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Nets extend streak, Pacers end theirs...Nuggets outscore Mavs...Kansas, Duke win

December 19, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nets have the NBA’s longest current winning streak after D’Angelo Russell delivered 22 points and a career-high 13 assists against his ex-team to lead Brooklyn to its sixth win in a row, 115-110 over the Lakers. Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who hadn’t won a sixth straight game since April 2015. LeBron James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Pacers’ seven-game winning streak ended when Larry Nance Jr.‘s buzzer-beating tip-in gave the Cleveland Cavaliers a 92-91 victory at Indiana. Nance finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cavs’ third road victory of the season. Rodney Hood scored 17 points to help the Cavaliers end a three-game skid. The Pacers were ahead 91-90 when Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) missed two free throws with 9.5 seconds left, giving Cleveland new life.

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets ran their home winning streak to seven games as Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) provided 32 points and 16 rebounds to a 126-118 triumph over the Mavericks. Jamal Murray dished out a career-high 15 assists for the Nuggets, whose 21-9 record matches the best 30-game start since 1976-77, their first season in the NBA. Murray contributed 22 points for the injury-depleted Nuggets, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dedric Lawson had 16 points and 14 rebounds as top-ranked Kansas hammered South Dakota, 89-53 to move to 10-0. Charlie Moore hit six 3-pointers in an 18-point performance, and freshman forward David McCormack added a career-best 12 points off the bench. Kansas has won 40 straight in Allen Fieldhouse as the nation’s No. 1 team.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett poured in 27 points and fellow freshman Zion Williamson added 17 with 10 rebounds as No. 2 Duke blasted Princeton, 101-50. The Blue Devils didn’t take their first lead until the 14-minute mark, but Duke scored on 10 of 11 possessions to close the first half, and four straight after intermission to take a 48-28 lead. The Blue Devils shot 64 percent in the first half and improved to 10-1.

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