NBA roundup: Lakers beat Cavaliers, Heat top Clippers
Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters, right, tries to slap the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers' Kendall Marshall in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Cleveland. The Lakers won 119-108. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:54AM EST
CLEVELAND -- The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of their 119-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points, and Steve Blake had his first career triple-double with 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a seven-game losing streak. The Lakers went 18 for 37 from 3-point range, but Los Angeles' first win in two weeks was overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
The Lakers had eight available players coming into the game. Then Nick Young twisted his left knee in the first half and Chris Kaman fouled out early in the fourth quarter. When Jordan Farmar left with an injury in the final period that left Los Angeles with five players.
Sacre committed his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining, but stayed in the game because coach Mike D'Antoni was out of healthy bodies. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul.
Farmar scored 21 points, and Wesley Johnson added 20 for the Lakers.
C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 27 points. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was taken out with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 11 points as the Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game.
Heat 116, Clippers 112
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- LeBron James had 31 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds, Ray Allen hit a clinching 3-pointer in the final minute, and Miami snapped a five-game road losing streak against Los Angeles.
Allen had 15 points off the bench for the two-time defending NBA champions, who began a six-game road trip that will be interrupted four games in by the All-Star break. Dwyane Wade, one of seven Miami players scoring in double figures, had 14 points and eight assists in his 700th regular-season game. The Heat had lost 10 of their previous 12 road games against the Clippers, and hadn't beaten them at Staples Center since Dec. 9, 2007.
Los Angeles got a season-high 43 points and 13 rebounds from Blake Griffin and 31 points from Jamal Crawford.
Thunder 106, Timberwolves 97
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Oklahoma City won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating a Minnesota team without Kevin Love and two other starters.
Reggie Jackson added 20 points and nine assists to help Oklahoma City become the first team this season to reach 40 wins. The Thunder have won eight straight home games and are 15-1 this season against Western Conference foes at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Ricky Rubio had 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Minnesota.
Spurs 125, Wizards 118, 2OT
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and San Antonio beat Washington Wizards for an NBA-high 16th time in a row.
Patty Mills scored 11 of his 23 points in the two overtimes for the Spurs, who haven't lost to the Wizards since Nov. 12, 2005. The Spurs moved ahead of Miami's 15-game domination of Charlotte for the longest current team-vs.-team streak.
Duncan also had 11 rebounds, and Danny Green added 22 points for San Antonio, but Tony Parker left at halftime with tightness in his lower back and did not return.
Rockets 122, Suns 108
HOUSTON (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds, James Harden added 23 points and Houston beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory.
Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones had 19 points each for Houston.
Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix. The Suns have dropped two in a row after winning five straight.
Trail Blazers 94, Knicks 90
NEW YORK (AP) -- Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and Portland overcame poor-shooting nights by its two All-Stars to beat New York.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 5 of 17 from the floor, and Damian Lillard shot 4 of 12 for his 12 points.
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points on 11-of-28 shooting for New York.
Kings 109, Raptors 101
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Rudy Gay added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Sacramento held off Toronto to earn its fourth win in five games.
The Kings led by 20 points going into the final quarter, when Toronto got going offensively and cut the lead to five points with under a minute to play. But the Kings converted six free throws in the final minute to seal their second straight victory after losing seven straight.
Kyle Lowry had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Raptors. Demar DeRozan scored 18 points, Patrick Patterson 14 and Steve Novak 12, all in the fourth quarter.
The game was the first meeting since the two teams made a seven-player trade on Dec. 9 that brought Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento in exchange for Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes.
Pelicans 105, Hawks 100
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds in New Orleans' victory over Atlanta.
Brian Roberts scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, including an off-balance driving floater with 20.5 seconds left that gave New Orleans a five-point lead.
Eric Gordon added 18 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans have won six of their last nine games.
Paul Millsap scored 26 points for Atlanta.
Celtics 114, 76ers 108
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jeff Green scored 17 of his 36 points in the third quarter to lead Boston.
Jared Sullinger had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Boston. The Celtics improved to 17-33, winning their second straight game after losing 19 of 22. Rajon Rondo added eight points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to help Boston improve to 2-6 since he returned from a serious knee injury.
Thaddeus Young had 20 points for Philadelphia.
Mavericks 110, Grizzlies96
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Brandan Wright added 17 and Dallas used a second-half surge to beat Memphis.
Nowitzki was 10 of 14 from the field, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, to help the Mavericks win their third straight. Samuel Dalembert and Monta Ellis had 14 points apiece and Dalembert added 10 rebounds. Vince Carter had 13 points and seven assists.
Zack Randolph scored 25 points for Memphis.
Nuggets 110, Bucks 100
DENVER (AP) -- Wilson Chandler scored seven of his 24 points in the final 1:52 and Denver held on to beat Milwaukee.
Ty Lawson had 18 points and 13 assists, and Randy Foye scored 20 points for the Nuggets.
Larry Sanders had 25 points and 15 rebounds for short-handed Milwaukee, and Khris Middleton also scored 25 points. The Bucks had nine available players and then lost guard Luke Ridnour to back tightness in the second quarter.
Magic 112, Pistons 98
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points, and Glen Davis had 18 to help Orlando beat Detroit.
Josh Smith scored 25 points for Detroit.