Har­d­away and Knicks give Cavs fourth loss in 5 games, 114-95

Mur­ray, Jo­kic lead Nuggets to a win over Nets

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CLEVE­LAND: Tim Har­d­away Jr scored 34 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 32 as the New York Knicks handed the Cleve­land Cava­liers their fourth loss in five games, 114-95 on Sun­day night. Cleve­land, which was blown out by Or­lando and lost to Brook­lyn dur­ing this stretch, fell be­low .500 de­spite cut­ting a 19point deficit to six in the fourth quar­ter. LeBron James down­played the Cava­liers’ prob­lems fol­low­ing Satur­day night’s 123101 loss in New Or­leans, but the is­sues con­tin­ued for the de­fend­ing East­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons. New York, after win­ning its first game Fri­day over the Nets, led 89-71 late in the third quar­ter. Cleve­land cut it to 94-88 on James’ drive, forc­ing New York to call a time­out with 8:21 left.

Court­ney Lee scored on a drive and hit a 3-pointer, help­ing the Knicks make it 103-88. New York took its largest lead, 114-93, in the fi­nal minute.

NUGGETS 124, KNICKS 111

Ja­mal Mur­ray scored 26 points, Nikola Jo­kic had 21 points and 14 re­bounds, and Den­ver earned its sec­ond straight vic­tory. Wil­son Chan­dler added 18 points for the Nuggets, and Em­manuel Mu­diay fin­ished with 15.

Spencer Din­wid­die scored 22 points, Ron­dae Hol­lisJ­ef­fer­son had 18 points and Joe Har­ris tied his sea­son high with 16 points for the Nets, who have lost two straight. Den­ver went on a 22-4 run to be­gin the third quar­ter.

BUCKS 117, HAWKS 106 Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo scored 33 points, Khris Mid­dle­ton had 27 and the Bucks cruised to the vic­tory. An­te­tok­oun­mpo also had 11 re­bounds and five as­sists. He went 14 for 21 from the field, scor­ing from all over the floor while help­ing Mil­wau­kee to its third win in its last four games. Den­nis Schroder fin­ished with 21 points and Tau­rean Prince had 17 for At­lanta, which has lost six straight. The Hawks have no in­side ex­pe­ri­ence or size this sea­son after let­ting Paul Mill­sap and Al Hor­ford leave as free agents and trad­ing Dwight Howard to Char­lotte. They were out­re­bounded by 12 and never led.

PAC­ERS 97, SPURS 94

Vic­tor Oladipo made a 3-pointer with about 10 sec­onds left, lift­ing In­di­ana to a rare win against San An­to­nio. Oladipo fin­ished with 23 points and five as­sists, and Do­man­tas Sabo­nis set ca­reer highs with 22 points and 12 re­bounds. It was the third win for the Pac­ers in their last 20 games against the Spurs. LaMar­cus Aldridge had 26 points and eight re­bounds for San An­to­nio, which played with­out Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker again. The Spurs have dropped two in a row.

HOR­NETS 120, MAGIC 113 Kemba Walker had 34 points and 10 as­sists, and Char­lotte snapped Or­lando’s three-game win streak. Walker was 15 of 25 from the field. Dwight Howard had a sea­son-high 22 points against his for­mer team, eight of those com­ing off al­ley-oop dunks - two on as­sists from Walker and two from Jeremy Lamb. Lamb had 20 points, mark­ing his sixth straight game with at least 15 points while fill­ing in for the in­jured Nic Ba­tum. Jonathan Sim­mons led the Magic with 27 points on 9of-15 shoot­ing. Evan Fournier added 23 points, and Ter­rence Ross and Aaron Gor­don each had 17.

Hawks have no in­side ex­pe­ri­ence

WIZARDS 110, KINGS 83

John Wall scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quar­ter and fin­ished with nine as­sists, help­ing the Wizards to the road win. Bradley Beal added 15 points on 6-of-11 shoot­ing for Wash­ing­ton after be­ing fined $50,000 by the NBA ear­lier in the day for his role in a fight with Dray­mond Green of the Golden State War­riors on Fri­day. The lop­sided vic­tory kept the Wizards out of the record books. Wash­ing­ton’s first five games were de­cided by five points or fewer; no team had ever opened the sea­son with six. The Kings shot 27.9 per­cent in the first half and trailed by double dig­its for the fi­nal 43 min­utes. Brian Bog­danovic scored 15 points for Sacra­mento. — AP

CLEVE­LAND: Tim Har­d­away Jr #3 of the New York Knicks looks for a pass while un­der pres­sure from JR Smith #5 of the Cleve­land Cava­liers dur­ing the sec­ond half at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land, Ohio. — AFP

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