NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks’ franchise-record 19-game winning streak was snapped Monday night in a 115-100 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony Davis had 29 points and 13 rebounds to help New Orleans win for the sixth time in seven games, a stint which includes victories over several contending squads including Dallas and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Jeff Teague scored 21 for Atlanta, but the Hawks fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and failed to even tie it.
Eric Gordon scored 20 points for New Orleans, while Tyreke Evans scored 15 points and tied a season high with 12 assists for the fourth time in five games.
CAVALIERS 97, 76ERS 84
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, LeBron James added 18 points and 11 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers staggered to their 11th straight win.
The winning streak is Cleveland’s longest since reeling off 13 in a row — a franchise record — in 2010, the last season of James’ first stint with the club. The Cavs had trouble putting away the young Philadelphia Sixers, who did all they could to stay close but don’t have the firepower to keep up with Irving, James and one of the NBA’s hottest teams.
Atlanta entered the week on a 19-game win streak.
Jerami Grant and Robert Covington scored 18 apiece for the Sixers.
THUNDER 104, MAGIC 97
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook’s second triple-double of the season and 10th of his career helped the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Orlando Magic without the injured Kevin Durant.
Westbrook, an All-Star point guard, had 25 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.
Durant sat out with a sprained big toe on his left foot. He has played in just 22 games this season, having missed time earlier in the season with a sprained right ankle and a broken bone in his right foot.
Victor Oladipo scored 22 points and Nikola Vucevic scored 20 points for the Magic, who lost their ninth straight.
HORNETS 92, WIZARDS 88
WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Jefferson had 18 points and 12 rebounds Monday night, leading the Charlotte Hornets past the Washington Wizards.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Brian Roberts scored 18 points, and Gerald Henderson put in 17 for the Hornets, who have won six of eight. They went 10-4 in January despite losing Kemba Walker to a knee injury that will keep him sidelined at least six more weeks.
John Wall, who continues to battle a sprained right ankle and migraine-like headaches, scored 16 points with 10 assists for the Wizards, who have dropped three straight.
Bradley Beal led Washington with 18 points and a season-high 11 rebounds.
BUCKS 82, RAPTORS 75
TORONTO (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 25 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the short-handed Milwaukee Bucks snapped a six-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors.
Reduced to nine players when guard Brandon Knight was ruled out before the game with a sore right quadriceps muscle, Milwaukee lost another body when guard O.J. Mayo was ejected after picking up a double technical at 4:07 of the second.
Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 13 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 16 and Lou Williams 12 for the Raptors, who had won six straight overall.
NETS 102, CLIPPERS 100
NEW YORK (AP) — Jarrett Jack made a tiebreaking jumper with 1.3 seconds left, and the Brooklyn Nets used a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Nets ended a seven-game home losing streak by erasing a nine-point deficit in the final 1:35, getting two 3-pointers from Alan Anderson — one a four-point play — one from Joe Johnson and another from Deron Williams in his return from an 11-game absence.
After Chris Paul’s layup tied it at 100 with 8.6 seconds to go, Jack lofted a jumper over 6-foot-11 center DeAndre Jordan.
Brook Lopez scored 24 points and Johnson had 22 for the Nets, who snapped an overall four-game skid and won at home for the first time since beating Sacramento on Dec. 29.
MAVERICKS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 94
DALLAS (AP) — Monta Ellis scored 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks won their first game without injured point guard Rajon Rondo, beating Minnesota in the first game in nearly three months for Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio.
J.J. Barea had 10 points while starting in Rondo’s place. Barea was only 4-of-14 shooting, but had the first and last field goals by Dallas along with two free throws with 17 seconds left to help hold off a comeback try by Minnesota.
Rubio, sidelined since severely spraining his left ankle Nov. 7, had 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with four assists in 21 minutes.
GRIZZLIES 102, SUNS 101
PHOENIX (AP) — Jeff Green converted a three-point play with 4.5 seconds to play and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied from seven down in the final 1:35 to beat the Phoenix Suns for the seventh straight time.
Marc Gasol blocked Markieff Morris’ shot at the finish to preserve the victory.
The Grizzlies, who won their seventh in a row overall and 11th in the last 12 games, scored the final eight points after Isaiah Thomas’ 3-pointer put Phoenix up 101-94 with 1:49 to play. Thomas scored all 24 of his points in the second half, 16 in the fourth quarter.
Mike Conley led Memphis with 23 points.