James mus­cles Cavaliers past Jazz 118-114

West­brook triple-dou­ble lifts Thun­der as Du­rant hurt

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

UTAH: Cleve­land for­ward Le­Bron James re­minded the NBA of his raw power on Tues­day, scor­ing 31 points, in­clud­ing 17 in the fourth quar­ter, as the Cavaliers mus­cled their way to a 118-114 vic­tory over the Utah Jazz on Tues­day. The Cavaliers trailed by as many as nine in the fourth, but James stole a pass and drib­bled the length of the floor for an im­pres­sive three-point play. Jazz guard Rod­ney Hood did his best to wrap up James and pre­vent the shot, but the Cavs for­ward pow­ered through for the bas­ket and foul. He looked at Hood and slapped his bi­ceps as the sell­out crowd roared.

“Bron is the great­est player in the game. I don’t think there’s any­one with a higher bas­ket­ball IQ or a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the mo­ment,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “I think he just un­der­stood the mo­ment. He took over the game and lifted the rest of the guys with him. He did the things that a great player like him, only him, can do.” James’ three-point play pulled the Cavs within 95-94 but gave them all the mo­men­tum. It re­vived a slum­ber­ing team that re­mained un­beaten at home (5-0) with their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

How­ever, Cleve­land (7-1) had to work for it on a night when they were sloppy with the ball (17 turnovers) and off rhythm. “The win is the only thing that’s im­por­tant to me,” James said. “We had some good points, we had some bad points, but we stuck with it.” James added eight as­sists and seven re­bounds, while Mo Wil­liams had 29 points, six re­bounds and six as­sists. He made his first eight shots and did not miss un­til 1:37 re­mained. Kevin Love had 22 points and eight re­bounds for the Cavaliers.

Alec Burks scored 24 points off the bench for the Jazz (4-3), while for­wards Gor­don Hay­ward and Der­rick Fa­vors each scored 17 points. Rudy Gobert had 15 points, seven re­bounds and five as­sists, and Hood fouled out with 16 points. “They’re a vet­eran team that knows how to close out games and how to win bas­ket­ball games,” Hay­ward said. “That’s some­thing that we can learn from.” The Jazz trailed most of the night un­til late in the third quar­ter. They ex­tended their lead to 95-86 on a dunk by Gobert with 7:22 left be­fore James and the Cavs be­gan to roll.

Hood re­sponded to James’ power play by stroking a three-pointer at the other end, but it was the only bas­ket the Jazz scored for nearly five min­utes in the fourth quar­ter. The drought al­lowed the Cavaliers to re­gain the lead. “You can see why they’re as good as they are,” Jazz coach Quin Sny­der said. “I was happy with the way we hung in there ... we didn’t get rat­tled. “Our guys need to feel good about how hard we played, and we need to fig­ure out how to win some of th­ese, too.”

Heat 101, Lak­ers 88

Kobe Bryant did not make a fi­nal game ap­pear­ance at the Amer­i­can Air­lines Arena on Tues­day, but the Miami Heat were just fine with hav­ing the 17-time All-Star guard in street clothes. With Bryant a late scratch to give him a rest, the Heat han­dled the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers 101-88. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 30 points on nine-of-16 shoot­ing from the field and 10-of-12 from the freethrow line.

Thun­der 125, Wizards 101

Kevin Du­rant did not play the sec­ond half af­ter suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury, but Rus­sell West­brook picked up the slack with a triple­dou­ble as the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der trounced the Wash­ing­ton Wizards 125-101. West­brook fin­ished with 22 points, 11 re­bounds and 11 as­sists for the Thun­der (53), who led 68-50 at half­time and by as many as 29 points in the sec­ond half.

Knicks 111, Raptors 109

Carmelo An­thony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks held on in the fourth quar­ter to de­feat the Toronto Raptors 111109. It was the sec­ond win in a row for the Knicks (4-4) and the third straight loss for the Raptors (5-3). Lance Thomas scored 15 points off the bench for the Knicks and Langston Galloway scored 15, also as a re­serve. Robin Lopez had 12 points and eight re­bounds be­fore foul­ing out.

Celtics 99, Bucks 83

A 16-0 third-quar­ter run pro­pelled the Bos­ton Celtics to an easy 99-83 vic­tory over the Mil­wau­kee Bucks at the BMO Har­ris Bradley Cen­ter. Isiah Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who also got 12 from Jae Crow­der and 11 from Jered Sullinger.

Hor­nets 104, Timberwolves 95

Char­lotte guards Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb helped key the Hor­nets’ 104-95 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Timberwolves at the Tar­get Cen­ter. Lin scored a game-high 19 points, while Lamb added 18 points and four re­bounds to give the Hor­nets their sec­ond road vic­tory of the year.

Pel­i­cans 120, Mavericks 105

Ryan An­der­son scored 25 points as the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans snapped a sea­sonopen­ing, six-game los­ing streak with a 120105 vic­tory over the Dal­las Mavericks at Smoothie King Arena. How­ever, the win may have been costly as for­ward An­thony Davis sus­tained a calf in­jury early in the third quar­ter and did not re­turn. Davis scored 17 points and grabbed seven re­bounds in 19 min­utes. — Reuters

CLEVE­LAND: Utah Jazz for­ward Trevor Booker, right, shoots against Cleve­land Cavaliers cen­ter Tris­tan Thomp­son dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Tues­day, in Cleve­land. — AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.