Cavs maul Griz­zlies, Curry out­guns Davis

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Kevin Love scored 29 points, J.R. Smith found his aim - for one half - and LeBron James added 23 points as the Cleve­land Cava­liers won their fifth straight, 103-86 on Tues­day night over the Mem­phis Griz­zlies. Mem­phis rested cen­ter Marc Ga­sol for the first of back-to-back games against the de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons. Cavs coach Ty­ronn Lue said af­ter the game that James, Love and Irv­ing will not travel for the game yes­ter­day. Smith, who has been in a sea­son-long shooting slump, scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half as the Cavs, who gave star point guard Kyrie Irv­ing the night off, built a 22-point lead and ended the Griz­zlies’ six-game win­ning streak. Zach Ran­dolph re­placed Ga­sol in the start­ing lineup and scored 18 points to lead the Griz­zlies. The reign­ing West­ern Con­fer­ence player of the week, Ga­sol is ex­pected to play Wed­nes­day in Mem­phis to com­plete a bru­tal three-game stretch for the Griz­zlies, who beat Golden State by 21 on Satur­day.


Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Du­rant added 27 to go with a big block on Anthony Davis in the fi­nal minute and Golden State held off New Or­leans. Dray­mond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 re­bounds and 10 as­sists, and it was the last of his four steals - on Davis in the wan­ing sec­onds - that sealed the vic­tory. Davis an­grily con­tended he’d been fouled, only to be as­sessed a tech­ni­cal foul. Klay Thomp­son added 17 points for the War­riors, who com­bined for 14 3-point­ers, five by Curry. Davis fin­ished with 28 points, five blocked shots and two steals but turned the ball over six times.


Zach LaVine scored 24 points, An­drew Wig­gins added 23 and Min­nesota won in coach Tom Thi­bodeau’s re­turn to Chicago. The Tim­ber­wolves wiped out a 21-point deficit and got Thi­bodeau a vic­tory in his first game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him in an ac­ri­mo­nious split in 2015. Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points, and the Tim­ber­wolves snapped a fourgame los­ing streak. Jimmy But­ler led Chicago with 27 points, and Robin Lopez added 14. But the Bulls continued a pat­tern of let­downs against los­ing teams, this time fall­ing to one that came in tied for the NBA’s worst record.

SUNS 113, KNICKS 111, OT

Eric Bled­soe scored the go-ahead points on a driv­ing, left-handed layup with 30 sec­onds to play and Phoenix gave New York its sec­ond loss in eight games. Bled­soe scored eight con­sec­u­tive points late in OT and fin­ished with 31, his third con­sec­u­tive 30-point game. Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points for New York, one shy of his ca­reer high, be­fore foul­ing out with 1:34 left in OT. Carmelo Anthony capped a 3-for-15 shooting night with an air ball that re­sulted in a 24-sec­ond clock vi­o­la­tion with 5.9 sec­onds left.


Damian Lil­lard had 17 points and nine as­sists be­fore sit­ting out the fourth quar­ter and Port­land snapped a four-game los­ing streak. Rus­sell West­brook was off his league-lead­ing av­er­age of 31.1 points a game with 20 for the Thunder, who have lost two of their last three af­ter a six-game win­ning streak. Ma­son Plum­lee added 18 points for the Blaz­ers, who led by 26 points in Port­land’s first game back af­ter a 1-4 road trip. Six Port­land play­ers fin­ished in double figures in the sec­ond of a backto-back.

MAGIC 131, HAWKS 120

Serge Ibaka scored 29 points, El­frid Pay­ton reached ca­reer highs with 26 points and 14 as­sists and Or­lando snapped a three-game los­ing streak. Or­lando be­gan the night ranked 29th in scor­ing and played with­out cen­ter Nikola Vuce­vic, but it got big pro­duc­tion from the bench. Pay­ton, Jodie Meeks and Jeff Green com­bined for 62 points, while start­ing guard Evan Fournier scored 23. Dwight Howard had 20 points and 16 re­bounds and Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 13 as­sists for the Hawks, who thought they were on a good tra­jec­tory af­ter ral­ly­ing from 20 points down in last Fri­day’s win at Mil­wau­kee. —AP Toronto Knicks Bos­ton Brook­lyn Philadelphia Cleve­land In­di­ana Detroit Mil­wau­kee Charlotte Or­lando Wash­ing­ton Mi­ami

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CLEVE­LAND: Cleve­land Cava­liers’ LeBron James, cen­ter, drives be­tween Mem­phis Griz­zlies’ Troy Wil­liams, left, and Jarell Martin in the sec­ond half of an NBA basketball game, Tues­day, in Cleve­land. The Cava­liers won 103-86.— AP

SUITA: Atletico Na­cional for­ward Miguel Borja (L) vies for the ball with Kashima Antlers de­fender Gen Shoji (R) dur­ing the Club World Cup foot­ball semi-fi­nal match be­tween Ja­pan’s Kashima Antlers and Colom­bia’s Atletico Na­cional at Suita City sta­dium in Osaka yes­ter­day. — AFP

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