Cava­liers con­tinue to roll over Rap­tors

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CLEVE­LAND: LeBron James had 28 points and 14 as­sists, Kyrie Irv­ing scored 24 points and the Cleve­land Cava­liers beat the Toronto Rap­tors 121-117 on Tues­day night to match the best start in fran­chise his­tory after 10 games. It was an­other tense matchup be­tween the teams who met in last sea­son’s East­ern Con­fer­ence fi­nals and could get there again. Chan­ning Frye’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 59 sec­onds left put the Cavs up by one. Cleve­land then buck­led down on de­fense, hold­ing the Rap­tors score­less un­til let­ting Kyle Lowry make a layup with 2.8 sec­onds left. Kevin Love added 19 points and 13 re­bounds for the Cavs, who are 9-1 for the first time since 1976-77. Lowry scored 28 and DeMar DeRozan added 26 for the Rap­tors.


Den­nis Schroder scored 18 points, Paul Mill­sap and Tim Har­d­away Jr. each scored 15 and At­lanta pushed its win­ning streak to five games by beat­ing reeling Mi­ami. Mike Mus­cala scored 14 and Kent Bazemore added 12 for the Hawks. Dwight Howard had 11 points and 11 re­bounds for the Hawks, be­fore leav­ing with 3:06 left in the third quar­ter with a bruised left thigh.

Has­san White­side scored 19 points and grabbed an NBA sea­son-high 25 re­bounds for Mi­ami, which has now dropped six straight. The eight Heat losses so far this sea­son have come by an av­er­age of 6.9 points with three of the last four com­ing by four points or less. Josh Richard­son also scored 19 for Mi­ami, which got 14 points from Tyler John­son, 13 from James John­son and 11 from Dion Wait­ers.


Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Char­lotte blitzed Min­nesota in the third quar­ter. Frank Kamin­sky scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quar­ter for the Hor­nets (7-3), who snapped a two-game skid. Ni­co­las Ba­tum had 16 points and seven as­sists, and Char­lotte outscored Min­nesota 36-17 in the third quar­ter to wipe out a 12-point half­time deficit. An­drew Wig­gins scored 29 points and Karl-An­thony Towns had 21 points and eight re­bounds for the Tim­ber­wolves, who fell to 1-2 on their four-game home­s­tand. Min­nesota turned the ball over 18 times, which led to 20 points for Char­lotte.


Jimmy But­ler had 27 points and 12 re­bounds, and Chicago opened a six-game road trip with a vic­tory over Port­land. Dwyane Wade had 19 points for Chicago, which ex­tended its mod­est win­ning streak to three games. For­mer Blaz­ers cen­ter Robin Lopez added 13 points and 11 re­bounds. The Blaz­ers, who had won five of six, were cold from the start, fall­ing be­hind by as many as 26 points. Damian Lil­lard, who made just two shots from the field in the first half, fin­ished with 19 points. Chicago, com­ing off a 106-95 vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton on Satur­day, was with­out Ra­jon Rondo be­cause of a left an­kle sprain. Je­rian Grant made his first start of the sea­son and had 18 points.

LAK­ERS 125, NETS 118

D’An­gelo Rus­sell scored 32 points and Julius Ran­dle added 17 points, 14 re­bounds and 10 as­sists for his sec­ond ca­reer triple­dou­ble in sur­pris­ing Los An­ge­les’ vic­tory over Brook­lyn. Ti­mofey Moz­gov had 20 points and six re­bounds for the Lak­ers, who main­tained a steady lead down the stretch of their fourth win in five games at Sta­ples Cen­ter this sea­son. Rus­sell hit seven 3-point­ers and had eight re­bounds dur­ing the high­est-scor­ing per­for­mance by any Lak­ers player in their im­pres­sive start to the sea­son. Los An­ge­les’ bal­anced play un­der new coach Luke Wal­ton has put the Lak­ers (7-5) two games above .500 for just the sec­ond time since April 2013. Brook Lopez had 30 points and 10 re­bounds for the Nets.

CLEVE­LAND: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Rap­tors passes be­tween Chan­ning Frye #8 and Kyrie Irv­ing #2 of the Cleve­land Cava­liers dur­ing the sec­ond half at Quicken Loans Arena on Tues­day in Cleve­land, Ohio. The Cava­liers de­feated the Rap­tors 121-117.

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