War­riors rally to grab 13th vic­tory

Cavaliers over­power Bucks 115-100

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CLEVE­LAND: Le­Bron James scored 27 points, and Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 re­bounds as the Cleve­land Cavaliers beat the Mil­wau­kee Bucks 115100 on Thurs­day night. Cleve­land ended a two-game los­ing streak and avenged a dou­ble-over­time loss in Mil­wau­kee on Satur­day night. The Cavaliers lead the East­ern Con­fer­ence at 9-3. Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored a ca­reer-high 33 points for Mil­wau­kee, and the Bucks ral­lied from a 21-point deficit in the sec­ond quar­ter to cut the lead to 84-79 late in the third. An­der­son Vare­jao, who came off the bench to score nine points, helped Cleve­land build the lead to 97-84. James scored six points and Love had a three-point play in that stretch. JR Smith added 18 points for Cleve­land. An­te­tok­oun­mpo was 12 of 15 from the field and made all eight of his free throws. Greg Mon­roe scored 17 points, and Khris Mid­dle­ton added 15 for Mil­wau­kee.

WAR­RIORS 124, CLIP­PERS 117

The Golden State War­riors erased a 23-point firsthalf deficit to stretch their NBA sea­son-open­ing win streak to 13 games on Thurs­day with a 124-117 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers. The reign­ing NBA cham­pi­ons be­came just the fifth team in NBA history to open a sea­son 13-0 and con­tin­ued to close in on the record for the best start to a sea­son of 15-0 — achieved by Wash­ing­ton in 1948-49 and the Hous­ton Rock­ets in 1993-94.

But it was a close-run win, as the pumped-up Clip­pers raced to a big lead over their Pa­cific Di­vi­sion ri­vals, led by point guard Chris Paul. Paul, back in ac­tion af­ter two games side­lined by a groin strain, made his first seven shots, in­clud­ing three from three-point range. He fin­ished the game with 35 points and eight as­sists in 32 min­utes on the floor. But Golden State, who trailed 55-32 early in the sec­ond quar­ter, bat­tled back, with reign­ing NBA Most Valu­able Player Stephen Curry scor­ing 13 of his 40 points in the fourth quar­ter.

“No mat­ter how bad we’re play­ing, we al­ways feel like we have a shot,” said Curry, who also pulled down 11 re­bounds. “It was a hard-fought, gutwrench­ing game that ev­ery­body stepped up and played well.” Guard Klay Thomp­son scored 25 points for the War­riors. Har­ri­son Barnes added 21 and for­ward Dray­mond Green con­trib­uted 19 points and nine as­sists. Trail­ing 91-85 go­ing into the fourth quar­ter, the War­riors shot 73.3 per­cent from the field in the fi­nal pe­riod. A three-pointer by Thomp­son gave the War­riors their first lead since the be­gin­ning of the first quar­ter — 113-112 with 2:43 to play.

The Clip­pers re­sponded with a three-pointer by Ja­mal Craw­ford be­fore Curry drained a three-pointer with 1:47 re­main­ing that gave the War­riors a 116-115 lead that they wouldn’t re­lin­quish. The War­riors outscored the Clip­pers 22-5 in the fi­nal stretch, but Los An­ge­les coach Doc Rivers said his team’s prob­lems be­gan long be­fore that. “I don’t think it started in the fourth quar­ter, I really don’t,” Rivers said. “I thought right at the end of the sec­ond quar­ter was when we stopped play­ing with the same force that we played with the first quar­ter and a half.” It was the War­riors’ sec­ond win of the sea­son over the Clip­pers, af­ter a 112-108 tri­umph on Novem­ber 4. “Like I said be­fore the game, we know we’re close, but close isn’t good enough,” Rivers said. “You’ve got to fin­ish the games.”

HEAT 116, KINGS 109

Chris Bosh had 23 points and 11 re­bounds as Miami beat Sacra­mento, tak­ing ad­van­tage of Kings star DeMar­cus Cousins’ one-game sus­pen­sion. Cousins, av­er­ag­ing 30.8 points in his last five games, was sus­pended for hit­ting At­lanta’s Al Hor­ford in the head with a fore­arm Wed­nes­day night in the Kings’ loss to the Hawks. The Kings are 0-5 with­out Cousins this sea­son and 11-38 since he joined the team in 2010. Dwyane Wade led Miami with 24 points, and Tyler John­son had 19. Sacra­mento’s Ra­jon Rondo had a sea­son-high 18 as­sists, 14 points and nine re­bounds af­ter hav­ing three triple-dou­bles in his pre­vi­ous four games. Marco Be­linelli led the Kings with 23 points. — Agen­cies

LOS AN­GE­LES: Golden State War­riors for­ward Dray­mond Green (left) shoots as Los An­ge­les Clip­pers cen­ter DeAn­dre Jor­dan de­fends dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game on Thurs­day, Nov 19, 2015, in Los An­ge­les. — AP

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