King James lords over Dallas
Cavs score eighth consecutive wins
DALLAS – LeBron James had 27 points and the go-ahead layup in overtime, Kyrie Irving added 22 points and some big 3-pointers, and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 110-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks last night.
James’ layup with a minute left in overtime pushed the Cavs ahead, 106-105. After an attempted 3-pointer by Deron Williams rattled out for Dallas, Irving beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Cleveland never led until Irving made a 3-pointer with 10 minutes left in regulation to make it 75-74. That was the first of nine lead changes in a span of less than four minutes that Irving capped with another 3-pointer to put the Cavs up, 85-83.
Chandler Parson led Dallas with 25 points, shooting 10 of 14.Tony Parker scored 31 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting San Antonio won its ninth straight 109-99 over Detroit Pistons.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Detroit with 25 points, while Andre Drummond added 17 points and 10 rebounds.
James Harden scored 25 points, Dwight Howard added 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Houston Rockets won 107-91 over Memphis Grizzlies.
Terrence Jones finished with 20 points for the Rockets, with 10 in the fourth quarter, when Houston pulled away to win its fourth straight game.
Marc Gasol led Memphis with 20 points, while Tony Allen added 17.The Rockets connected on 18 of 35 shots from outside the arc, compared with 7 of 18 for the Grizzlies.
Kevin Durant shrugged off a slow start to finish with 30 points for visiting Oklahoma City in a 101-96 victory over Minnesota.
Durant scored 12 straight for the Thunder in the final three minutes and also had 7 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook added 22 points, 11 assists and 7 rebounds to help Oklahoma City hold off a late charge by the Timberwolves. The Thunder made 9 of 22 3-pointers.
Zach LaVine broke out of a slump with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Minnesota.
Paul George had 21 points and 7 rebounds, and hosts Indiana Pacers pulled away in the fourth quarter to top Phoenix Suns 116-97.
The Pacers outscored the Suns by 36-21 in the final period, with George scoring 9 points. Monta Ellis had all of his 14 points in the second half.
George Hill added 20 points and 5 assists for Indiana. C. J. Miles scored 19 points off the bench.
Devin Booker and Mirza Teletovic each finished with 19 points for Phoenix.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and hosts Milwaukee Bucks slipped by Chicago 106-101 with a late rally.
Jimmy Butler scored 30 points and Nikola Mirotic and Tony Snell added 17 each for the Bulls.