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LeBron James leads Cavaliers past Kings

By AP - Feb 09,2016 - Last updated at Feb 09,2016

Sacramento Kings’ Omri Casspi (centre) from Israel drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Timofey Mozgov (left) from Russia, and Iman Shumpert in their NBA game in Cleveland, on Monday (AP photo by Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 120-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points for Cleveland. The point guard was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists.

It was James’ first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP rested during the fourth quarter.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built their lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

Clippers 98, 76ers 92, OT

J.J. Redick had 23 points, including the tying three-pointer late in regulation and Jamal Crawford also scored 23 points to lead the short-handed Clippers to the win.

The Clippers overcame their largest deficit in a victory this season, coming back from 19 points down to win their 19th game in the last 23 overall and 12th in the last 14 on the road.

Jerami Grant had 17 points to lead the 76ers, who were looking for their first winning streak of the season.

Los Angeles took control in overtime, scoring the first eight points in the extra session as Philadelphia missed 10 straight shots to end regulation and start OT.

Magic 117, Hawks 110, OT

Nikola Vucevic scored 25 of his 28 points after halftime and Orlando rallied from 20 points down to beat Atlanta in overtime.

Orlando, which trailed by 20 in the opening period and by 18 in the third, took their first lead at 96-94 on Mario Hezonja’s three-pointer with 3:33 remaining in regulation.

Orlando scored the first six points of overtime, including a jumper by Vucevic, who also had 13 rebounds. Kyle Korver’s three-pointer pulled the Hawks to 112-110, but Evan Fournier answered with a 3 for the Magic.

Al Horford led Atlanta with 27 points, and Paul Millsap had 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 112, Grizzlies 106, OT

Damian Lillard scored 33 points for Portland, and C.J. McCollum had six of his 21 points in overtime.

McCollum scored the first three baskets of OT to create a buffer for the Trail Blazers.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 27 points. Zach Randolph added 26 points as the Grizzlies lost their second straight overtime game.

Thunder 122, Suns 106

Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and Oklahoma City pulled away in the final four minutes to hand Phoenix its eighth consecutive loss.

The Suns, losers of 23 of their last 25 games, were in it most of the way and led by as many as six late in the third quarter. But Durant sank two three-pointers in a 16-4 Oklahoma City run to finish the game.

Russell Westbrook added 29 points for the Thunder, who were coming off a 116-108 loss at Golden State on Saturday night.

Markieff Morris scored 23 points for Phoenix, and Archie Goodwin had 20.

Raptors 103, Pistons 89

Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, and Toronto went on an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away for their 14th victory in 15 games.

Terrence Ross added 18 points for the Raptors, who recovered quickly after Detroit’s Andre Drummond made a shot from about 24m to end the third quarter. Toronto led 70-65 at the start of the fourth, and Lowry’s driving three-point play set the tone for the final period.

Drummond had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Pistons.

Nets 105, Nuggets 104

Joe Johnson’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted Brooklyn to the victory.

Thaddeus Young scored 20 points for the Nets. Markel Brown added a career-high 19 and Johnson finished with 12 points and eight assists.

Danilo Gallinari had 24 points and Kenneth Faried added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Pelicans 116, Timberwolves 102

Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points apiece, and New Orleans snapped a four-game losing streak.

Davis grabbed eight rebounds and Holiday had nine assists and five boards as well. Ryan Anderson chipped in 26 points and the Pelicans turned 12 turnovers into 21 points while turning the ball over just four times themselves.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were looking for their first three-game winning streak since November 27. They shot 44 per cent and trailed by as many as 28 in a lacklustre effort.

Pacers 89, Lakers 87

Indiana’s Paul George scored all seven of his second-half points in the final 71 seconds and Monta Ellis made two free throws with 20.6 seconds left to clinch the win.

George finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Myles Turner added 14 points and 13 rebounds on a night the Pacers (28-24) blew a 17-point second-half lead, and then scored nine straight points for the win.

Kobe Bryant scored 19 points in his final appearance in Indianapolis. He made three straight three-pointers to give the Lakers an 82-79 lead with 2:30 left to play. But he also missed two threes in the final 20 seconds.

Los Angeles (11-43) has dropped 16 of its last 19 games.

Hornets 108, Bulls 91

Kemba Walker scored 30 points, powering Charlotte to the victory.

Nicolas Batum had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, who won their third straight over the Bulls at home. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 20 points.

 

Pau Gasol finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago.

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