Indianapolis • Lance Stephenson had 16 issues and 11 rebounds, Darren Collison scored 22 issues and the Indiana Pacers rallied from a 22-point, first-half deficit to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 97-95 on Friday night time.
The Pacers have received 3 of 4 and advanced to Three-Zero towards the three-time protecting Eastern Conference champs.
LeBron James did the entirety he may just to save you the Cavs from dropping a third straight recreation. He completed with 27 issues, 11 assists and 8 rebounds, whilst Kevin Love had 21 issues and 10 rebounds.
But James had two probabilities within the ultimate two seconds to win it and neglected each alternatives — after Victor Oladipo gave Indiana the lead for just right on a Three-pointer with 2:09 left within the recreation.
First, the four-time MVP stepped out of bounds with 1.7 seconds to move, a play that used to be showed on replay evaluate. Then, after Collison made a loose throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James’ desperation Three bounced excessive off the rim because the buzzer sounded.
Warriors 108, Bucks 94 • In Milwaukee, Kevin Durant scored 26 issues, Draymond Green added 21 and Golden State used a 13-Four run within the fourth quarter to beat the Bucks.
With sharpshooting celebrity Stephen Curry nonetheless sidelined by way of a proper ankle harm, the Warriors clamped down on protection and did maximum in their injury at the different finish within the lane.
Durant’s mid-range jumper gave Golden State a 96-90 lead prior to the All-Star ahead hit an open Three with 2:15 left to cap the run with a three-possession lead. The Warriors had been simply Three of 13 from Three-point fluctuate till Durant and Green hit back-to-back 3s within the ultimate Three mins to seal their 11th straight highway win.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 issues to lead the Bucks. They had been outscored 28-12 within the fourth after hitting simply five of 20 from the sector.
Timberwolves 118, Knicks 108 • In Minneapolis, Karl-Anthony Towns fell one help shy of his 2nd profession triple-double, scoring 23 issues and grabbing 15 rebounds in Minnesota’s victory over New York.
Taj Gibson added 17 issues and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 p.c (38 of 67) over the overall 3 quarters to come from in the back of and win their fourth recreation in a row and 11th of 14 general.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 issues for New York. Porzingis used to be Three of five from Three-point territory however Three of 14 from within the arc. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 issues and 11 rebounds, however the Knicks misplaced for the 9th time in 11 video games.
Wizards 125, Magic 119 • In Washington, Bradley Beal and John Wall each and every scored 30 issues and the Wizards snapped a two-game dropping streak.
Ian Mahinmi completed with a season-high 17 issues within the defense-optional recreation. Washington shot 56.eight p.c from the sector and scored a season-high 74 issues within the paint.
Orlando has misplaced seven in a row, 16 of 17 and 27 of its ultimate 31. That stretch integrated a 130-103 rout by way of Washington on Dec. 23.
Elfrid Payton scored 27 issues and Jonathon Simmons had 23 as all 5 Orlando starters reached double figures. Bismack Biyombo completed eight of nine from the sector for a career-high 21 issues. The Magic hit 51.Three p.c in their makes an attempt from the ground after a 6-for-22 fourth quarter.
Pelicans 119, Trail Blazers 113 • In New Orleans, Anthony Davis scored 36 issues in his go back from a proper ankle sprain, and New Orleans beat Portland.
Davis didn’t seem in any respect stricken by way of the harm that saved him out of Wednesday night time’s slender loss in Memphis, scoring on the entirety from explosive dribble drives to hovering dunks.
DeMarcus Cousins had 24 issues and 19 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 25 issues for New Orleans, which hit the midway level of the common season one recreation above .500 and within the Western Conference playoff image, however nonetheless wanting extra consistency and no more sloppiness.
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum each and every scored 23 issues for Portland, which tried 42 Three-pointers and neglected 30 of them.
Nets 110, Hawks 105 • In Atlanta, Spencer Dinwiddie had 20 issues, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, Jahlil Okafor added 17 issues in a reserve position and Brooklyn beat Atlanta.
Dinwiddie made the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left because the Nets snapped a three-game dropping streak to transfer previous an embarrassing 34-point house loss to Detroit two nights previous.
Atlanta guard Dennis Schroder completed with a career-high 34 issues, however after inflicting matchup issues all night time together with his ball-handling, he neglected his ultimate two layup makes an attempt and dedicated a game-ending turnover with five seconds final.
Kent Bazemore had 16 issues for the NBA-worst Hawks, who’ve misplaced 5 of six.
Rockets 112, Suns 95 • In Phoenix, Chris Paul scored 25 issues to lead six Houston avid gamers within the double figures and the Rockets, nonetheless with out injured James Harden, rolled previous the Suns.
Houston, in its 6th straight recreation with Harden sidelined by way of a hamstring harm, led by way of 18 in the second one quarter, 22 on the finish of the third and 27 within the fourth in its 6th consecutive victory over Phoenix.
Clint Capela scored 17 issues and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Rockets, who ruled the forums 53-38. Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza added 18 issues apiece and Eric Gordon 14.
Devin Booker scored 27 and T.J. Warren 21 for the Suns, who had been coming off a house win over Oklahoma City 4 days previous.
Nuggets 87, Grizzlies 78 • In Denver, Will Barton scored 17 issues, Trey Lyles had 16 and the Nuggets overcame a gradual get started to beat Memphis, snapping a season-high, three-game dropping streak.
Nikola Jokic added 14 issues and 9 rebounds for Denver, which performed with out guard Gary Harris, who used to be excused for private causes. It used to be the primary recreation Harris has neglected this season. Barton began in his position.
Marc Gasol had 22 issues and 11 rebounds for Memphis. Tyreke Evans and James Ennis III added 12 issues each and every.