- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Markieff Morris had 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns past the winless Philadelphia 76ers 122-96 on Friday night.

The Sixers have lost their first 12 games and are just six losses shy of matching the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for worst start in NBA history. Philadelphia is also three away from matching the 1972-73 team for worst start (0-15) in franchise history and could challenge that squad for the worst 82-game season (9-73) in NBA history.

The Sixers actually led 27-26 at the end of the first quarter until the Suns rolled toward the rout.

The Suns shot 69 percent in the first half and easily shook off the early challenge to win their third straight game.

Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with 18 points.


WASHINGTON (AP) - John Wall took over in the third quarter and finished 28 points, seven assists and six rebounds as Washington knocked LeBron James and Cleveland back below .500 with the Cavaliers’ third straight loss.

Resuming a rivalry that peaked last decade when the Wizards and James’ Cavaliers met three consecutive years in the playoffs - it was so intense that both Jay-Z and Soulja Boy got involved - the Wizards grabbed a majority of the 50-50 rebounds and capitalized on the defensive woes that have hurt Cleveland.

James scored 22 points on 8-for-21 shooting, but Cleveland committed 19 turnovers, shot 36 percent and scored a season-low in points. James was never below .500 more than 10 games into a season during his four seasons with the Miami Heat, but he and the Cavaliers are now 5-6.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Evan Fournier scored 21 points, Tobias Harris had 17 points and 16 rebounds as Orlando rallied from 23 points down at halftime to hand Charlotte its fourth straight loss.

The Magic trailed by 15 entering the fourth quarter, but Willie Green sparked a comeback by scoring all nine of his points in the final period.

Nikola Vucevic had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Elfrid Payton had 16 points for Orlando on 7-for-11 shooting.

Al Jefferson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Kemba Walker added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the struggling Hornets. Charlotte had a chance to climb out of the cellar in the Southeast Division but was outscored 41-21 in the fourth quarter and lost for the sixth time in the last seven games.

Gary Neal added 17 points for Charlotte.


ATLANTA (AP) - Jeff Teague scored a season-high 28 points and Atlanta recovered after blowing a 19-point lead.

Paul Millsap had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which snapped a two-game skid.

Detroit had rallied after trailing 70-51 in the third quarter. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin, who had 14 points, led the comeback as Detroit pulled even with a 14-0 run that began late in the third quarter and continued into the final period.

Augustin had back-to-back baskets as the Pistons pulled even at 74-74 with 8:31 remaining.

Horford answered with a layup as Atlanta reclaimed the lead for good and eventually pushed the advantage back to 10 points.


TORONTO (AP) - Lou Williams scored a season-high 22 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Toronto narrowly missed matching its largest margin of victory in franchise history.

Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and Terrence Ross had 13 as the Raptors wrapped up a franchise-record seven-game homestand at 6-1 and became the first Eastern Conference team to reach 10 wins.

The Raptors’ biggest win was 96-54 victory over Miami on March 19, 2008.

Williams connected on five of Toronto’s season-high 15 3-pointers, including one each at the end of the first and second quarters. Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo, making his career debut, hit a 3 at 6:01 of the fourth to put Toronto up 116-64 - giving the Raptors their largest lead in franchise history.

Jabari Parker scored 15 points and Ersan Ilyasova had 14 for the Bucks.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Tony Parker scored 28 points in 25 minutes and San Antonio cruised past short-handed Minnesota.

Parker made 12 of 18 shots, including all three of his 3-pointers, and Danny Green scored 18 points for the Spurs, who got an easy night with a game against the Brooklyn Nets at home on Saturday.

Anthony Bennett scored a career-high 20 points for the Timberwolves, who had just 10 healthy players after announcing earlier in the day that Kevin Martin will be out indefinitely with a fractured right wrist. The Wolves were also missing starters Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Thaddeus Young and backup big man Ronny Turiaf.

The Spurs shot 54.8 percent, including 61.9 percent (13 of 21) from 3-pointers, and out-rebounded the smaller Wolves 53-46.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Marc Gasol matched his career high with 32 points and Zach Randolph added 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead Memphis.

Jon Leuer had a season-high 19 points, and Mike Conley finished with 15 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who shot 53 percent from the field. Gasol led the way, going 13 for 22.

Kelly Olynyk led Boston with 18 points. Jared Sullinger had 13 points, Jeff Green added 12, while Avery Bradley and Marcus Thornton finished with 11 points each. Evan Turner added 10.

Memphis never trailed in the game and led by 21 in the fourth quarter, the advantage fueled by a 9-0 run.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jarrett Jack scored 23 points to help Brooklyn Nets snap a five-game losing streak.

Reggie Jackson, who led the Thunder with 21 points, missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Thunder lost their fifth straight and have the league’s second-longest losing streak.

Deron Williams scored 17 points, Brook Lopez had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Mirza Teletovic added 13 points for the Nets.

Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Morrow had 11 points and Steven Adams added 10 for the Thunder.

The Thunder, besieged by injuries all season and at times limited to eight active players, finally got some depth. Andre Roberson started after playing limited minutes the previous game and missing the seven games before that with a left foot sprain. Thunder coach Scott Brooks used 10 players in the first half, and Oklahoma City led 53-49 at the break.


DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points in yet another efficient shooting effort and Dallas rolled past the struggling Los Angeles Lakers.

The Mavericks won their sixth straight game overall and fourth in a row against the Lakers, who were swept by Dallas in the regular season for the first time in 2013-14.

Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons were a combined 23 of 33 from the field as the Mavericks had season highs in points, shooting percentage (62 percent) and assists (37). Parsons had 21 points and Ellis scored 20.

Kobe Bryant missed his first eight shots and was 6 of 22 for 17 points. Jeremy Lin had 18 to lead the Lakers, who came in with their first two-game winning streak.


DENVER (AP) - Kenneth Faried and Arron Afflalo scored 19 points each, Wilson Chandler had 18 and Denver won for the fourth time in five games.

Danilo Gallinari had 17 points and JaVale McGee 14 for the Nuggets, who started the season 1-6. They took two of three on the road last weekend and have won two straight at Pepsi Center to even their home record at 3-3.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 18 points and nine rebounds. It was the first time in eight games Davis has failed to eclipse 20 points.

Denver trailed 14-2 early but rallied to tie it at 18-all midway through the first. The Nuggets used an 11-0 run that spanned the first and second quarters to take a 37-26 lead.

They never trailed again.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Golden State used a blistering start to beat Utah for its fourth straight win.

After a four-day layoff, the Warriors showed no signs of rust. They led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter, 54-32 at the half and 85-57 entering the fourth.

Golden State (9-2) is off to its best start in 41 years.

Enes Kanter scored 18 points, and Gordon Hayward had 12 points and five rebounds for a young Jazz team that’s struggling against top competition. Utah hasn’t beaten a team that currently has a winning record.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard had 21 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead and cruised to their sixth straight win.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 28 points.

Rookie Nikola Mirotic had season highs with 24 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls.

Chicago lost forward Taj Gibson in the third quarter when he sprained his left ankle. The Bulls were already limited without Derrick Rose, who missed his fourth straight game with a sore left hamstring. Pau Gasol missed his third game with a left calf strain.

They were also missing starting guard Kirk Hinrich, who left Thursday night’s 103-88 loss to the Sacramento Kings with a chest contusion.

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