Cavs Rally Past Lakers, 125-120
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the last-place Los Angeles Lakers, 125-120 on Sunday night.
Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who needed every bit of their full lineup to survive a surprising challenge from the Western Conference’s last-place team.
D’Angelo Russell scored a career-high 40 points in a spectacular return to the starting lineup for the Lakers, who have lost five straight and 13 of 14.
TRAIL BLAZERS 115 HEAT 104
MIAMI (AP) — Damian Lillard scored a season-high 49 points, 28 after halftime, and the Portland Trail Blazers continued their playoff push by beating the Miami Heat.
Lillard tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, giving him 1,002 for his career. He shot 14 for 21 from the field, 9 for 12 from 3-point range and made all 12 of his free throws.
SPURS 118, KINGS 102
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Pau Gasol scored 22 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 and San Antonio rolled past Sacramento to snap a two-game skid.
76ERS 105, CELTICS 99
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Robert Covington made the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to lift Philadelphia over Boston.
Dario Saric scored key baskets to extend the lead and bolster his bid for NBA Rookie of the Year. Saric had 23 points and helped rally the 76ers from a 13-point hole in the third.
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points in three quarters, and all five Toronto starters were in double figures against Indiana.
DeRozan added four assists and three rebounds and was able to rest the entire fourth quarter as the Raptors cruised to their second straight victory. Serge Ibaka had 16 points, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 41-29.
NEW YORK (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki had 23 points and nine rebounds as Dallas beat Brooklyn.
J.J. Barea scored 20 points and Harrison Barnes added 19 for the Mavericks.
PISTONS 112, SUNS 95
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points and Detroit overcame a sluggish performance for the much of the game, finally pulling away from short-handed Phoenix.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead New Orleans past struggling Minnesota.