Cavs cap road trip with win
HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers wrapped up their longest road trip of the season with an easy 91-77 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night.
The Cavaliers capped six games away from home and were playing for the second straight night, but it was the Rockets who looked tired and listless as Cleveland built a double-digit lead by halftime and pushed it to 20 in the third.
Cleveland got back on track after a loss to San Antonio on Thursday night that snapped an eight-game winning streak before the team's showdown with Golden State on Monday.
Dwight Howard had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets, who scored a season low to end their season-best, five-game winning streak. James Harden had just 11 points on 2-for-10 shooting and missed all five of his 3-point attempts.
Cleveland ended a six-game losing streak to the Rockets with its first win in Houston since March 26, 2006.
Houston had 18 turnovers which led to 19 points for the Cavaliers and was outrebounded 49-40.
The Cavaliers, who haven't played at home since Jan. 4, will play five of their next six in Cleveland.
THUNDER 113, TIMBERWOLVES 95: At Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook had his 23rd career triple-double to lead Oklahoma City. Westbrook finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his fourth triple-double of the season. He bounced back after being ejected Wednesday night against Dallas following skirmishes with J.J. Barea.
HEAT 98, NUGGETS 95: At Denver, Hassan Whiteside had a triple-double with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks and injury-depleted Miami rallied to beat Denver. Chris Bosh made the tiebreaking jumper with 55 seconds left and scored 24 points. Tyler Johnson had 15 off the bench for Miami, which was without Dwyane Wade because of injuries to both shoulders.
MAVERICKS 83, BULLS 77: At Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points to lead Dallas past Chicago. Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play to put the Mavericks up 79-72. Jimmy Butler missed two 3-pointers in the final 12 seconds as the Bulls tried to rally. Derrick Rose, back in the lineup after missing a game with knee pain, led Chicago with 18 points.
BUCKS 108, HAWKS 101, OT: At Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and 16 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Milwaukee beat Atlanta in overtime. Greg Monroe and Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points apiece for the Bucks. Carter-Williams also blocked Jeff Teague's shot at the horn, sending the game into overtime.
PELICANS 109, HORNETS 107: At New Orleans, Ryan Anderson hit six 3-pointers and had a season-high 32 points, and Anthony Davis dunked Jrue Holiday's alley-oop lob with 2 seconds left to lift New Orleans past Charlotte. Davis finished with 22 points to help New Orleans win its second straight.
WIZARDS 118, PACERS 104: At Indanapolis, John Wall had 28 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to lead Washington past Indiana for its fourth straight victory. Bradley Beal added 22 points for Washington. The Wizards outscored the Pacers 20-4 in the first 7 minutes of the second quarter and 35-19 overall in the period.
CELTICS 117, SUNS 103: At Boston, Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points against his former team, Marcus Smart had his first career triple-double and Boston beat Phoenix. Thomas was acquired from the Suns in a trade last Feb. 19. Four days later in his only other game against Phoenix since the deal, he had 21 points and seven assists.