Sunday, January 3, 2016

LeBron lifts Cavs over Magic; Kings rout Suns

Cavaliers 104, Magic 79

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kevin Love had 10 points and 13 rebounds in Cleveland's victory over Orlando, their 13th consecutive win in the series.

Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 13 points for the Cavs, who have won their last three games.

The Magic have dropped consecutive games by double figures for the first time this season.
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Nets 100, Celtics 97

Center Brook Lopez scored nine of his season-high 30 points during a decisive fourth quarter and Joe Johnson added 20 points in the Brooklyn Nets' 100-97 road win over the Boston Celtics.

The Nets (10-23) won for the second time in the past five games and overcame the loss of guard Jarrett Jack to a right knee sprain in the third quarter.

The Celtics (18-15) have lost two in a row after winning the previous four.

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 Kings 142, Suns 119

Center DeMarcus Cousins scored 32 points and the Sacramento Kings blitzed the Phoenix Suns in the second half for a 142-119 victory.

Guard Darren Collison added 21 points, and the Kings (13-20) posted their highest-scoring game of the season.

It was eighth straight loss for the Suns (12-24), their longest losing streak since the 2010-11 season.

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Thunder 109, Hornets 90

Kevin Durant had his ninth double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 rebounds, and Oklahoma beat Charlotte in a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions.

The Thunder won their fourth straight, their seventh in the last eight games, and their 13th in the last 15. The Hornets suffered their third straight loss and have now lost six of their last eight.

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Pacers 94, Pistons 82

Paul George poured in a game-high 32 points and scored his team's last 21 points as Indiana pulled away for the win.

The power forward, who struggled with his shot for 3 1/2 quarters and committed seven turnovers, also grabbed 14 rebounds. George Hill supplied 18 points and backcourt partner Monta Ellis added 14 for the Pacers.

George and Pistons small forward Marcus Morris got into a shoving match as the game ended and had to be separated.

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Bucks 95, Timberwolves 85
Milwaukee overcame a 17-point first-quarter deficit to beat Minnesota.

Milwaukee started the game 0-of-11 from the field and did not score its first field goal until a lay-in by John Henson with 3:21 left in the first quarter.

It was the longest field goal drought by an NBA team since New Orleans went without a basket until 2:42 remained in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic on Dec. 20, 2006.

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Pelicans 105, Mavericks 98

Anthony Davis poured in a game-high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the struggling New Orleans Pelicans to a road victory, knocking off the Dallas Mavericks 105-98 at American Airlines Center.

Most impressive for the Pelicans, who were just 3-15 on the road entering this game, was their poise at each end of the floor down the stretch after Dallas quickly rallied from a 12-point deficit to tie the game at 85-85 in the fourth quarter.

(Editing by Andrew Both/John O'Brien)