BOSTON (AP) 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.
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Irving had 27 points and Kevin Love added 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who earned their third straight win.
Kelly Olynyk led Boston with a season-high 21 points, and Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green had 19 apiece.
SPURS 93, LAKERS 80
LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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.
San Antonio pulled away in the fourth quarter for its eighth win in 11 meetings with the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant scored nine points for the Lakers, going 1 for 14 in one of the worst shooting games of his 19-year NBA career.
Carlos Boozer scored 19 points and Jeremy Lin added 15 for the Lakers, who have lost three straight since their only victory over Charlotte.
PISTONS 96, THUNDER 89, OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Brandon Jennings scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, leading the Detroit past Oklahoma city.
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.
Jeremy Lamb set career highs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which led 48-42 at halftime. Reggie Jackson had 20 points and 12 assists, and Serge Ibaka finished with 19 points and 10 boards.
Jackson missed a 16-foot fadeaway jumper at the buzzer in regulation that would have lifted the Thunder to their first two-game winning streak of the season.
HAWKS 114, HEAT 103
ATLANTA (AP) – 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.
Eight players, including all five starters, scored in double figures for Atlanta.
Mario Chalmers had 23 points and 11 assists for Miami, and Chris Bosh scored 20.
HORNETS 103, SUNS 95
PHOENIX (AP) – Kemba Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Charlotte rallied past Phoenix.
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.
Charlotte had lost the last five games in the series.
Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and matched a career high with 11 rebounds for the Suns, who had won two in a row. Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Markieff Morris, Miles Plumlee and Goran Dragic each had 12.
ROCKETS 88, SIXERS 87
HOUSTON (AP) – 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.
Philadelphia had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but Carter-Williams missed a jump shot.
Tony Wroten scored 19 for the Sixers, who led for most of the game after an embarrassing 53-point loss to Dallas on Thursday night.
The Sixers remained the NBA’s only winless team, dropping to 0-9 for their worst start since opening the 1972-73 season with 15 consecutive losses.
PELICANS 139, TIMBERWOLVES 91
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – 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 new franchise records for a game. Their 15 made 3-pointers tied a franchise high.
Holiday was 9-of-10 shooting, hitting both 3s he attempted and all four free throws to go with nine assists. Anthony Davis added 22 points in only 27 minutes, and Austin Rivers scored 17. Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans each scored 16.
Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points and Corey Brewer 18 for Minnesota, which lost its fourth straight. The Timberwolves committed 24 turnovers and missed 11 of 14 3-pointers.
JAZZ 102, KNICKS 100
NEW YORK (AP) – 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.
The Knicks lost their seventh straight game.
Gordon Hayward scored a season-high 33 points for the Jazz, and Derrick Favors added 21 points and 12 rebounds.
NUGGETS 108, PACERS 87
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – 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.
The Nuggets outscored the Pacers 34-19 in the second quarter and led by as many as 32 points. Denver shot 49 percent (43 of 87) from the floor.
The Pacers are still without three of their starting five due to injuries. David West (right ankle), George Hill (left knee), Paul George (fractured tibia) did not play.
MAGIC 101, BUCKS 85
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – 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.
Playing against his former team, Harris gave Orlando an 84-68 lead on a reverse layup with 10:06 left.
Milwaukee pulled within seven on John Henson’s hook shot with 6:15 remaining, but the Magic scored the next seven points to pull away.
Brandon Knight scored 14 of his 24 points in the first quarter for Milwaukee.