Orlando Rallies, Routs Cavaliers

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathon Simmons scored 22 of his career-high 34 points in the third quarter and the Orlando Magic overcame a 21-point deficit Tuesday night to beat the reeling Cleveland Cavaliers, 116-98.

The Cavaliers scored 43 points in the first quarter, but then went almost 6 1/2 minutes without scoring in the fourth and lost for the 14th time in 21 games. They played the second half without coach Tyronn Lue, who went to the locker room in the second quarter with what the team said was an illness.

The Magic made their first 10 shots of the second half and won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 8-10.

LeBron James had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Cavaliers, but did not have a rebound or an assist in a foul-plagued second half.

Evan Fournier scored 19 points for the Magic, who broke a nine-game home losing streak against Cleveland.

Simmons made seven of eight shots in his 22-point quarter, finishing the period with a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie it at 92.

J.R. Smith made three 3-pointers in the first four minutes to help the Cavaliers (30-22) take a 15-4 lead and they led by 21 points late in the first half.

Raptors 111, Celtics 91

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, C.J. Miles had 20 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Celtics snapping Boston’s four-game winning streak.

DeMar DeRozan added 15 points, Delon Wright had 14 and Fred VanVleet 10 as Toronto won its fifth straight home meeting over Boston, closing to within a game of the conference-leading Celtics.

Kyrie Irving returned after missing the previous three games because of a bruised right quad to score 17 points in 22 minutes.

Reserve forward Marcus Morris also returned for Boston after sitting out two games because of a bruised left hip but the Celtics suffered their second-worst defeat of the season. Boston’s only bigger loss was a 23-point defeat at Chicago on Dec. 11.

Rockets 123, Nets 113

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored 36 points, surpassing 15,000 for his career, and the Houston Rockets beat the Brooklyn Nets for their fifth straight victory.

Chris Paul added 25 points for the Rockets, who kept right on rolling in their first game since their nationally televised romp in Cleveland on Saturday.

Both teams made 16 3-pointers in an entertaining shootout between Mike D’Antoni’s Rockets and the Nets of Kenny Atkinson, who assisted D’Antoni in New York and has the Nets trying to do some of the things Houston does on offense.

Hawks 108, Grizzlies 82

ATLANTA (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored 22 points and Atlanta beat turnover-plagued Memphis giving the struggling Grizzlies their fourth straight loss.

Schroder, who sat out the final period, had five assists. Rookie John Collins had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Mario Chalmers had 13 points for Memphis, which has lost six of seven. Dillon Brooks had 12 points.

The Grizzlies’ season-high 27 turnovers led to 38 points for Atlanta. Memphis made only 4 of 22 3-pointers.

76ers 115, Wizards 102

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the 76ers helped the city of Philadelphia continue to celebrate by leading from start to finish in a victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Dario Saric added 20 points and J.J. Redick had 18 for the 76ers, who snapped Washington’s five-game winning streak while playing in front of a raucous crowd still in a tizzy over the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

Bucks 103, Knicks 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 23 points, jumping over Tim Hardaway Jr. for one high-flying slam, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the New York Knicks in a game that featured a knee injury to Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis was injured after crashing to the ground following a successful dunk with 8:46 left in the second quarter. The Knicks announced that he had a left knee injury and was undergoing further evaluation.

Eric Bledsoe also had 23 points and Khris Middleton added 20 for the Bucks, who are a season-high seven games over .500

Antetokounmpo didn’t appear bothered by a right ankle injury sustained Sunday, particularly when he leaped to catch a lob pass on a fast break and jumped over the 6-foot-6 Hardaway to slam it down .

Enes Kanter led New York with 19 points and 16 rebounds.

Milwaukee led 50-46 at halftime and opened the second half with six straight points. The Bucks increased their lead to a game-high 21 points on Marshall Plumlee’s free throw with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

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