LeBron James scored 31 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 118-114 victory against the Utah Jazz.
Cavaliers 118, Jazz 114
LeBron James scored 31 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, as the Cleveland Cavaliers earned a 118-114 victory against the Utah Jazz. The Cavaliers trailed by as many as nine in the fourth, but James stole a pass and dribbled the length of the floor for an impressive three-point play to pull the Cavs within 95-94.
Jazz guard Rodney Hood did his best to wrap up James and prevent the shot but he powered through for the basket and foul. The play revived the slumbering Cavaliers, who remained unbeaten at home (5-0) with their seventh straight victory.
Heat 101, Lakers 88
Kobe Bryant did not make a final game appearance at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, but the Miami Heat were just fine with having the 17-time All-Star guard in street clothes.
With Bryant a late scratch to give him a rest, the Heat handled the Los Angeles Lakers 101-88.
Chris Bosh led the Heat with 30 points on nine-of-16 shooting from the field and 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Thunder 125, Wizards 101
Kevin Durant did not play the second half after suffering a hamstring injury, but Russell Westbrook picked up the slack with a triple-double as theOklahoma City Thunder trounced the Washington Wizards 125-101.
Westbrook finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder (5-3), who led 68-50 at halftime and by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Knicks 111, Raptors 109
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and the New York Knicks held on in the fourth quarter to defeat the Toronto Raptors 111-109. It was the second win in a row for the Knicks (4-4) and the third straight loss for the Raptors (5-3).
Lance Thomas scored 15 points off the bench for the Knicks and Langston Galloway scored 15, also as a reserve. Robin Lopez had 12 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.
Celtics 99, Bucks 83
A 16-0 third-quarter run propelled the Boston Celtics to an easy 99-83 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Isiah Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who also got 12 from Jae Crowder and 11 from Jered Sullinger.
Hornets 104, Timberwolves 95
Charlotte guards Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb helped key the Hornets’ 104-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Lin scored a game-high 19 points, while Lamb added 18 points and four rebounds to give the Hornets their second road victory of the year.
Pelicans 120, Mavericks 105
Ryan Anderson scored 25 points as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped a season-opening, six-game losing streak with a 120-105 victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Smoothie King Arena.
However, the win may have been costly as forward Anthony Davis sustained a calf injury early in the third quarter and did not return. Davis scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 19 minutes.