James erupts for 41 points in Cavaliers' win
BOSTON — LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 122-121 on Friday night.
James made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to give Cleveland that one-point lead. The Celtics then lost the ball out of bounds, but Kyrie Irving missed a layup and Avery Bradley rebounded for Boston, which called timeout with 7 seconds to go.
But the Celtics couldn’t get a shot off as Rajon Rondo, who finished with 16 assists, lost control of his dribble near the top of the key just before the final buzzer sounded.
SPURS 93, LAKERS 80: At Los Angeles, Tim Duncan had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Cory Joseph scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and the Spurs earned their third straight victory in California.
Kawhi Leonard scored 12 points for the defending NBA champions, who added a comfortable win over the 1-8 Lakers to their impressive victories over the Clippers and Warriors earlier in the week.
PISTONS 96, THUNDER 89, OT: At Oklahoma City, Brandon Jennings scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, leading the Detroit.
Jennings made a tiebreaking 3-pointer to give the Pistons an 87-84 lead with 2:32 left in overtime. He added another 3 while falling to the ground, increasing the advantage to 92-84.
HAWKS 114, HEAT 103: At Atlanta, Paul Millsap and Al Horford each scored 19 points to help Atlanta to its fourth straight win.
With star guard Dwyane Wade hobbled by a strained left hamstring and unable to play, the Heat trailed by 19 late in the fourth quarter.
HORNETS 103, SUNS 95: At Phoenix, Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half as Charlotte rallied.
Al Jefferson and Gary Neal each had 14 points for the Hornets, who won for the first time in five road games. Lance Stephenson scored 13, and Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
ROCKETS 88, SIXERS 87: At Houston, James Harden scored 35 points, including an off-balance layup with 9 seconds left, to lead Houston past winless Philadelphia.
The Sixers led by one point before Michael Carter-Williams bounced the ball off his foot and out of bounds to give Houston the ball. Harden powered through the lane to hit the game-winner.
PELICANS 139, TIMBERWOLVES 91: At New Orleans, Jrue Holiday missed one shot while scoring 24 points through three quarters, and New Orleans set several offensive franchise records.
The Pelicans’ point total, 56 made field goals, 66.7 percent shooting and 48-point margin of victory all set franchise records for a game. Their 15 made 3-pointers tied a franchise high.
JAZZ 102, KNICKS 100: At New York, Trey Burke made a jumper from the corner as time expired to help Utah overcome a 46-point effort from New York’s Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony’s 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left tied it at 100 and lifted the Knicks to the century mark for the first time this season. But Burke caught the ball near the Jazz bench, faded back and nailed the jumper before stepping back over the sideline into hugs from his teammates.
NUGGETS 108, PACERS 87: At Indianapolis, Ty Lawson had 11 points and 10 assists, and Denver got its first road win of the season.
Denver had seven players score in double figures in just its second victory of the season. Arron Afflalo scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half, and rookie Gary Harris and Wilson Chandler each finished with 13 points.
MAGIC 101, BUCKS 85: At Orlando, Tobias Harris had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Orlando.
Victor Oladipo returned to Orlando’s lineup as the Magic earned their 17th consecutive home win against Milwaukee. Oladipo, who suffered a facial fracture right before the season started, scored 13 points in 25 minutes.