Cleveland Cavaliers escape with win over Pelicans

(The Sports Xchange) – Eric Gordon scored 31 points off the bench and James Harden recorded his third consecutive triple-double as the Houston Rockets overturned a 15-point deficit to record a 101-91 win over the Washington Wizards.

LeBron James

After combining for 22 points in the third quarter, Gordon and Harden totaled 17 points in the fourth. Gordon shot 11-for-18 in 36 minutes while Harden overcame poor shooting to post 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Houston stretched their winning streak to five games.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 27 points while John Wall added 18 points and 12 assists.

Cavaliers 90, Pelicans 82

LeBron James scored 26 points and Channing Frye added 14 off the bench as the Cleveland Cavaliers escaped with victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kevin Love scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds before leaving late in the fourth quarter because he was ill. He shot just 5-of-19 from the floor and missed all seven of his three-point attempts.

The Cavs’ starting backcourt of DeAndre Liggins and Jordan McRae combined to shoot just 2-of-10 in 34 minutes, and neither appeared in the fourth quarter.

The Cavs shot 37.8 percent — one of their worst-shooting performances of the season.

Bucks 98, Thunder 94

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and Jabari Parker added 19 as the Milwaukee Bucks rallied late and then held on down the stretch for victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Russell Westbrook scored 30 points to lead the Thunder and finished with seven rebounds and six assists.

The Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon and John Henson added 12 points each, while Greg Monroe chipped in 15 off the bench.

Jazz 101, Nets 89

Gordon Hayward scored 13 of his 30 points in the third quarter as the Utah Jazz overcame a sluggish start to beat the Brooklyn Nets.

Rodney Hood added eight of his 15 points in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter for Utah. Rudy Gobert collected 15 and 16 rebounds for his 24th double-double and Shelvin Mack contributed 15 points.

Trevor Booker led the Nets with 17 points and 15 rebounds. He achieved his 11th double-double of the season by halftime but did not score and had one rebound in the fourth quarter.

Magic 115, Knicks 103

Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton came off the bench to record double-doubles in the Orlando Magic’s win over the New York Knicks.

Vucevic scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Payton contributed 13 points and 14 assists for the Magic.

Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 23 points while Serge Ibaka and Aaron Gordon scored 22 points apiece for the Magic. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points to lead the Knicks, who have lost five successive games. Derrick Rose chipped in with 18 points.

Warriors 127, Nuggets 119

Reserves Andre Iguodala, David West and Shaun Livingston hit consecutive hoops during a key stretch of the fourth quarter that allowed Golden State to stave off Denver for a victory.

Draymond Green posted his second triple-double of the season with 15 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, and Klay Thompson (25), Stephen Curry (22) and Kevin Durant (21) helped the Warriors become the NBA’s first 30-game winner this season with the 10th victory in their last 11 games.

Clippers 109, Suns 98

J.J. Redick scored 22 points and Jamal Crawford contributed 18 as the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a six-game skid with a 109-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Point guard Raymond Felton scored 16 points and center DeAndre Jordan pulled down 20 rebounds to go with nine points for the Clippers. Luc Mbah a Moute chipped in 13 points. T.J. Warren tallied 24 points and eight rebounds for the Suns, who lost for the fourth time in five games and the eighth time in the last 10.

 

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