NBA: James leads Cavs over Pacers

Published January 27, 2018, 7:08 AM

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) shoots over Indiana Pacers' Darren Collison (2). (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Indiana Pacers’ Darren Collison (2). (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND – LeBron James had his 63rd career triple-double – overcoming 11 turnovers – and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed signs of ending their stunning slump with a 115-108 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.

James finished with 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Cavs, following a minor lineup switch by coach Tyronn Lue, wins for just the fourth time in 11 games. However, James kept Indiana close in the fourth with six turnovers.

J.R. Smith added 23 points for Cleveland. Victor Oladipo scored 25 points for Indiana.

PELICANS 115, ROCKETS 113
NEW ORLEANS – Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists before injuring his left Achilles, and New Orleans held off Houston.

A fourth straight victory and seventh victory in eight games coming against one of the NBA’s top teams should have been reason to celebrate, but there was a lot of concern about Cousins, who could not put any weight on his left foot as he was helped to the locker room with less than 15 seconds left. Team officials said an MRI will determine the severity of the injury.

BUCKS 116, NETS 91
MILWAUKEE – Giannis Antetokounmpo had 41 points and 13 rebounds in Milwaukee’s victory over Brooklyn.

Antetokounmpo returned after sitting out two games to manage chronic pain in his right knee. Khris Middleton added 21 points for the Bucks in their second game since coach Jason Kidd was fired Monday.

JAZZ 97, RAPTORS 93
TORONTO – Ricky Rubio made a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to lift Utah past Toronto.

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Rubio finished with 14 points. With Utah trailing 93-92, Rubio made his 3-pointer for the 14th _ and final _ lead change of the game. After DeMar DeRozan missed a jumper, Royce O’Neale sealed it with a pair of free throws.

LAKERS 108, BULLS 103
CHICAGO – Brandon Ingram scored 25 points, including eight in the final 3:18, and Los Angeles rallied to beat Chicago after losing a 12-point, fourth-quarter lead.

Jordan Clarkson had 19 points, and Brook Lopez added 17 for the Lakers. They have won four straight and eight of 10.Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago.

CLIPPERS 109, GRIZZLIES 100
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Lou Williams had 40 points and matched his season-high with 10 assists in Los Angeles’ victory over Memphis.

Williams was 12 of 19 from the field and the Clippers shot 49 percent from the field, going 10 of 27 from outside the arc, to snap a three-game skid. Milos Teodosic added 18 points.

76ERS 97, SPURS 78
SAN ANTONIO – Ben Simmons scored 21 points, Joel Embiid had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and the Philadelphia held San Antonio to a season-low point total.

Simmons added seven assists and five rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points for San Antonio, The Spurs lost for just the fourth time at home this season.

KNICKS 107, SUNS 85
PHOENIX – Enes Kanter scored 15 of his 20 points in the first quarter and New York never trailed in ending its longest road trip of the season with a 107-85 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. 15 for the Knicks on the final stop of a seven-game trip that ended with games on consecutive nights at Denver and Phoenix. Trey Burke scored 15 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for New York.

HORNETS 121, HAWKS 110
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kemba Walker scored 29 points and made two key 3-pointers down the stretch to help Charlotte beat Atlanta.

Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist each added 19 points, and Dwight Howard added 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeremy Lamb scored 12 points off the bench.

TRAIL BLAZERS 107, MAVERICKS 93
DALLAS – Damian Lillard scored 28 points to lead Portland past Dallas.

C.J. McCollum added 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 12 for the Trail Blazers (27-22). They have won four of their past five games, beating Dallas twice. (The Associated Press)

 
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