James lifts Cavs past Bucks in OT

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MILWAUKEE: LeBron James made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 sec­onds left in over­time as the Cleve­land Cava­liers held on for a 114-108 vic­tory over Milwaukee on Tues­day night to avenge a late Novem­ber loss. Milwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo with 1:12 left. Cleve­land’s Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left cor­ner on the next pos­ses­sion but Jabari Parker’s lay-in at­tempt at the other end curled out. James was fouled on the re­bound by An­te­tok­oun­mpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleve­land up 110-108. Parker was fouled on a layup at­tempt on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 sec­onds left to make it 112-108. James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleve­land, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on Nov. 29. Parker had 30 points and An­te­tok­oun­mpo added 25. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleve­land.

PEL­I­CANS 108, 76ERS 93

An­thony Davis had 31 points and 16 re­bounds to lead New Or­leans over Philadel­phia in a matchup of strug­gling teams. Davis scored 11 in New Or­leans’ dom­i­nant sec­ond quar­ter and Ter­rence Jones fin­ished with 17 points and 10 boards for the Pel­i­cans (1020), who avenged a Dec. 8 home loss to the 76ers while win­ning for only the third time in 11 games. Er­san Ilyasova had 14 points to pace Philadel­phia (7-21).

RAP­TORS 116, NETS 104

Kyle Lowry had 23 points while Nor­man Pow­ell scored a sea­son-high 21 as Toronto de­feated Brook­lyn. Lowry, who shot 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 5 on 3-point­ers, added eight as­sists and four re­bounds be­fore sit­ting out the fi­nal 6 min­utes as the Rap­tors (20-8) won their sec­ond straight. Six dif­fer­ent Rap­tors scored in dou­ble fig­ures. Toronto never trailed and led by as many as 23. Ron­dae Hol­lis Jef­fer­son had 19 points, six re­bounds and three as­sists for the Nets (7-20), who lost their third straight and fifth in six games. It was the 10th straight road loss for the Nets. They are 1-13 away from home this sea­son.


DeMar­cus Cousins re­turned from a brief ejec­tion and fin­ished with a sea­son-high 55 points, cap­ping a wild day for the hot-tem­pered big man as Sacra­mento beat Portland. Hours af­ter he was fined by the Kings for his pro­fan­ity-laced tirade against a news­pa­per colum­nist last week, Cousins pulled down 13 re­bounds and made two huge 3-point­ers and scored 17 points in the fourth quar­ter. It ap­peared Cousins’ night was over be­fore the game had ended. In the fi­nal minute, he put the Kings back in front when he drove the lane for a layup and was fouled by Ma­son Plum­lee. Cousins ini­tially was given a sec­ond tech­ni­cal foul and ejected for spit­ting his mouth piece in the di­rec­tion of Portland’s bench af­ter mak­ing the shot. He ran into the locker room, but the of­fi­cials hud­dled and changed the call. Cousins re­turned to the court and made the free throw for a three-point play, giv­ing the Kings a 122119 lead with 35 sec­onds left.


Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3point­ers while Kevin Du­rant had 22 points as Golden State whipped Utah af­ter a slow start. Klay Thomp­son added 17 points and Dray­mond Green had 15 points, 11 re­bounds and five steals as Golden State handed the Jazz their worst de­feat of the sea­son. Joe John­son scored 14 points for Utah in its sev­enth straight de­feat to the War­riors.


J.J. Redick scored 27 points, in­clud­ing 7-for9 shoot­ing on 3-point­ers while Chris Paul had 16 points, 15 as­sists and eight re­bounds as Los Angeles beat Den­ver. DeAn­dre Jor­dan had 13 points and 13 re­bounds and Luc Mbah a Moute added 14 points for the Clip­pers, who won for the fifth time in six games. Will Bar­ton led the Nuggets with 22 points off the bench, with Danilo Gal­li­nari adding 17 points.


Patty Mills hit a 3-pointer with 12.9 sec­onds left to lift San An­to­nio over Hous­ton. Eric Gor­don missed a 3-point at­tempt af­ter that be­fore Manu Gi­no­bili missed two free throws to give Hous­ton one last chance, but James Har­den’s 3-point at­tempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. The vic­tory is San An­to­nio’s fifth straight and im­proves the Spurs to 15-1 on the road. It also snaps Hous­ton’s NBA-long 10game win­ning streak. Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points while LaMar­cus Aldridge added 17 points with 10 re­bounds. Har­den fin­ished with 31 points, 10 re­bounds and seven as­sists.


Kemba Walker had 28 points and 10 as­sists while Marco Be­linelli scored 11 fourth-quar­ter points as Char­lotte ral­lied from 19 down to beat Los Angeles. Walker had 15 points in the third quar­ter and a key re­bound with 27.9 sec­onds left in the fourth to set up a tiebreak­ing jumper by Ni­co­las Ba­tum with 13 sec­onds re­main­ing. Ba­tum had 23 points on 8-of-12 shoot­ing and added 10 as­sists. Be­linelli fin­ished with 13 points. Jor­dan Clark­son paced the Lak­ers with 25 points with 7-of-9 3-point shoot­ing and Nick Young added 24 points while hit­ting 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Los Angeles made 16 of 33 3-point at­tempts (48.5 per­cent) but the Hor­nets still se­cured their sec­ond straight vic­tory.


Isa­iah Thomas scored a ca­reer-high 44 points, in­clud­ing 36 af­ter half­time, to lead Bos­ton past Mem­phis in over­time. Af­ter the Grizzlies took a 106-105 lead on a re­bound bas­ket by Tony Allen with 1:10 left in the ex­tra pe­riod, the Celtics scored the next five points. Al Hor­ford had 17 points and 14 re­bounds for the Celtics, who over­came a 17-point deficit in the sec­ond half to win their third straight. Avery Bradley added 16 points. Thomas also matched his ca­reer best for 3-point­ers, go­ing 7 of 10 from out­side the arc. Marc Ga­sol and Troy Daniels led Mem­phis with 24 points apiece. Mike Con­ley had 19 points and eight as­sists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third in a row - all at home.

MAGIC 136, HEAT 130, 2 OT

Nik Vuce­vic had 26 points and 12 re­bounds while Evan Fournier scored 26 and hit the 3pointer that put Or­lando up for good as the Magic topped Mi­ami in dou­ble over­time. El­frid Pay­ton scored 22 points and Serge Ibaka added 20 for the Magic, who beat Mi­ami for only the third time in the last 19 meet­ings. Tyler John­son had a ca­reer-high 32 points, the most any Heat re­serve has ever scored in a game. Has­san White­side had 32 points and 15 re­bounds for Mi­ami, which wasted a five-point lead in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion and a four-point lead in the last 40 sec­onds of the first over­time.


Carmelo An­thony matched a sea­son high with 35 points as New York used a big sec­ond­half turn­around to beat In­di­ana. The Knicks fell be­hind by 15 in the third quar­ter then sud­denly seized con­trol to snap a three game los­ing streak. An­thony scored 26 in the sec­ond half. Der­rick Rose had 24 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 21 for the Knicks, who re­turned home af­ter a poor fin­ish to their fiveg­ame trip out West. They im­proved to 10-4 at home. Thad­deus Young and Myles Turner each scored 21 points for the Pac­ers, who had won seven straight in the se­ries.

PHILADEL­PHIA: New Or­leans Pel­i­cans’ An­thony Davis, top, goes up for a shot against Philadel­phia 76ers’ Robert Cov­ing­ton, from left, Er­san Ilyasova and Ner­lens Noel dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Tues­day, in Philadel­phia. New Or­leans won 108-93.

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