Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Cavs overcome Oladipo's 45

ORLANDO — Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and LeBron James had 18, including a layup and pair of free throws down the stretch to help the Cavaliers hold off the Magic 109-103 on Friday night.

Channing Frye came off the bench to make four 3-pointers and score 14 against his old team as the Cavs beat the Magic for the 14th consecutive time. A rested James returned to the lineup after taking off Wednesday's home victory over Dallas and finished 6-of-15 shooting with eight assists and seven rebounds.

Victor Oladipo had a career-high 45 points for Orlando, but only scored six in the fourth quarter. The last of his six 3-pointers trimmed Cleveland's lead to 107-103 before James made two free throws to put it away.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Russell Westbrook recorded his league-leading 13th triple double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the host Thunder to a 111-97 victory over the 76ers. Westbrook tied Grant Hill (1996-97) and Jason Kidd (2007-08) for most triple doubles in a season over the last 25 years.

SHOWDOWN TONIGHT: The Warriors have spent the last 18 months rising to the gold standard in the NBA, a peerless team that has blown the doors off the rest of the league both during their title run last season and the record-setting pace they have set this year.

As good as they have been through it all, they have rarely been better than they were at home on Jan. 25 against the organization that has for two decades been the standard bearer.

The Warriors thumped the Spurs that night, a 30-point victory that delivered a resounding message to the rest of the league. Yet for all of the obstacles they've obliterated along the way, one more remains: a win in San Antonio.

The Warriors have lost 32 straight regular-season games against the Spurs in San Antonio, a skid that predates Tim Duncan's entrance into the league. The last time they won in San Antonio was Feb. 14, 1997.

"We know what the Spurs have been doing all year," Stephen Curry said before the Warriors started a tough back-to-back with Dallas on Friday and the Spurs tonight. "We'll talk about we haven't won there in the regular season for so long. We'd love to end that streak. Other than that it's just focusing on what we expect to be playoff atmospheres these next two games.''

The Spurs have always downplayed regular-season matchups.

"It's whatever you want to make it," said Duncan. "We're going to show up for the game and we're going to play it.

CHAPMAN GETS PROBATION: Former NBA guard Rex Chapman was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation in a 2014 shoplifting case. Court officials said Chapman, 48, has already completed a requirement for 750 hours of community service. Chapman, who starred in college at Kentucky, pleaded guilty Sept. 4 to four counts of theft stemming from several incidents.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Pistons signed guard Lorenzo Brown to a 10-day contract. He has averaged 3.3 points and 13.2 minutes in 63 career games with Philadelphia, Minnesota and Phoenix. He was signed to two 10-day contracts with the Suns this season and averaged 2.5 points and 7.6 minutes in eight games.

Cavs 109, Magic 103

CLEVELAND (109): James 6-15 6-6 18, Love 5-10 1-2 14, Mozgov 3-4 1-2 7, Irving 9-17 6-6 26, J. Smith 3-7 0-0 8, Thompson 3-6 5-9 11, Frye 5-8 0-0 14, Shumpert 3-6 0-0 8, Dellavedova 0-2 1-2 1, Jefferson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-76 20-27 109.

ORLANDO (103): Fournier 6-15 4-4 18, Gordon 2-8 2-4 7, Dedmon 2-3 2-2 6, Jennings 1-8 0-0 2, Oladipo 16-22 7-8 45, Ja.Smith 4-10 2-2 10, Hezonja 1-3 0-0 3, Watson 2-4 0-0 5, Ilyasova 3-8 1-2 7, Marble 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-82 18-22 103.

Cleveland 27 36 20 26— 109

Orlando 29 25 32 17— 103

3-Point GoalsCleveland 13-28 (Frye 4-6, Love 3-5, Irving 2-3, J. Smith 2-5, Shumpert 2-5, Dellavedova 0-1, James 0-3), Orlando 11-22 (Oladipo 6-7, Fournier 2-3, Watson 1-1, Gordon 1-2, Hezonja 1-3, Marble 0-1, Jennings 0-2, Ilyasova 0-3). Fouled OutFournier. ReboundsCleveland 52 (Thompson 15), Orlando 42 (Gordon 10). AssistsCleveland 23 (James 8), Orlando 24 (Jennings 7). Total FoulsCleveland 21, Orlando 24. TechnicalsOrlando defensive three second 2. A18,046 (18,500).

Thunder 111, 76ers 97

OKLAHOMA CITY (111): Durant 11-16 3-3 26, Collison 3-5 0-0 6, Adams 6-10 0-0 12, Westbrook 8-20 2-4 20, Roberson 2-4 0-0 5, Singler 1-3 0-0 2, Foye 2-6 4-4 9, Kanter 6-10 3-3 16, McGary 2-3 0-0 4, Waiters 3-10 2-4 9, Payne 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 45-89 14-18 111.

PHILADELPHIA (97): Thompson 5-12 4-5 16, Grant 4-14 7-12 15, Noel 5-15 2-3 12, Smith 3-9 0-1 6, Canaan 3-9 1-2 10, Brand 1-3 1-2 3, Stauskas 9-15 0-0 23, Weems 0-1 0-0 0, McConnell 3-4 2-2 8, Landry 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 35-89 17-27 97.

Oklahoma City 27 26 32 26— 111

Philadelphia 23 24 21 29— 97

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 7-22 (Westbrook 2-5, Kanter 1-1, Roberson 1-3, Waiters 1-3, Durant 1-4, Foye 1-5, Payne 0-1), Philadelphia 10-29 (Stauskas 5-7, Canaan 3-7, Thompson 2-8, Weems 0-1, Landry 0-1, Smith 0-2, Grant 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 68 (Westbrook 15), Philadelphia 44 (Noel 9). AssistsOklahoma City 27 (Westbrook 10), Philadelphia 24 (Smith 7). Total FoulsOklahoma City 24, Philadelphia 17. A20,388 (20,318).

Raptors 105, Celtics 91

BOSTON (91): Turner 4-9 4-4 12, A.Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Sullinger 3-7 0-0 6, Thomas 7-16 4-4 20, Bradley 4-13 0-0 8, Smart 3-9 0-0 7, Olynyk 2-7 0-0 5, Mickey 0-2 0-2 0, Hunter 3-3 0-0 8, Rozier 3-4 0-0 7, Zeller 2-4 2-2 6, Clarke 1-1 0-0 3, Young 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 36-82 10-12 91.

TORONTO (105): Powell 3-5 2-2 10, Scola 7-12 0-0 17, Biyombo 1-4 2-2 4, Lowry 9-14 9-14 32, DeRozan 6-14 2-2 15, Thompson 1-3 3-3 5, Ross 4-10 0-0 9, Joseph 2-8 0-0 4, Patterson 3-5 0-0 7, Nogueira 1-2 0-2 2, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Caboclo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-77 18-25 105.

Boston 14 27 33 17— 91

Toronto 30 25 24 26— 105

3-Point GoalsBoston 9-21 (Hunter 2-2, Thomas 2-5, Rozier 1-1, Clarke 1-1, Smart 1-2, Young 1-2, Olynyk 1-4, Turner 0-1, Sullinger 0-1, Bradley 0-2), Toronto 13-28 (Lowry 5-8, Scola 3-5, Powell 2-3, Patterson 1-2, DeRozan 1-2, Ross 1-5, Joseph 0-1, Thompson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 43 (A.Johnson 6), Toronto 52 (Biyombo 11). AssistsBoston 18 (Rozier 5), Toronto 18 (DeRozan 6). Total FoulsBoston 18, Toronto 19. TechnicalsThomas, Boston defensive three second. A19,800 (19,800).

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