CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 23 points and did some quick tailoring on Cleveland’s tight, sleeved uniforms, Mo Williams scored 22 and the Cavaliers won their fourth straight, 96-86 over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
James made a 3-pointer and dunked off a nice pass from Williams while scoring 11 in the fourth quarter, when the Cavs outscored the Knicks 26-17.
Tristan Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Love had 12 boards for Cleveland, which hasn’t lost since opening night in Chicago.
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Carmelo Anthony scored 17 and rookie Kristaps Porzingis 13 for the Knicks, who were even at 75-all in the fourth when James went to work.
James, who earlier this week became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points, had an off night from the field, going just 9 of 23.
He might have an excuse.
During the first half, an irritated James performed an in-game alteration on Cleveland’s new sleeved jerseys. The four-time MVP, who has complained in the past that the retro-looking tops are too tight for his arms and shoulders, tore the sleeves open midway through a 4-of-11 shooting performance in the opening 24 minutes.
The Cavs were wearing the black, body-hugging uniforms for the first time.
RAPTORS 103, THUNDER 98
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – DeMar DeRozan scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and Toronto overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to beat Oklahoma City and remain undefeated.
Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Kyle Lowry added 17 points for the Raptors (5-0), who beat Dallas the night before. Toronto shot 42 percent from the field, but benefited from 19 Oklahoma City turnovers.
Russell Westbrook scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half and finished with 16 assists. Kevin Durant had 27 points and Enes Kanter added 15 for the Thunder, who lost their second straight. It was the first time this season the Thunder scored fewer than 100 points.
BUCKS 91, 76ERS 87
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Khris Middleton scored 21 points and Milwaukee welcomed back forward Jabari Parker from a left knee injury with a victory over Philadelphia.
Parker, the second pick in the 2014 draft, started and played 16 minutes in his first game since tearing his ACL on Dec. 15. He shot 1 of 6 for two points, and his jumper looked a little rusty.
Middleton picked him up down the stretch.
Greg Monroe’s layup with 1:29 left gave the Bucks an 86-85 lead. Middleton hit a fallaway 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining to make it a four-point game. He sealed the win with two foul shots with 1.4 seconds left.
Philadelphia rookie Jahlil Okafor finished with 21 points and six rebounds.
Giannis Antetokounmpo added 17 points and shot 7 of 11 for the Bucks.
HAWKS 101, NETS 87
ATLANTA (AP) – Al Horford scored 21 points, Dennis Schroder added 20 and Atlanta beat Brooklyn for its fifth straight win.
Brook Lopez finished with a season-high 27 points and Thaddeus Young had 14 for the Nets, who dropped to 0-5. Joe Johnson went 1 for 10 and finished with five points against his former team.
Jeff Teague had 16 points and six assists, and Paul Millsap had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks.
ROCKETS 119, MAGIC 114, OT
HOUSTON (AP) – James Harden scored 28 points, including seven in overtime, to help Houston outlast Orlando.
It was a wild, back-and-forth game that was tied 18 times and featured 22 lead changes.
Dwight Howard and Harden made consecutive layups to get the Rockets going in overtime and make it 114-110. Evan Fournier had a basket for the Magic before a three-point play by Harden pushed the lead to 117-112.
Shabazz Napier cut it to 117-114 with a jump shot with 2 1/2 minutes left in OT. But the Magic didn’t score after that and Harden made a pair of free throws with 0.9 seconds left to secure the victory.
Fournier finished with 29 points and four assists. He tied it at 110 with two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Howard had 23 points and 14 rebounds.
WIZARDS 102, SPURS 99
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bradley Beal made a 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds remaining to give Washington a victory over San Antonio.
Beal finished with 25 points, and John Wall had 17 points and 13 assists for Washington. Wall had 13 points in the fourth quarter, and the duo scored the Wizards’ last 15 points.
Otto Porter added 19 points to help Washington win its second straight over San Antonio dating to last season. The Spurs had previously won 17 straight against the Wizards.
Kawhi Leonard led San Antonio with 23 points, Tony Parker scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points and 14 rebounds. The had won three straight.
PACERS 100, CELTICS 98
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Paul George had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Hill added 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Indiana beat Boston.
Monta Ellis made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left to snap a 98-all tie. Avery Bradley, who had fouled Ellis, missed a potential winning 3-point attempt for the Celtics.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 27 points on 9-of-19 shooting, and Bradley added 21 points.