THE Timberwolves completed a comeback win over the Bulls in Tom Thibodeau’s return to Chicago, while the Suns downed the Knicks in an overtime thriller.
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MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 86 — CLEVELAND CAVALIERS 103
Kevin Love scored 29 points, J.R. Smith found his aim – for one half – and LeBron James added 23 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, 103-86 on Tuesday night over the Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis rested centre Marc Gasol for the first of back-to-back games against the defending NBA champions.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that James, Love and Irving will not travel for the game Wednesday.
Smith, who has been in a season-long shooting slump, scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half as the Cavs, who gave star point guard Kyrie Irving the night off, built a 22-point lead and ended the Grizzlies’ six-game winning streak. Zach Randolph replaced Gasol in the starting lineup and scored 18 points to lead the Grizzlies. The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Gasol is expected to play Wednesday in Memphis to complete a brutal three-game stretch for the Grizzlies, who beat Golden State by 21 on Saturday.
ORLANDO MAGIC 131 — ATLANTA HAWKS 120
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 99 — CHICAGO BULLS 94
Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and Minnesota won in coach Tom Thibodeau’s return to Chicago.
The Timberwolves wiped out a 21-point deficit and got Thibodeau a victory in his first game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him in an acrimonious split in 2015. Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points, and the Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 27 points, and Robin Lopez added 14. But the Bulls continued a pattern of letdowns against losing teams, this time falling to one that came in tied for the NBA’s worst record.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 113 — NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 109
Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant added 27 to go with a big block on Anthony Davis in the final minute and Golden State held off New Orleans.
Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and it was the last of his four steals – on Davis in the waning seconds – that sealed the victory. Davis angrily contended he’d been fouled, only to be assessed a technical foul.
Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors, who combined for 14 3-pointers, five by Curry.
Davis finished with 28 points, five blocked shots and two steals but turned the ball over six times.
NEW YORK KNICKS 111 — PHOENIX SUNS 113
Eric Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play and Phoenix gave New York its second loss in eight games.
Bledsoe scored eight consecutive points late in OT and finished with 31, his third consecutive 30-point game.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points for New York, one shy of his career high, before fouling out with 1:34 left in OT.
Carmelo Anthony capped a 3-for-15 shooting night with an air ball that resulted in a 24-second clock violation with 5.9 seconds left.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 95 — PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS 114
Damian Lillard had 17 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter and Portland snapped a four-game losing streak. Russell Westbrook was off his league-leading average of 31.1 points a game with 20 for the Thunder, who have lost two of their last three after a six-game winning streak.
Mason Plumlee added 18 points for the Blazers, who led by 26 points in Portland’s first game back after a 1-4 road trip. Six Portland players finished in double figures in the second of a back-to-back.