James scores 37 as Cava­liers roll over Thun­der 120-112

Den­ver past slump­ing San An­to­nio

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

LOS AN­GE­LES: LeBron James scored 37 points as the vis­it­ing Cleve­land Cava­liers beat the Oklahoma City Thun­der 120-112 on Tues­day. James shot 14 of 23 from the field and added eight as­sists and eight re­bounds. It was his 417th ca­reer 30-point game and fifth with at least 35 points this sea­son. JR Smith hit six 3-point­ers and added 18 points for the Cava­liers, who won their fourth straight. Cleve­land re­ceived pro­duc­tive show­ings from its new ac­qui­si­tions who were mak­ing their sec­ond ap­pear­ance with the team: Rod­ney Hood (14 points), Jor­dan Clark­son (14 points), Larry Nance Jr. (13 points, nine re­bounds) and Ge­orge Hill (seven points). Paul Ge­orge led the Thun­der with 25 points. Carmelo An­thony, back after miss­ing two games with a sprained right an­kle, added 24. Steven Adams con­trib­uted 22 points and 17 re­bounds, and Rus­sell West­brook re­turned from miss­ing two games with a sprained left an­kle to to­tal 21 points and 12 as­sists.

ROCK­ETS 126, TIM­BER­WOLVES 108

Ryan An­der­son buried four 3-point­ers in the fourth quar­ter, and Hous­ton con­tin­ued the bar­rage from be­hind the arc in a victory at Min­nesota. An­der­son scored 12 of his 21 points in the fi­nal frame and was the ig­ni­tion for a Rock­ets of­fense that hit 10 3-point­ers in the fourth en route to a 42-point pe­riod. James Har­den paced the Rock­ets with 34 points and 12 as­sists, drilling 6 of 10 treys, as did An­der­son. The Tim­ber­wolves lost at Tar­get Cen­ter for the first time since Dec. 16, end­ing their 13-game home win­ning streak. Karl-An­thony Towns led Min­nesota with 35 points and 12 re­bounds, while Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight as­sists.

RAP­TORS 115, HEAT 112

DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Kyle Lowry added 22 points and eight as­sists as Toronto de­feated vis­it­ing Mi­ami for its sixth con­sec­u­tive victory. A Wayne Elling­ton 3-pointer with 6.6 se­conds left cut Toronto’s lead to 114-112. CJ Miles made one free throw, and Mi­ami’s Josh Richard­son raced up­court, miss­ing a 3-pointer off the back iron that would have sent the game to over­time. Go­ran Dragic led the Heat with 28 points. Dwyane Wade, in his sec­ond game back with Mi­ami, pro­duced 10 points, 11 re­bounds and six as­sists.

Tim­ber­wolves lose at Tar­get Cen­ter for the first time

NUGGETS 117, SPURS 109

Nikola Jo­kic amassed 23 points, 13 re­bounds and 11 as­sists to record his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son while lead­ing host Den­ver past slump­ing San An­to­nio. Bar­ton had 20 points for the Nuggets while Wil­son Chan­dler and Ja­mal Mur­ray scored 17 each. San An­to­nio, with lead­ing scorer and re­bounder LaMar­cus Aldridge miss­ing the game due to a sore knee, lost its third con­sec­u­tive con­test and fifth in the past six out­ings. The Spurs got a ca­reer-high 26 points and 11 re­bounds from Jof­frey Lau­vergne plus 17 points from Tony Parker.

BUCKS 97, HAWKS 92

Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 13 of his 21 points in the sec­ond half as Mil­wau­kee over­came a slow start to beat vis­it­ing At­lanta. Mid­dle­ton hit 7 of 15 shots, grabbed seven re­bounds and fin­ished with three steals. Team­mate Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo also shook off a cold start, mak­ing 4 of 6 shots in the sec­ond half and fin­ish­ing with 15 points, 15 re­bounds, three steals and two blocks. Den­nis Schroder led the Hawks with 18 points, and Kent Baze­more made four 3-point­ers to fin­ish with 17 points. At­lanta’s De­wayne Ded­mon con­trib­uted 13 points and 10 re­bounds. KINGS 114, MAV­ER­ICKS 109

Zach Ran­dolph scored 11 of his game-high 22 points while Sacra­mento was run­ning up a 14-point lead in the first quar­ter, paving the way to a win at Dal­las. The victory was the Kings’ sec­ond in three meet­ings with the Mav­er­icks this sea­son. J.J. Barea had a 19-point, 13as­sist dou­ble-dou­ble for Dal­las, which joined At­lanta and Phoenix as the NBA’s first three 40-game losers. Berea’s as­sist to­tal was a sea­son high. —

AFP

OKLAHOMA CITY: Jerami Grant #9 of the Oklahoma City Thun­der goes for the jump ball against the Cleve­land Cava­liers on Tues­day at Ch­e­sa­peake En­ergy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. —

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