Shorthanded Lakers end seven-game skid
The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of their 119-108 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points, and Steve Blake had his first career triple-double with 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds to help Los Angeles snap a seven-game losing streak. The Lakers went 18-for-37 from 3-point range, but Los Angeles’s first win in two weeks was overshadowed by a bizarre ending.
The Lakers had eight available players coming into the game. Then Nick Young twisted his left knee in the first half and Chris Kaman fouled out early in the fourth quarter. When Jordan Farmar left with an injury in the final period, that put Los Angeles at five players.
Sacre committed his sixth foul with 3:32 remaining, but stayed in the game because Coach Mike D’Antoni was out of healthy bodies. The Lakers were assessed a technical foul.
Farmar scored 21 points, and Wesley Johnson added 20 for the Lakers.
C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 27 points. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was taken out with 7:32 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 11 points as the Cavaliers lost their sixth consecutive game.
THUNDER 106, TIMBERWOLVES 97
Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Oklahoma City won for the 12th time in 13 games, beating a Minnesota team without Kevin Love and two other starters.
Reggie Jackson added 20 points and nine assists to help Oklahoma City become the first team this season to reach 40 wins. The Thunder have won eight straight home games and are 15-1 this season against Western Conference foes at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
SPURS 125, WIZARDS 118, 2OT
Tim Duncan scored a season-high 31 points before fouling out in the second overtime, and San Antonio beat Washington for an NBA-high 16th time in a row.
Patty Mills scored 11 of his 23 points in the two overtimes for the Spurs, who haven’t lost to the Wizards since Nov. 12, 2005. The Spurs moved ahead of Miami’s 15-game domination of Charlotte for the longest current team-vs.-team streak.
Duncan also had 11 rebounds, and Danny Green added 22 points for San Antonio, but Tony Parker left at halftime with tightness in his lower back and did not return.
ROCKETS 122, SUNS 108
Dwight Howard had 34 points and 14 rebounds, James Harden added 23 points and Houston beat Phoenix for its fourth straight victory.
Chandler Parsons and Terrence Jones had 19 points each for Houston.
Goran Dragic had 23 points and eight assists for Phoenix. The Suns have dropped two in a row after winning five straight.
TRAIL BLAZERS 94, KNICKS 90
Nicolas Batum had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Wesley Matthews scored 18 points, and Portland overcame poor-shooting nights by its two All-Stars to beat New York.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 5-of-17 from the floor, and Damian Lillard shot 4-of-12 for his 12 points.
PELICANS 105, HAWKS 100
Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds in New Orleans’s victory over Atlanta.
Brian Roberts scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, including an off-balance driving floater with 20.5 seconds left that gave New Orleans a five-point lead.
Eric Gordon added 18 points for New Orleans. The Pelicans have won six of their last nine games.
MAVERICKS 110, GRIZZLIES 96
Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points, Brandan Wright added 17 and Dallas used a second-half surge to beat Memphis.
Nowitzki was 10-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, to help the Mavericks win their third straight. Samuel Dalembert and Monta Ellis had 14 points apiece and Dalembert added 10 rebounds. Vince Carter had 13 points and seven assists.
MAGIC 112, PISTONS 98
Rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points, and Glen Davis had 18 to help Orlando beat Detroit.
Josh Smith scored 25 points for Detroit.