Highlights of Thursday's NBA games

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[January 20, 2017]  Jan 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of the National Basketball Association games on Thursday:

Wizards 113, Knicks 110

John Wall scored 29 points and recorded 13 assists for his 25th double-double of the season, leading the Washington Wizards to a 113-110 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Knicks. Kristaps Porzingis scored 15 points in his first game back from an Achilles injury.

Cavaliers 118, Suns 103

On the day they were named Eastern Conference All-Star starters, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 47 points in an easy win over Phoenix.

James was one rebound shy of a triple-double after scoring 21 points and matching his season-high of 15 assists. Irving scored 26 points as the Cavs won for just the second time in their last five games.

The Suns' Tyson Chandler scored 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe scored 22 points and passed for nine assists, while Devin Booker had 21 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for the Suns.

Heat 99, Mavericks 95

Goran Dragic scored 32 points and clinched the win with two free throws with three seconds left in the game.

Miami also got 23 points off the bench from Tyler Johnson. Heat center Hassan Whiteside got off to a great start but finished with just 13 points and eight rebounds.

Dallas had its three-game win streak snapped. Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 19 points.

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Spurs 118, Nuggets 104

Kawhi Leonard, who earlier in the evening was announced as a starter for in the NBA All-Star Game, scored 34 points and rookie Dejounte Murray added a career-high 24 as short-handed San Antonio defeated Denver.

Tony Parker missed the game because of left foot pain and center Pau Gasol broke his left ring finger in the layup line during pregame practice, went straight to the San Antonio locker room and did not return.

Also in pregame, Denver ruled out forward Danilo Gallinari, its leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, with a right ankle sprain. Nikola Jokic paced the Nuggets with a career-high 35 points and 12 rebounds.

Timberwolves 104, Clippers 101

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 his 37 points in the second half, and Minnesota edged Los Angeles.

Towns also had 12 rebounds and five assists. His bucket with 44 seconds left and two free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining by Andrew Wiggins, who finished with 27 points, were the difference for Minnesota.

DeAndre Jordan scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Clippers, who were without Chris Paul for the first time since he underwent left thumb surgery on Wednesday. Austin Rivers added 20 points.

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