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March 19, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith and Timofey Mozgov scored 17 points apiece and Kyrie Irving had 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off a slow start to win their 14th straight home game, 117-92 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

LeBron James added 16 points for the Cavs, who had seven players score in double figures. Cleveland trailed by 13 in the first quarter before going on a 30-8 run and didn’t look back.

Kevin Love returned after a two-game break to rest his back and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Deron Williams scored 20 to lead the Nets, who are running out of games as they claw to get into the playoffs.

HEAT 108, TRAIL BLAZERS 104

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter, including a jumper with 13.6 seconds left to break a tie and help Miami beat Portland.

Wade made 13 of 26 shots for the Heat, who were down 11 shortly after halftime. Luol Deng had 24 points on 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point range for Miami, which got 20 points and 11 assists from Goran Dragic and a 12-point, 10-rebound night from Hassan Whiteside.

LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Damian Lillard scored 17 for the Trail Blazers, who fell a half-game behind Houston in the race for third in the Western Conference.

THUNDER 122, CELTICS 118

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City end Boston’s five-game winning streak.

Westbrook, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 10 assists, five rebounds and five steals. Enes Kanter had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Morrow added 20 points for Oklahoma City, which moved a half-game ahead of New Orleans in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Marcus Smart, who played college ball at Oklahoma State, led Boston with a career-high 25 points. Kelly Olynyk and Brandon Bass each added 20 points for the Celtics.

Boston shot 64 percent in the first half, the highest percentage the Thunder have allowed in a half this season. Oklahoma City held the Celtics to 42 percent shooting after the break.

RAPTORS 105, TIMBERWOLVES 100

TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and Toronto won its 11th straight home game over short-handed Minnesota.

Terrence Ross added 15 points as the Raptors won for the third time in five games. They spoiled the Toronto debut of 2014 top draft pick Andrew Wiggins, who grew up in the city’s north suburbs.

The Raptors have won seven straight meetings with Minnesota and haven’t lost at home to the Timberwolves since dropping a 108-97 decision on Jan. 21, 2004.

Toronto guard Kyle Lowry left with just under five minutes to go in the third quarter after injuring his back on a hard fall. He did not return.

Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 37 points. Hampered by foul trouble in the first half, Wiggins wasn’t much of a factor in becoming the 15th Canadian player to face the Raptors. He finished with 15 points.

SPURS 114, BUCKS 103

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Danny Green scored 20 points and Tim Duncan added 19 points and seven assists as San Antonio beat Milwaukee.

San Antonio bounced back after an embarrassing overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. After the game, Spurs coach Greg Popovich called it “a pathetic performance.”

The Spurs were much better Wednesday, as Boris Diaw had 18 points and Tony Parker scored 15. San Antonio has won eight of 10.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 19 points.

BULLS 103, PACERS 86

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie forward Nikola Mirotic scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and Pau Gasol had 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead short-handed Chicago over Indiana.

Mirotic, who played 31 minutes off the bench, entered averaging 20.3 points in nine games in March. His previous best scoring month was the 9.9 points he averaged in December.

The Bulls ended a two-game skid despite playing without injured starters Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler and key reserve Taj Gibson.

Solomon Hill had 13 points to lead six players in double figures for Indiana.

MAVERICKS 107, MAGIC 102

DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and Dallas withstood a fourth-quarter meltdown, beating lowly Orlando for its third straight win since an embarrassing home loss to Cleveland.

The Mavericks lost most of a 22-point lead in the second half, letting Orlando get within one in the final minute before finishing off their only opponent with a losing record over eight games.

The challenging stretch started with a 33-point loss to LeBron James’ Cavaliers and ends with consecutive games against defending champion San Antonio.

Elfrid Payton had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but missed an open jumper that could have put the Magic ahead with 30 seconds left after they trailed 70-48 early in the third quarter.

Monta Ellis had 21 points for the Mavericks, who beat Orlando for the seventh straight time.

Victor Oladipo led the Magic with 19 in their sixth consecutive loss.

76ERS 94, PISTONS 83

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ish Smith scored 15 points to pace a balanced offense, and Philadelphia ended a four-game skid with a victory over Detroit.

Jason Richardson added 14 points for Philadelphia, which won for the second time in 10 games. The 76ers continued to have success against the Pistons, winning three of four meetings this season.

Sixers rookie big man Nerlens Noel left in the third quarter with a bruised right foot and didn’t return. Noel, who sat out last season with a left knee injury, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 12. Reggie Jackson, who set a career-high with 20 assists on Tuesday, had a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

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