Point guard John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists as the Washington
Wizards took advantage of James' absence to record a 113-99 win over
the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon.
James missed his second game of the season and the Eastern
Conference-leading Cavaliers (41-17) missed their leading man.
The Wizards (28-30) led after each quarter and by as many as 30
points in the second half en route to handing Cleveland its second
straight loss and third in four games.
Guard Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 28 points. Forward Kevin
Love added 12 points, but didn't score in the second half.
Forward Otto Porter Jr. scored 21 points and matched his career-high
with four 3-pointers for the Wizards, winners of two straight.
Pistons 114, Raptors 101
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Toronto gave All-Star guard Kyle Lowry the day
off to rest, and Detroit took advantage of his absence to win its
fourth straight game while ending the Raptors' four-game winning
The Pistons shot a season-high 57.7 percent from the field, and
center Andre Drummond recorded his NBA-high 51st double-double with
15 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit. Guard Reggie Jackson had a
team-high 19 points and eight assists for the Pistons.
Raptors swingman Terrence Ross scored a season-high 27 points and
shooting guard DeMar DeRozan added 20.
Hawks 87, Hornets 76
ATLANTA -- Center Al Horford had his 200th career double-double with
13 points and 16 rebounds to help the Hawks get their 16th victory
in the past 18 games against the Hornets in Atlanta.
Charlotte, which won five of its previous six road games, was down
by 24 points in the second quarter. The Hornets closed the deficit
to two points five minutes into the fourth quarter with 11 straight
points, but the Hawks then went on a 13-2 streak to regain control.
The Hawks placed five players in double figures, led by forward Kent
Bazemore with 14 points.
Hornets guard Kemba Walker, averaging 20.7 points, scored just nine
points on 3-of-15 shooting. Forward Marvin Williams had 16 points
and nine rebounds for the Hornets.
Trail Blazers 111, Pacers 102
INDIANAPOLIS -- Guard Damian Leonard scored a game-high 33 points to
help the Trail Blazers win for the 13th time in their last 15 games.
Portland made 14 of 24 shots from 3-point range to sweep the
two-game series with Indiana, which has lost three of its last four
Gerald Henderson and guard C.J. McCollum each added 19 for the Trail
Blazers, and 7-footer Meyers Leonard finished with 17.
Indiana got 18 points from guard Monta Ellis, but forward Paul
George had just 11 on 4-of-15 shjooting.
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Magic 130, 76ers 116
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Center Nikola Vucevic and guard Victor Oladipo each
scored 28 points to lead the Orlando's vicory.
The Magic led from start to finish in snapping a two-game losing
streak. The Sixers lost their eighth consecutive game and never got
close than eight points in the final period.
Magic forward Aaron Gordon scored a career-high 22 points. Rookie
guard Mario Hezonja, in his first career start, had 13 points.
Rookie center Jahlil Okafor led the Sixers with 26 points.
Mavericks 128, Timberwolves 101
DALLAS -- Small forward Chandler Parsons scored 29, and the
Mavericks pulled away early and pounded the Timberwolves.
Dallas (32-28) improved to 2-1 halfway through its season-high,
six-game homestand after recording its largest margin of victory
Dallas shooting guard Wesley Matthews hit three 3-pointers and
scored 15 points. Guard Deron Williams added 10 points and nine
The Timberwolves, undermanned due to a rash of injuries and recently
waiving veteran guard Andre Miller, are 9-21 on the road. Small
forward Shabazz Muhammad led the Wolves with 24 points off the
Heat 98, Knicks 81
NEW YORK -- Heat guard Dwyane Wade continued his dominance over the
Knicks, pouring in 26 points, the 40th consecutive game in which
Wade scored in double figures against New York -- his longest streak
against any team.
Forward Joe Johnson made his debut for Miami, scoring 12 points.
Johnson signed with the Heat on Saturday after the Brooklyn Nets
Center Hassan Whiteside scored 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds
off the bench for Miami, which never trailed. Forward Luol Deng
added 15 points.
Forward Carmelo Anthony had 25 points for the Knicks, who lost for
the 10th time in 12 games.
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