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NBA Roundup: James Leads Cavs Past OKC

  • Toronto Raptors' forward Pascal Siakam reaches around Miami Heat forward James Johnson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)



Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oklahoma City — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.

It was Cleveland’s second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall.

J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.

Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder.

Raptors 115, Heat 112

Toronto — DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and the Raptors beat Miami for their sixth straight win.

Toronto (40-16) improved its NBA-best home record to 24-4 and ensured it will be the top team in the Eastern Conference at the All-Star break. The Raptors lead Boston (40-18) by 1½ games. Both teams play their final game before the break tonight.

Bucks 97, Hawks 92

Milwaukee — Khris Middleton had 21 points to lead a balanced attack for Milwaukee , and All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo hit two key buckets in the final three-plus minutes to spark the Bucks.

The Bucks improved to 9-2 since Joe Prunty took over as interim coach following the firing of Jason Kidd, getting back in the race for a top-four playoff seed in the East.

Rockets 126, Timberwolves 108

Minneapolis — James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Houston beat the Minnesota for its ninth straight victory.

Ryan Anderson scored 21 points off the bench as the Rockets (43-13) snapped Minnesota’s 13-game home winning streak and pulled within a half-game of the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Houston has won for the 16 of its last 18 games.

The Rockets made 10 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, when they scored 42 points.

Kings 114, Mavericks 109

Dallas — Zach Randolph scored 22 points, and Sacramento used a big first half to beat Dallas.

Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings, who have won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016. Seven Kings scored in double figures.

J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.