NBA roundup: James, retooled Cavs roll in Boston
On the day the Celtics retired Paul Pierce's number, LeBron James stole the spotlight, leading the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers to a 121-99 victory against former teammate Kyrie Irving and host Boston on Sunday.
James had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Cleveland was playing its
first game with a full squad after making a series of deadline-day trades to
retool its roster, with George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry
Nance Jr. all making their Cavs debuts.
Clarkson finished with 17 points while Hood and J.R. Smith each added 15. Hill
had 12 and Nance chipped in five to help the Cavs to a second straight win.
Irving led the Celtics with 18 points and five assists. Marcus Morris was the
only other player in double figures with 17 for Boston, which dropped its
Rockets 104, Mavericks 97
Chris Paul guided host Houston to a victory over undermanned Dallas.
Paul finished with 25 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and three steals,
providing the spark down the stretch of the third quarter that enabled the
Rockets to extend their winning streak to eight games.
James Harden added 27 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Clint Capela
posted a double-double (16 points, 11 boards) for Houston. The Mavericks left
Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and J.J. Barea back in Dallas following their
home triumph over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. They received 20
points from Yogi Ferrell and a 18 points and 12 rebounds from Dwight Powell.
Thunder 110, Grizzlies 92
Paul George amassed 33 points, eight assists and three steals as short-handed
Oklahoma City routed visiting Memphis.
Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points, but Memphis dropped its sixth
Raptors 123, Hornets 103
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points and visiting Toronto wore out travel-weary
CJ Miles posted 24 points off the bench and Jonas Valanciunas supplied 21
points for Toronto, which shot 56.3 percent from the field. The Raptors won
their fifth game in a row, though the other four came at home.
The Hornets had returned home Saturday morning after finishing a four-game
West Coast trip with Friday night's loss at Utah. A night earlier, they lost
in overtime at Portland. Charlotte lost its fourth game in a row Sunday
despite 23 points from Kemba Walker and 17 points and 13 rebounds from Dwight
Timberwolves 111, Kings 106
Karl-Anthony Towns' 22-footer broke a late tie, and Minnesota went onto beat
Sacramento in Minneapolis for its 13th consecutive home win.
Towns led all scorers with 29 points for the Timberwolves, who snapped a
two-game losing streak. Jimmy Butler added 18 points, and Andrew Wiggins added
16 points to go with eight rebounds for Minnesota.
Rookie De'Aaron Fox had 23 points for the Kings, who lost for the fourth time
in five games.
Hawks 118, Pistons 115
Dewayne Dedmon converted a three-point play that gave Atlanta a late lead and
then knocked down a clutch 3-pointer to help the Hawks beat visiting Detroit.
Atlanta was down 107-104 with 2:24 play but mounted an 8-0 run, fueled by
Dedmon, to take the lead. Dedmon grabbed an offensive rebound, hit a layup and
made the ensuing free throw that put the Hawks in front. He followed with a
3-pointer from the right wing as the shot clock was winding down on Atlanta's
next possession that put the Hawks up 112-107.
Dennis Schroder scored 23 points and went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the
final seconds to seal the win for Atlanta. Dedmon finished with 20 points and
13 rebounds. Andre Drummond scored 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and
Reggie Bullock added 20 points for the Pistons, who have dropped two straight.
Pacers 121, Knicks 113
Victor Oladipo scored 30 points to lead Indiana past New York in Indianapolis.
Oladipo added nine assists and eight rebounds to go along with six steals.
Bojan Bogdanovic had 20 points, and Thaddeus Young delivered a double-double
with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers.
Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. shared top-scoring honors for the Knicks with
17 points. Kanter, who had 11 rebounds, was able to return after missing the
previous game following oral surgery.
Jazz 115, Trail Blazers 96
Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and Joe Ingles 24 to lead visiting Utah past
Rudy Gobert contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Jazz won their ninth
consecutive game and ended Portland's nine-game home winning streak. Jae
Crowder -- donning a Utah uniform for the first time after a three-team trade
-- chipped in 15 points and five rebounds off the bench.
Damian Lillard, coming off a 50-point game Friday at Sacramento, led the Trail
Blazers with 39 points. Portland's CJ McCollum added 22.
--Field Level Media