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NBA Roundup: Thunder Top Cavs, Minus Westbrook

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) and Oklahoma City Thunder's Steven Adams (12), of New Zealand, reach for the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson (8) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder's Terrance Ferguson (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyle Korver (26) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Alex Abrines (8), of Spain, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Jerami Grant, right, blocks a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers' David Nwaba during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Alex Abrines, left, from Spain, and Cleveland Cavaliers' Jordan Clarkson battle for a loose ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)



Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Cleveland — Dennis Schroder scored a season-high 28 points in replacing injured star Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 95-86, on Wednesday night.

Westbrook sprained his left ankle on Monday, but the Thunder withstood Cleveland’s fourth-quarter run without the two-time MVP to win its sixth straight game after starting the season 0-4.

Cleveland (1-10) rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to go ahead. Oklahoma City led 78-67 before the Cavaliers went on a 13-0 run. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver each hit two 3-pointers and the Cavaliers led 80-78 with 7:02 remaining.

Alex Abrines’ 3-points shot from the corner gave the Thunder to break 84-all tie 4:31 to play, putting Oklahoma City on top for good.

Heat 95, Spurs 88

Miami — Hassan Whiteside had 29 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA season-high nine blocked shots, and Miami snapped a four-year drought against San Antonio.

Wayne Ellington scored 20 points, and Justise Winslow added 16. Miami was down to an eight-man rotation for the second half because of injuries and Dwyane Wade missing the game for personal reasons.

The Heat had dropped their last nine regular-season games to the Spurs — and 11 consecutive games overall in the series, when factoring in the 2014 NBA Finals. Patty Mills had 20 points for San Antonio.

Pistons 103, Magic 96

Orlando, Fla. — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds as Detroit beat Orlando to snap a five-game losing streak.

Blake Griffin added 20 points, Reggie Jackson had 15, and Stanley Johnson 13. Evan Fournier led Orlando with 27 points, and D.J. Augustin had 16.

Fournier hit three straight shots and Aaron Gordon added a dunk to pull Orlando to 94-93 with 2:58 left. Griffin made two free throws to start a 9-0 run that Jackson finished with a 3-pointer and a layup.

Pelicans 107, Bulls 98

New Orleans — Anthony Davis had 32 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in his best game since spraining his right elbow nearly two weeks ago, and the New Orleans ended a six-game skid.

After missing four of his first five shots, Davis hit his next eight, including two 3s and a two-handed reverse alley-oop jam, while on his way to his first 30-plus point game since New Orleans beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 23.

Knicks 112, Hawks 107

Atlanta — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 27 of his 34 points in the second half, reserve Enes Kanter added 17 points and 11 rebounds and New York beat Atlanta.

In a matchup of rebuilding clubs, Allonzo Trier finished with 16 points and Noah Vonleh had 11 points and 13 rebounds to help New York snap a two-game skid.

Sixers 100, Pacers 94

Indianapolis — Joel Embiid scored 20 points and Ben Simmons nearly posted a triple-double to lead Philadelphia over Indiana for its first road win this season.

Simmons had 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists as Philadelphia ended a five-game losing streak on the road.

The 76ers also snapped an eight-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that dated to April 2013.