Suns, winners of five in a row at home and 2-0 on their franchise-record, eight-game homestand.
Jazz snap three-game skid, beat Kobe-less Lakers 94-85
The AP reports: SALT LAKE CITY -- When the Utah Jazz need a big play, Gordon Hayward knows it's his job to provide it.
Hayward scored 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting and added seven assists to lead the Jazz to a 94-85 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night... Derrick Favors chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Trey Burke added 20 points for the Jazz (14-26), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Utah has won seven of its last 10 games with Los Angeles, dating to the 2011-12 season.
Nick Young scored 23 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost four straight. Jordan Hill added 16 points for Los Angeles (12-29) which played without Kobe Bryant.
Bosh, Deng lead Heat to 95-83 win over Sacramento
The AP reports: SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dwyane Wade was absent again from the Miami lineup, but the Heat played well enough that their aging superstar wasn't missed.
Chris Bosh scored 30 points and Luol Deng had 25 to lead the Heat to a 95-83 win over the Sacramento Kings on Friday night.
Miami used a solid defensive effort in containing Kings high-scoring center DeMarcus Cousins and rode the scoring of Bosh and Deng to the victory. Miami went 3-2 on its road trip.
Kyrie Irving scores 37 as Cleveland holds on to beat Clippers
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- Cleveland closed out its road trip with a sweep of Los Angeles' NBA teams in a hint of a turnaround for a team coming out of a six-game skid.
Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and LeBron James added 32 in the Cavaliers' 126-121 victory over the Clippers on Friday night. Tristan Thompson had a season-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds starting in place of Kevin Love, who sat out after hurting his back in Thursday's win over the Lakers. James had 11 rebounds, all on the defensive glass.
NBA DAILY FOR FRIDAY, JAN. 16
Recaps of NBA games played Thursday
Carmelo Anthony returns, but Knicks lose to Bucks in London
The AP reports: LONDON -- Business trip or not, this certainly resembled a holiday at times for the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks followed up a few days of sightseeing in London with an easy victory over the NBA's worst team, making for a pleasant flight back across the Atlantic. O.J. Mayo scored 22 points, Brandon Knight had 20 points and six steals, and the Bucks routed New York 95-79 on Thursday night, extending the Knicks' franchise-record losing streak to 16... Anthony led the Knicks with 25 points. Stoudemire was scoreless in 8 first-half minutes and didn't play after the break. Anthony missed the previous six games because of a knee problem, and Stoudemire had been sidelined since Dec. 25, also with a knee injury... Giannis Antetokounmpo added 16 points for the Bucks, Khris Middleton had 14 and Zaza Pachulia 11.
James Harden's 31 help Rockets give Kevin McHale 200th coaching win
The AP reports: HOUSTON -- James Harden loved how the Houston Rockets played in the first quarter Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He only wishes they'd play that way more often... Harden scored 15 of his 31 points in the first quarter and the Rockets won 112-101.
The Rockets led 40-18 after one and didn't trail again to bounce back after a loss to Orlando on Wednesday night that snapped a four-game winning streak.
Harden came just short of a triple-double with 10 assists and nine rebounds. Trevor Ariza added 17 points and four steals for Houston... Kevin Durant had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder. They have lost three of their last four games.
LeBron James' 36 points best Kobe Bryant's career-high 17 assists
The AP reports: LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night despite Kobe Bryant's 19 points and career-high 17 assists.
Kyrie Irving added 22 points for Cleveland, which had lost nine of 10 before James held off Bryant down the stretch in an entertaining duel between two basketball icons... Jordan Hill scored 20 points in the Lakers' ninth loss in 12 games.
Kevin Love scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, who moved back to .500 with their first victory since Jan. 2.