The Associated Press
Nov. 08, 2014
DENVER (AP) — LeBron James had 22 points and 11 assists on a poor shooting night by Cleveland's Big Three, helping the Cavaliers hold on for a 110-101 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were a combined 19 of 45 from the floor. The Cavaliers had seven players score in double figures and finished 1-2 on their road trip.
Cleveland wound up with 25 assists two nights after the team tied a franchise record with just six in a loss at Utah.
Randy Foye scored 28 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped four in a row. Denver played without speedy point guard Ty Lawson after he was scratched due to a sore left ankle.
GRIZZLIES 91, THUNDER 89
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Grizzlies remained unbeaten.
Oklahoma City had a chance to take the lead with 5.9 seconds remaining, but the Thunder were called for a five-second violation. Oklahoma City then fouled Courtney Lee, who made one of two free throws. That gave the Thunder the ball, down two, with 2.4 seconds to go. Serge Ibaka missed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key at the buzzer.
Lee scored 17 points and Zach Randolph added 16 for Memphis (6-0).
Reggie Jackson had 22 points for the Thunder (1-5), who again played without injured stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and several other key players.
HORNETS 122, HAWKS 119, 2OT
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Lance Stephenson made a 33-foot jumper off the glass in the second overtime, lifting Charlotte to the victory.
Stephenson inbounded the ball to Marvin Williams and got it back off a handoff before connecting from long range.
He then celebrated by racing to the scorer's table and leaping on top. He started pounding his chest as the crowd went wild.
Al Jefferson scored a season-high 34 points for the Hornets (3-3). Stephenson added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Hornets snapped a six-game losing to the Hawks in Charlotte.
Al Horford led Atlanta (1-3) with 24 points and Jeff Teague added 22. Kyle Korver had 20.
NETS 110, KNICKS 99
NEW YORK (AP) — Deron Williams scored a season-high 29 points and Brooklyn beat New York in the first meeting this season between the city rivals.
Brook Lopez added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who had beaten the Knicks just once on their home floor since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012. The Knicks had won the last three meetings here, but the Nets clearly looked like the best team in the Big Apple on this night.
Williams had only one 30-point game all last season, when the former All-Star battled ankle injuries. But he looked back in his old form while dancing around the Knicks for 10-of-15 shooting and six assists.
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points but shot 5 of 20 for the Knicks, who dropped their third in a row.
KINGS 114, SUNS 112, 2OT
PHOENIX (AP) — Rudy Gay hit a go-ahead turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, leading Sacramento to its fifth consecutive win.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and a season-high 18 rebounds before fouling out on an illegal screen with 34.7 seconds left in regulation. Darren Collison scored 16 and Gay, who was averaging 24.4 points coming into the night, finished with 11.
Eric Bledsoe had 23 points and eight assists for the Suns, who were outscored 22-11 in the fourth quarter.
At 5-1, Sacramento is off to its best six-game start since the 1999-2000 season.
RAPTORS 103, WIZARDS 84
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 10 assists and a season-high 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading Toronto to the win.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points for the Raptors, who are off to the first 5-1 start in team history. Terrence Ross scored a season-high 18 points, and Lou Williams had 13.
Otto Porter scored 13 points and Kris Humphries had 11 for the Wizards, who lost for the first time since a season-opening defeat at Miami.
Washington shot 30 for 83 for a season-worst 36.1 percent. The Wizards' previous low of 37.4 percent was set in Wednesday's overtime win against Indiana.
BULLS 118, 76ERS 115
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Dunleavy scored 12 of his season-high 27 points in the third quarter, and Chicago held on for the win.
Jimmy Butler had 23 points and Pau Gasol added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who improved to 4-0 on the road.
Chicago point guard Derrick Rose sat out after he aggravated his sprained ankles in Wednesday's 95-86 win over Milwaukee. He is day to day.
Tony Wroten had a career-high 31 points for Philadelphia, which fell to 0-6 for its worst start since losing its first 15 in 1972-73 when they set an NBA mark for futility by finishing 9-73.
Philadelphia rookie Nerlens Noel sat out after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday's 91-89 loss to Orlando.
CELTICS 101, PACERS 98
BOSTON (AP) — Jared Sullinger scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Jeff Green pulled down a big offensive rebound for the Celtics.
Boston's surge early in the fourth was interrupted for a few minutes when rookie Marcus Smart injured his left leg and was carted to the locker room. Smart, the No. 6 pick in this year's draft, clutched at his lower leg after getting his arm hooked by Indiana's A.J. Price and crashing to the floor with 11:07 left.
Smart never got up and his teammates gathered around as medical personnel attended to the injury. Coach Brad Stevens said he was waiting on X-rays to see whether Smart sprained his ankle or broke it.
Green finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, grabbing his last one after Avery Bradley's jumper bounced off the rim with 6 seconds left and Boston's lead down to 97-96. Green was fouled and made both free throws to help the Celtics end a three-game skid.
Roy Hibbert had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers. Chris Copeland scored 17, and Donald Sloan added 15 points.
MAGIC 112, TIMBERWOLVES 103, OT
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rookie Aaron Gordon had six of his 17 points in overtime, and the Magic earned their first home win of the season.
Evan Fournier led the Magic (2-4) with 20 points, and Tobias Harris had 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The Timberwolves (2-3) lost point guard Ricky Rubio to a sprained left ankle in the first half. X-rays were negative, and coach Flip Saunders said the injury would be evaluated on Saturday.
Kevin Martin led Minnesota with 21 points, but missed a short jump shot in the final seconds of regulation. Nikola Pekovic and reserve Corey Brewer scored 16 apiece.
Gordon opened overtime with a three-point play, lifting Orlando to a 97-94 lead. He also made a 3-pointer to make it 106-99 with 1:35 left.
MAVERICKS 105, JAZZ 82
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 10 rebounds to help the Mavericks coast to the win.
Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Monta Ellis scored 13 as the Mavericks bounced back from Thursday night's 108-87 loss at Portland. Nowitzki shot 11 of 18, including 5 for 8 from 3-point range.
Alec Burks led the Jazz with 14 points. Gordon Hayward had 12, and Trey Burke and Dante Exum added 11 apiece.
The Jazz committed 23 turnovers, and the Mavericks had a 32-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
PISTONS 98, BUCKS 95
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points and Brandon Jennings added 15 against his former team, leading Detroit to the victory.
Josh Smith shot 5 of 14 from the floor two days after a 2-of-17 game, but had a key putback to give the Pistons a 97-93 lead with 15.1 seconds to play, and then had a key steal.
Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 18 points, while former Pistons guard Brandon Knight added 17 points and nine assists.