Cavaliers end three-game skid

CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cavaliers rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-100.

Kevin Love added 18 points, and a second-half lineup adjustment by coach David Blatt helped Cleveland break a three-game losing streak.

James, who didn’t play Saturday in Miami to rest, scored 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer and a three-point play down the stretch. He shot 14 for 24 from the field.

Damian Lillard scored 33 points for Portland, which blew a late lead Monday in Milwaukee and appeared to run out of gas as Cleveland came back in the second half.

Klay Thompson scored a season-high 39 points, Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists, and the Golden State Warriors extended their perfect start with a 131-123 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

The Warriors improved to 23-0. They have won 27 straight dating to last season, tying the 2012-13 Heat for the second-longest streak in NBA history.

Thompson scored 29 points in the first half. Golden State led by 28 in the fourth quarter before the Pacers pulled within six in the final 25 seconds.

Indiana was led by Paul George with 33 points and C.J. Miles with 24.

Indiana tied a dubious franchise record in its NBA era by allowing 44 first-quarter points and barely avoided another record-breaking defensive low when it trailed 79-60 at the half.

In other results, the Brooklyn Nets completed a season sweep of the Houston Rockets for the first time in 14 years with a 110-105 victory, Oklahoma City Thunder pounded the Memphis Grizzlies 125-88 and the Orlando Magic had a scrappy 85-74 win over the Denver Nuggets.1-010

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