- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 24 points, Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to a 111-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

LeBron James finished with 20 points, Timofey Mozgov added 14 and J.R. Smith 13 to help Cleveland win its fourth straight and eighth in nine. Cleveland shot 51 percent and was 14 of 34 from 3-point range.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 18 points, while Beno Udrih had 15.

Cleveland controlled the boards with a 49-32 advantage in rebounds, which offset the Cavaliers’ 18 turnovers, including five each by Love and Irving.

The game completely got away from Memphis in the third when Cleveland connected on 11 of its first 13 shots in the quarter, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - James Harden had 25 points and 10 assists, Dwight Howard had seven rebounds and a block on Anthony Davis in his return from a two-month absence, and Houston handed New Orleans its fourth straight loss.

Davis had 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans, but uncharacteristically missed eight free throws, including one that could have pulled New Orleans to 94-93 with 7 seconds left.

The Pelicans still had a chance to set up a trying 3-pointer after Harden missed a free throw with 3.3 seconds left, but Corey Brewer intentionally fouled Eric Gordon on the inbounds pass to force free throws. Gordon made the first and purposely missed the second in hopes for a tying putback that never materialized.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 21 points and six assists and San Antonio stopped Oklahoma City’s four-game winning streak.

Boris Diaw scored 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 16, and Kawhi Leonard 14 points in the Spurs’ highest scoring game of the season. They have won 11 of 13.

Thunder star Russell Westbrook was held to 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting. He left midway through the third quarter with the Spurs leading by 30. Westbrook averaged 32.7 points, 11.2 assists and 9.6 rebounds in his previous 13 games.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Paul Millsap had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak with victory over Orlando.

Jeff Teague added 16 points, despite spraining his left ankle in the first quarter.

The Hawks trailed by 13 in the first half, but outscored the Magic 27-12 in the fourth quarter.

Elfrid Payton led the Magic with 19 points and nine rebounds. Victor Oladipo and Nik Vucevic added 16 points apiece.

Orlando had just five turnovers in the first half, but finished the night with 17.

The Magic lost their second straight and have dropped eight of their last nine.


TORONTO (AP) - Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, Pau Gasol had 18 and Chicago beat Toronto.

Tony Snell scored 17 points to help the Bulls move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors for third place in the Eastern Conference. Aaron Brooks had 16 points, and Nikola Mirotic finished with 15.

Toronto clinched a playoff spot when Boston and Charlotte lost. The Raptors have dropped three of four and have a five-game losing streak against Chicago.

Greivis Vasquez had 22 points for the Raptors, and DeMar DeRozan added 20. Vasquez also matched a career high with six 3-pointers.


NEW YORK (AP) - DeAndre Jordan raised the NBA’s best shooting percentage above 71 percent by making all seven shots and scoring 14 points, and Los Angeles pounded New York.

Shooting all night from either right at or above the rim - and once right on top of Jason Smith - Jordan hiked his season average to .713, which would be second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s .727 in 1972-73.

Chris Paul added 11 points and 16 assists for the Clippers. They won their fifth straight and improved the fourth-best record in the Western Conference to 47-25. Austin Rivers scored 21 points in 19 minutes.

Rookie Cleanthony Early had a season-high 18 points for the Knicks. They lost their fifth straight to drop to 14-58 and move a loss away from matching the franchise record.

KINGS 108, SUNS 99

PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, all but four in the first three quarters, and had 11 rebounds to help Sacramento beat Phoenix.

Cousins also had three assists, two steals and a block, and Rudy Gay scored 14 points for the Kings. They have won four straight.

Markieff Morris scored 24 points, and Eric Bledsoe and Marcus Morris added 19 each for the Suns.

Phoenix squandered an opportunity to make up a game on eighth-place Oklahoma City in the Western Conference. The Thunder were routed at San Antonio. Phoenix trails Oklahoma City by three games for the West’s final playoff spot.


WASHINGTON (AP) - George Hill made a driving layup with 2.7 seconds left to lift Indiana past Washington, snapping the Pacers’ six-game losing streak.

Hill scored 29 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter as Indiana rallied from a 10-point deficit.

Washington’s John Wall, who scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the final quarter, tied the game with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 11 seconds left.


BOSTON (AP) - Goran Dragic had 22 points and seven assists and banged-up Miami beat Boston.

Luol Deng added 15 points for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Henry Walker and Tyler Johnson also scored 12 points apiece.

Miami played without Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen due to injuries, but bounced back quite nicely from Tuesday night’s 89-88 loss at Milwaukee. The Heat blew a 14-point lead in the final 6 1/2 minutes against the Bucks.

Miami has won four of six and is seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Jae Crowder scored 16 points for the Celtics.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Brook Lopez had 34 points and 10 rebounds and Brooklyn handed slumping Charlotte its fifth loss in six games.

The 7-foot center came into the game on a tear, having scored at least 26 points in each of his last three games, including 31 on Monday night against Boston.

Deron Williams had 10 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds for the Nets.

Nets forward Thaddeus Young left the game late in the third quarter with a hyperextended knee and did not return. Team officials said X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated Thursday.

Gerald Henderson and Al Jefferson each had 23 points for the Hornets.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Damian Lillard had 23 points and 12 assists and Portland overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Utah.

Lillard helped Portland snap a five-game losing streak, scoring 13 fourth-quarter points. LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Derrick Favors led Utah with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and Trey Burke added 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 10 rebounds.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jordan Clarkson hit two free throws with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to lift Los Angeles past Minnesota.

Clarkson scored eight points in overtime and finished with 20. Jeremy Lin added 19 points to help the Lakers snapped a five-game road losing streak.

Andrew Wiggins had 27 points for Minnesota.

Chase Budinger scored 22 points and sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left in regulation.

76ERS 99, NUGGETS 85

DENVER (AP) - Rookie Robert Covington tied a career high with 25 points and Philadelphia beat Denver. Nerlens Noel had 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the 76ers sweep the season series.

Ty Lawson scored 19 points, and Wilson Chandler had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Nuggets.

Covington, who also tied a career high with six 3-pointers, scored 15 points in a 6:16 span of the third quarter to give Philadelphia a 66-62 lead.

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