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NBA roundup: Cavaliers down Bulls, Grizzlies snap 19-game skid

NBA roundup: Cavaliers down Bulls, Grizzlies snap 19-game skid
By Reuters

18/03/2018 at 12:15Updated 18/03/2018 at 13:15

LeBron James notched his 70th career triple-double with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as Cleveland held off a second-half rally by host Chicago.

Cavaliers 114, Bulls 109

LeBron James notched his 70th career triple-double with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists as Cleveland held off a second-half rally by host Chicago.

James, who has 15 triple-doubles this season, became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 70 for his career, joining Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138), Jason Kidd (107), Russell Westbrook (101) and Wilt Chamberlain (78).

Jeff Green added 21 points for Cleveland, which won for the second time in three games and finished its six-game road trip at .500. Denzel Valentine scored a career-high 34 points on a personal-best 8-of-11 shooting from 3-point range to lead Chicago.

Memphis Grizzlies 101, Denver Nuggets 94

Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and Tyreke Evans added 20 points and seven assists as the Memphis Grizzlies ended a 19-game losing streak by beating the visiting Denver Nuggets 101-94.

Wayne Selden scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and Marc Gasol scored 14 for the Grizzlies, who won for the first time since defeating the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 29. Jarell Martin collected 13 rebounds and JaMychal Green grabbed 11 for Memphis.

Nikola Jokic recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds and Jamal Murray scored 16 for Denver, which shot just 36.8 percent from the field.

Rockets 107, Pelicans 101

James Harden had 32 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as Houston defeated visiting New Orleans. Chris Paul added 21 points, Trevor Ariza scored 17 and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets.

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 19 for the Pelicans, who lost for the fourth time in five games, further loosening their hold on a Western Conference playoff spot.

Spurs 117, Timberwolves 101

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 39 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help lift San Antonio to a win over the Timberwolves.

San Antonio has won three consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 23-28 and has pulled into a tie with Minnesota in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 23 points and nine rebounds.

Wizards 109, Pacers 102

Bradley Beal scored 19 points and led the way as five Wizards finished in double figures, helping Washington post a victory over visiting Indiana.

The win gave Washington a victory in the season series 2-1 -- which means the Wizards would get the tiebreaker if the teams end up with the same record at season's end. Both teams are now 40-30.

Marcin Gortat (18 points), Kelly Oubre Jr. (16 points), Markieff Morris (15 points) and Tomas Satoransky (12 points, eight assists) also scored in double figures for Washington. Indiana's Lance Stephenson scored a game-high 25 points.

Knicks 124, Hornets 101

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 25 points and four bench players scored in double figures as host New York defeated Charlotte.

Hornets center Dwight Howard, who had a string of recent 30-point games, had just 14 points to go along with his 13 rebounds, and Dwayne Bacon had 15 points off the bench for Charlotte, which lost for the seventh time in nine games.

New York, which came into the game having lost nine straight and 17 of 18, broke out of its slump with a huge offensive performance, particularly in the third quarter, when the Knicks racked up 42 points.

Bucks 122, Hawks 117

Taurean Prince matched his career-high with 38 points, but it wasn't enough to halt Atlanta's losing streak, which grew to six games with a loss at Milwaukee.

Prince made 13 of 26 shots, including four 3-pointers, while grabbing eight rebounds. Atlanta also got 18 with nine assists from Dennis Schroder.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 33 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a pair of blocks. Khris Middleton overcame a slow start to finish with 23 points.

Nets 114, Mavericks 106

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 23 points as Brooklyn clamped down defensively in the fourth quarter and beat visiting Dallas.

Hollis-Jefferson recorded his 10th game with at least 20 points as the Nets outscored Dallas 26-17 in the fourth quarter and held the Mavericks to 7-of-20 shooting from the field in the final 12 minutes.

D'Angelo Russell added 22 points and six assists as the Nets won for the fourth time in 23 games. DeMarre Carroll posted his 12th double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Brooklyn. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with

21 points but also exited the game in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

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