Pis­tons stun Cavs to ease out of slump

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

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.

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