James has 37, Cavs avenge loss to Thun­der

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OK­LA­HOMA CITY (AP) — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleve­land Cava­liers got a much dif­fer­ent re­sult this time against the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der in a 120-112 vic­tory on Tues­day night.

It was Cleve­land’s se­cond straight win since adding Ge­orge Hill, Rodney Hood, Jor­dan Clark­son and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight vic­tory over­all.

J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cava­liers, who lost to the Thun­der 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very dif­fer­ent ros­ter.

ROCK­ETS 126, TIMBERWOLVES 108 MIN­NEAPO­LIS (AP) — James Har­den had 34 points, 12 as­sists and six re­bounds, and Hous­ton beat Min­nesota for its ninth straight vic­tory.

Ryan An­der­son scored 21 points off the bench as the Rock­ets (43-13) snapped Min­nesota’s 13-game home win­ning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State War­riors for the best record in the NBA. Hous­ton has won for the 16 of its last 18 games. RAP­TORS 115,

HEAT 112 TORONTO ( AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and Toronto beat Mi­ami for its sixth straight win.

Toronto (40-16) im­proved its NBA-best home record to 24-4 and en­sured it will be the top team in the East­ern Con­fer­ence at the All-Star break.

Serge Ibaka had 14 points and 10 re­bounds for the Rap­tors, who also won six straight be­tween Nov. 25 and Dec. 10 and again be­tween Dec. 13 and 23. BUCKS 97, HAWKS 92 MIL­WAU­KEE (AP) — Khris Mid­dle­ton had 21 points to lead a balanced at­tack for Mil­wau­kee, and All-Star for­ward Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo hit two key buck­ets in the fi­nal three-plus min­utes.

Tyler Zeller added 14 points on 7-of-9 shoot­ing in his first game in Mil­wau­kee since join­ing the team on the road be­fore the trade dead­line last week. The Bucks im­proved to 9-2 since Joe Prunty took over as in­terim coach fol­low­ing the fir­ing of Ja­son Kidd, get­ting back in the race for a top-four play­off seed in the East. NUGGETS 117,

SPURS 109 DEN­VER (AP) — Nikola Jo­kic had 23 points, 13 re­bounds and 11 as­sists, Will Bar­ton scored 20 points and the Den­ver Nuggets beat the strug­gling San An­to­nio Spurs 117-109 on Tues­day night.

Jo­kic notched his fourth triple-dou­ble of the sea­son to lead the Nuggets to their fifth win in six games. Den­ver outscored the Spurs 30-19 in the fourth quar­ter to rally from seven down late in the third.

Jof­frey Lau­vergne scored a ca­reer-high 26 points and grabbed 11 re­bounds, and Tony Parker had 17 points for San An­to­nio. The Spurs have lost five of six head­ing into their All-Star break.

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