Pistons stun Cavs to ease out of slump
Tobias Harris scored 21 points and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of LeBron James’ absence to snap a five-game losing streak by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-90 on Monday night at The Palace.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points, Marcus Morris supplied 15 and Jon Leuer and Reggie Jackson chipped in 13 eacht. Andre Drummond added 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in a game the last-place Pistons (15-18) never trailed.
James, who played 40 minutes in Cleveland’s 109-108 win over Golden State on Christmas Day, sat in street clothes as coach Tyronn Lue opted to give him the night off. James was rested in two other games this season after playing a home game the previous night.
NETS 120, HORNETS 118
Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing streak. The Nets won the game when Foye took the inbounds pass from Bojan Bogdanovic, moved a few steps to his left by the top of the key with Kemba Walker draped on him and quickly released the shot just before the buzzer. The Nets needed Foye’s dramatic shot because of what unfolded on the previous possession. Tyler Zeller converted a putback with 2.3 seconds left after Walker’s drive was blocked by Trevor Booker and the Nets failed to get the rebound.
ROCKETS 131, SUNS 115
James Harden posted his 24th double-double and Houston turned a breakout first quarter into a win over Phoenix.
The Rockets (23-9) posted their second victory over the Suns (9-22) in less than a week by establishing an early lead and not squandering it like they did last week in Phoenix, when Houston didn’t pull away for good until the fourth quarter. The Rockets scored 39 points in the first quarter and led by as many as 34 points in the second half, draining 15 3-pointers en route to victory.
TIMBERWOLVES 104, HAWKS 90
Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each scored more than 20 points and Minnesota tied a season high with 15 3-pointers. LaVine, Towns and Wiggins combined to go 13 of 18 from beyond the arc. LaVine had 21 points and connected for six 3s. Towns had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Wiggins scored 21 as Minnesota (10-21) came back strong a day after playing on Christmas for the first time in team history. Atlanta, which had the weekend off after winning its fourth straight road game on Friday in Denver, was the team out of sync. The Hawks committed 19 turnovers and shot just 42.2 percent from the field.
BULLS 90, PACERS 85
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and five assists and Chicago held on against Indiana. Nikola Mirotic added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Bulls. Forward Jimmy Butler contributed 16 points despite going 3 of 12 from the field. Chicago (15-16) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-6 on its home court.