Highlights of Monday's NBA games - Cavs suffer surprise defeat
Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday as the Cavs suffered a surprise defeat.
Pistons 106, Cavaliers 90
Tobias Harris scored 21 points and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of LeBron James' absence to snap a five-game losing streak by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-90 on Monday night at The Palace.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points, Marcus Morris supplied 15 and Jon Leuer and Reggie Jackson chipped in 13 eacht. Andre Drummond added 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in a game the last-place Pistons (15-18) never trailed.
James, who played 40 minutes in Cleveland's 109-108 win over Golden State on Christmas Day, sat in street clothes as coach Tyronn Lue opted to give him the night off. James was rested in two other games this season after playing a home game the previous night.
Nets 120, Hornets 118
Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing streak.
The Nets won the game when Foye took the inbounds pass from Bojan Bogdanovic, moved a few steps to his left by the top of the key with Kemba Walker draped on him and quickly released the shot just before the buzzer.
The Nets needed Foye's dramatic shot because of what unfolded on the previous possession. Tyler Zeller converted a putback with 2.3 seconds left after Walker's drive was blocked by Trevor Booker and the Nets failed to get the rebound.
Rockets 131, Suns 115
James Harden posted his 24th double-double and Houston turned a breakout first quarter into a win over Phoenix.
The Rockets (23-9) posted their second victory over the Suns (9-22) in less than a week by establishing an early lead and not squandering it like they did last week in Phoenix, when Houston didn't pull away for good until the fourth quarter.
The Rockets scored 39 points in the first quarter and led by as many as 34 points in the second half, draining 15 3-pointers en route to victory.
Timberwolves 104, Hawks 90
LaVine, Towns and Wiggins combined to go 13 of 18 from beyond the arc. LaVine had 21 points and connected for six 3s. Towns had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Wiggins scored 21 as Minnesota (10-21) came back strong a day after playing on Christmas for the first time in team history.
Atlanta, which had the weekend off after winning its fourth straight road game on Friday in Denver, was the team out of sync. The Hawks committed 19 turnovers and shot just 42.2 percent from the field.
Bulls 90, Pacers 85
Dwyane Wade had 21 points and five assists and Chicago held on against Indiana.
Nikola Mirotic added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Bulls. Forward Jimmy Butler contributed 16 points despite going 3 of 12 from the field. Chicago (15-16) snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-6 on its home court.
Pelicans 111, Mavericks 104
Anthony Davis scored 28 points, including nine in the final six minutes, to lift New Orleans over Dallas.
Davis also grabbed 16 rebounds, and Langston Galloway made all five of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 points for New Orleans (12-21).
In winning for the third time in four games, the Pelicans made 12 of 25 3-pointers and placed six players in double figures. E'Twaun Moore totaled 16 points, Buddy Hield 14, Dante Cunningham 11 and Solomon Hill 10.
Wizards 107, Bucks 102
Otto Porter had 32 points and 13 rebounds, and Washington rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
John Wall contributed 18 points and 16 assists for the Wizards (14-16).
Porter drained five 3-pointers, including a long ball from the corner for a 104-100 lead with 49 seconds left. His shot from beyond the arc started a 15-2 run after the Bucks (14-15) took their largest lead at 96-86 lead as Malcolm Brogdon's jumper capped a 12-2 spurt.
Washington was a different team in the home-and-home rematch compared to a 123-96 loss Friday at Milwaukee.
Magic 112, Grizzlies 102
Aaron Gordon scored 30 points and six teammates followed in double figures, leading Orlando over Memphis.
The Magic led from start to finish for the second consecutive game, duplicating a victory on Friday over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies never got closer than 10 points in the second half.
Elfrid Payton had 16 points, including three straight baskets in the fourth quarter that stopped a late Memphis rally. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and six rebounds. Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Jodie Meeks also had 13 points, all in the first quarter.
Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 17 points.
Nuggets 106, Clippers 102
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton contributed 23 points apiece, leading Denver past Los Angeles.
Gallinari also had 11 boards as Denver ended a two-game skid.
Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Austin Rivers added 19 for the Clippers, who played without injured starters Chris Paul (strained left hamstring), J.J. Redick (sore left hamstring) and Blake Griffin (right knee surgery). The defeat was Los Angeles' third straight.
Kings 102, 76ers 100
DeMarcus Cousins finished with 30 points, and his 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 20.9 seconds left lifted Sacramento to its fourth consecutive win.
Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 25 points, but his 3-point attempt from the top of the arc fell short as time expired.
Rudy Gay, back from a hip injury, finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Ty Lawson added 12 for the Kings, who overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period.
Raptors 95, Trail Blazers 91
Kyle Lowry scored 27 points to lead Toronto past Portland.
DeMar DeRozan contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Raptors earned their fourth win in a row and their 14th in 16 outings.
The own seven consecutive road victories. Patrick Patterson added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas collected 12 points and 12 boards for Toronto.
CJ McCollum scored 29 points and handed out seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the sixth time in a row and the 10th time in 11 contests.