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LeBron’s heroics lift Cavs to overtime win

By Reuters - Feb 08,2018 - Last updated at Feb 08,2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James throws a pass past Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague during their NBA game in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday (Reuters photo by David Richard)

LeBron James capped his 64th career triple-double with a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 140-138 overtime victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

James finished with 37 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists, and he set the stage for his game-winner with a block on Jimmy Butler on the previous defensive possession, the first blocked shot of the game for the Cavaliers.

James followed by catching the inbounds pass from Jeff Green and nailing the jumper to send Cleveland to their first win on national television this season. The Cavaliers had been 0-8 in such games, losing by an average of 18 points per game.

Butler scored a team-high 35 points while Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Jeff Teague also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 15 assists.

 

Rockets 109, Heat 101

 

James Harden scored 41 points to lead Houston to their sixth straight victory, beating host Miami.

Harden was 13-for-25 from the field, including 5-for-12 from behind the 3-point line. Chris Paul added 24 points for the Rockets, while Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson each scored 30 for the Heat.

The teams exchanged leads in the final quarter, but Houston outscored Miami 26-21 for its 10th win in the past 11 games.

 

Spurs 129, Suns 81

 

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Patty Mills added 18 points off the bench as visiting San Antonio blew out Phoenix.

Danny Green had 17 points, and he and Mills hit five 3-pointers apiece for the Spurs, who broke a two-game losing streak. Mills played 17 minutes.

Alex Len had 14 points, Josh Jackson had 13 and Dragan Bender had 12 for the Suns, who tied the worst margin of defeat in franchise history. Phoenix played without leading scorer Devin Booker (hip) for the second consecutive game.

 

Jazz 92, Grizzlies 88

 

Ricky Rubio had 29 points and eight rebounds, and Utah posted their season-best seventh consecutive victory by defeating host Memphis.

Rodney Hood added 18 points as Utah completed a 4-0 road trip. Hood made all eight of his free-throw attempts as part of the Jazz’s 28-of-33 effort from the line. Utah’s Rudy Gobert collected 12 rebounds and scored eight points.

Andrew Harrison scored a season-best 23 points to lead Memphis, who have lost five straight games and seven of its last eight. Marc Gasol added 20 points.

 

Pistons 115, Nets 106

 

Blake Griffin poured in 25 points, Andre Drummond pulled down an NBA season-high 27 rebounds and Detroit stretched their winning streak to five games by downing visiting New Jersey.

Griffin, who joined the Pistons for the second game of the streak, also had a team-best seven assists. Drummond’s rebounding total was two shy of his career high. He also contributed 17 points, three steals and three blocks.

Allen Crabbe scored a career-high 34 points for the Nets, who have lost eight of their past nine.

 

Pacers at Pelicans, postponed

 

The scheduled game between Indiana and host New Orleans was postponed due to concerns about a wet floor inside the Smoothie King Centre.

A makeup date is to be determined.

A leak in the building’s roof allowed rainwater to seep onto the court, and a delay began shortly before the scheduled tipoff. A delay of approximately 90 minutes ensued while officials of the two teams and the NBA office discussed options before the postponed eventually was announced.

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