James' double-double carries Cavs past Nuggets
DENVER — LeBron James had 22 points and 11 assists on a poor shooting night by Cleveland’s Big Three, helping the Cavaliers hold on for a 110-101 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.
James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were a combined 19 of 45 from the floor. The Cavaliers had seven players score in double figures and finished 1-2 on their road trip.
Cleveland wound up with 25 assists two nights after the team tied a franchise record with just six in a loss at Utah.
Randy Foye scored 28 points for the Nuggets, who have dropped four in a row. Denver played without speedy point guard Ty Lawson after he was scratched due to a sore left ankle.
PISTONS 98, BUCKS 95: At Auburn Hills, Mich., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points and Brandon Jennings added 15 against his former team, leading Detroit to the victory.
Jabari Parker led the Bucks with 18 points, while former Pistons guard Brandon Knight added 17 points and nine assists.
GRIZZLIES 91, THUNDER 89: At Oklahoma City, Mike Conley scored 20 points and the Grizzlies remained unbeaten.
Oklahoma City had a chance to take the lead with 5.9 seconds remaining, but the Thunder were called for a five-second violation. Oklahoma City then fouled Courtney Lee, who made one of two free throws. That gave the Thunder the ball, down two, with 2.4 seconds to go. Serge Ibaka missed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key at the buzzer.
CELTICS 101, PACERS 98: At Boston, Jared Sullinger scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and Jeff Green pulled down a big offensive rebound for the Celtics.
Green finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, grabbing his last one after Avery Bradley’s jumper bounced off the rim with 6 seconds left and Boston’s lead down to 97-96. Green was fouled and made both free throws to help the Celtics end a three-game skid.
HORNETS 122, HAWKS 119, 2OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Lance Stephenson made a 33-foot jumper off the glass in the second overtime, lifting Charlotte to the victory.
Stephenson inbounded the ball to Marvin Williams and got it back off a handoff before connecting from long range. Al Jefferson scored a season-high 34 points for the Hornets (3-3). Stephenson added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
NETS 110, KNICKS 99: At New York, Deron Williams scored a season-high 29 points and Brooklyn beat New York in the first meeting this season between the city rivals.
Brook Lopez added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who had beaten the Knicks just once on their home floor since moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.
KINGS 114, SUNS 112, 2OT: At Phoenix, Rudy Gay hit a go-ahead turnaround jumper with 1:07 left in the second overtime, leading Sacramento to its fifth consecutive win.
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and a season-high 18 rebounds before fouling out on an illegal screen with 34.7 seconds left in regulation.
RAPTORS 103, WIZARDS 84: At Toronto, Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 10 assists and a season-high 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading Toronto to the win.
BULLS 118, 76ERS 115: At Philadelphia, Mike Dunleavy scored 12 of his season-high 27 points in the third quarter, and Chicago held on for the win.
MAGIC 112, TIMBERWOLVES 103, OT: At Orlando, Fla., rookie Aaron Gordon had six of his 17 points in overtime, and the Magic earned their first home win of the season.
MAVERICKS 105, JAZZ 82: At Salt Lake City, Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and 10 rebounds to help the Mavericks coast to the win.