Cava­liers beat Rockets to go 4-0 in new sea­son

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Kyrie Irv­ing scored a sea­son­high 32 points and the reign­ing NBA cham­pion Cleve­land Cava­liers re­mained un­de­feated, beat­ing the Hous­ton Rockets 128-120 on Tues­day night. Kevin Love scored 24 points while LeBron James added 19 points and 13 re­bounds as Cleve­land placed six play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. The Cava­liers are 4-0 for the first time in 16 years. James Har­den scored a sea­son-high 41 points and had 15 as­sists for Hous­ton. Ryan An­der­son’s 3-pointer cut Cleve­land’s lead to 114-112 with 2:18 to play, but 3-point­ers by James and J.R. Smith and an­other 3 by Irv­ing with 34 sec­onds left pushed the mar­gin to 125-116. The game’s tip-off was moved up an hour to 6 p.m. be­cause the In­di­ans and Cubs were play­ing Game 6 of the World Series across the street at Pro­gres­sive Field.

JAZZ 106, SPURS 91

Ge­orge Hill had 22 points and Utah made a sea­son-high 15 3-point­ers, hand­ing San An­to­nio its first loss of the sea­son. Rod­ney Hood had 19 points, Trey Lyles 15 and Shelvin Mack 14 for Utah, which fin­ished 15 for 31 from 3-point range. Kawhi Leonard led San An­to­nio with 30 points and LaMar­cus Aldridge added 21. Hill made four straight bas­kets start­ing with about 6 min­utes left, scor­ing 10 points to give the Jazz a 96-88 lead with 4 min­utes re­main­ing. Utah built a 12point lead in the open­ing quar­ter by shoot­ing 72 per­cent from the field and 88 per­cent on 3s. The Jazz made seven 3-point­ers in the first quar­ter, one more than their pre­vi­ous sea­son high for a game.

HEAT 108, KINGS 96

Go­ran Dragic scored 25 points, Tyler John­son had seven of his 22 in over­time and Miami beat Sacra­mento. Has­san White­side got his fourth dou­ble-dou­ble to start the sea­son, 14 points and 11 re­bounds for the Heat who have won 15 straight at home over the Kings. Dragic added eight re­bounds and eight as­sists, and Dion Wait­ers scored 20 points for Miami. Rudy Gay scored 30 points and grabbed 12 re­bounds for Sacra­mento. DeMar­cus Cousins scored 30 points for the Kings, but fouled out late in reg­u­la­tion and Sacra­mento was outscored 17-5 in the ex­tra ses­sion. The Heat wasted an 80-71 lead in the fi­nal six min­utes of reg­u­la­tion.

PIS­TONS 102, KNICKS 89

To­bias Har­ris scored 25 points and Mar­cus Mor­ris added 22 to lift Detroit over New York. The Pis­tons have won three in a row - all by dou­ble dig­its - since drop­ping their sea­son opener. They closed out this game with an im­pres­sive de­fen­sive stretch, hold­ing New York to 10 points in the fourth quar­ter. Carmelo An­thony scored 24 points for the Knicks, and Der­rick Rose added 19. Ken­tavi­ous Cald­well-Pope scored 19 points for Detroit, and An­dre Drum­mond had nine points and 13 re­bounds.

MAGIC 103, 76ERS 101

Serge Ibaka sank two free throws with 1.4 sec­onds to snap a tie game and send Or­lando over Philadel­phia. The Magic ral­lied from an 18-point deficit to win for the first time in four games this sea­son. Six­ers cen­ter Joel Em­biid lost his drib­ble at the top of the key and Or­lando snagged the ball with 5.7 sec­onds left. Six­ers guard T.J. McCon­nell was whis­tled for a fla­grant foul on Ibaka’s layup at­tempt. Ibaka made both and the Magic re­tained pos­ses­sion and kept the Six­ers win­less. Em­biid had two costly turnovers in the fi­nal minute for the Six­ers. Ibaka scored 21 points and Nik Vuce­vic had 24 points and 14 re­bounds. Hol­lis Thomp­son led the Six­ers with 22 points. Em­biid had 18 points and 10 re­bounds, and Dario Saric scored 21 points.

BUCKS 117, PEL­I­CANS 113

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 24 points and 10 re­bounds, Jabari Parker added 21 points, and Mil­wau­kee beat win­less New Or­leans. An­thony Davis scored 35 points - the third time he has scored at least that many points to go with 15 re­bounds, three blocked shots and three steals. But once again, it was not enough for New Or­leans, which has dropped its first four games, in­clud­ing three at home. Mil­wau­kee rookie Mal­colm Brog­don had his best game yet, scor­ing 14 points - 10 in the se­cond half. Tony Snell had 13 points and 10 re­bounds for the Bucks, while Rashad Vaughn scored 12 points and Matthew Dellave­dova had 11. Tim Fra­zier had 20 points and nine as­sists for New Or­leans.

TIM­BER­WOLVES 116, GRIZ­ZLIES 80

Zach LaVine scored 31 points and hit five 3point­ers, and Min­nesota built a lead too big to give away in a vic­tory over Mem­phis, its first of the sea­son. Gorgui Dieng scored 17 points for the Tim­ber­wolves (1-2), who led by 17 points in the opener against Mem­phis and 18 against Sacra­mento be­fore los­ing both games. Mem­phis coach David Fiz­dale de­cided to rest Mike Con­ley and Marc Ga­sol on the front end of a back-to-back that fin­ishes at home tonight against New Or­leans. Tony Allen made his sea­son de­but for the Griz­zlies after miss­ing the first three games of the sea­son with a right knee in­jury. Mem­phis shot just 36.5 per­cent and turned the ball over 22 times.

WAR­RIORS 127, TRAIL BLAZ­ERS 104

Stephen Curry scored 28 points, 23 in the third quar­ter, and Golden State ex­tended its early sea­son win­ning streak to three games. Ian Clark came off the bench with a ca­reer­high 22 points for the War­riors, who have re­bounded after a sea­son-open­ing loss to San An­to­nio. Kevin Du­rant added 20 points and Golden State rested its starters down the stretch after lead­ing by as many as 35 points. Damian Lil­lard had 31 points for the Blaz­ers, who fell in five games to the War­riors in the West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals last sea­son. Play­ing the first of a back-to-back, Port­land coach Terry Stotts also went to his re­serves with eight min­utes left.

PAC­ERS 115, LAK­ERS 108

Paul Ge­orge scored 30 points, in­clud­ing In­di­ana’s fi­nal 12 of the game to rally the Pac­ers over Los An­ge­les. The Lak­ers trailed by as many as 16 points, but ral­lied and had their fi­nal lead at 108-107 be­fore Ge­orge put it away. He made con­sec­u­tive 18-foot jumpers for a 111-108 lead, then fol­lowed through on the op­po­site end of the floor with the big­gest de­fen­sive re­bound of the game. The Lak­ers’ Jor­dan Clark­son missed an al­most un­con­tested layup, and it was Ge­orge who came down with the re­bound, send­ing him to the free throw line to close out the con­test. Monta El­lis had 17 points and CJ Miles scored 16 for the Pac­ers. Thad­deus Young fin­ished with 14. Lou Wil­liams scored 19 points for the Lak­ers and Clark­son had 15. — AP

CLEVE­LAND: Cleve­land Cava­liers for­ward LeBron James (23) drives on Hous­ton Rockets for­ward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Tues­day, in Cleve­land.— AP

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