Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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James beats buzzer to rescue Cavaliers

CLEVELAND — LeBron James made a running hook shot with a second left and scored 26, giving the Cavaliers a 90-88 victory over the Nets on Saturday night.

After Joe Johnson's three free throws tied the score with 15.2 seconds left, the Cavaliers called timeout and took the ball at midcourt.

James took the inbounds pass and dribbled to the top of the key before cutting to the right of the lane and hitting a hook shot over Brook Lopez, the Nets' 7-foot center.

James added a key steal late in the game to help Cleveland improve to 9-0 at home.

Kevin Love also scored 26 for Cleveland, which played a sluggish first half and didn't take its first lead until midway through the third quarter.

Lopez led Brooklyn with 22 points. Johnson added 17 for the Nets, who fell to 1-10 on the road.

Tristan Thompson's basket with 1:13 left gave Cleveland an 86-85 lead and James made two free throws with 16 seconds left, but Johnson was fouled by J.R. Smith attempting a 3-pointer.

Johnson hit all three free throws, but James made sure the Nets' strong effort fell short.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Cory Joseph made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the visiting Raptors an 84-82 victory over the Wizards. Kyle Lowry scored 27 for Toronto, which before Joseph's 3 had not led since early in the first quarter. … Kawhi Leonard scored 22 and the host Spurs won their fifth straight, holding the Hawks to several season lows offensively in a 108-88 victory. Atlanta had lows for points in any quarter (12 in the second) and first-half points (37) and matched a season low for total points.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: A man has come forward saying 76ers center Jahlil Okafor assaulted him during a fight in Boston that was recorded on cellphone video and posted online, police said. … Former college player of the year Jimmer Fredette is expected to debut with the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League on Monday night.

Cavaliers 90, Nets 88

BROOKLYN (88): Johnson 5-11 5-5 17, Young 7-16 2-4 16, Lopez 10-15 2-5 22, Jack 3-13 4-4 12, Hollis-Jefferson 2-4 2-2 6, Bargnani 3-9 0-0 6, Bogdanovic 1-4 0-0 2, Larkin 2-5 3-4 7, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-0 0-0 0, Ellington 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 18-24 88.

CLEVELAND (90): James 10-22 5-6 26, Love 8-14 4-4 26, Mozgov 1-7 0-0 2, Williams 7-13 0-0 14, Smith 3-12 0-2 6, Thompson 4-11 2-5 10, Jones 1-1 0-0 3, Dellavedova 1-5 0-0 3, Jefferson 0-2 0-0 0, Varejao 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-87 11-17 90.

Brooklyn 24 26 18 20— 88

Cleveland 17 27 25 21— 90

3-Point GoalsBrooklyn 4-17 (Johnson 2-5, Jack 2-5, Bogdanovic 0-1, Bargnani 0-1, Young 0-1, Ellington 0-4), Cleveland 9-27 (Love 6-11, Jones 1-1, Dellavedova 1-2, James 1-6, Williams 0-1, Jefferson 0-1, Mozgov 0-1, Smith 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBrooklyn 54 (Young 12), Cleveland 58 (Thompson 11). AssistsBrooklyn 21 (Jack 14), Cleveland 20 (Dellavedova 6). Total FoulsBrooklyn 18, Cleveland 19. TechnicalsJack, Williams. A20,562 (20,562).

Raptors 84, Wizards 82

TORONTO (84): Carroll 1-8 2-2 4, Scola 3-6 0-0 6, Biyombo 0-1 0-0 0, Lowry 9-19 3-4 27, DeRozan 9-21 3-4 23, Patterson 2-4 1-2 7, Joseph 4-6 0-0 9, Ross 1-4 2-2 4, Johnson 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-72 11-14 84.

WASHINGTON (82): Porter 3-10 4-4 13, Dudley 3-7 0-0 7, Gortat 8-14 0-1 16, Wall 6-25 5-8 18, Beal 5-9 8-8 20, Sessions 0-7 3-4 3, Temple 0-6 1-2 1, Humphries 2-3 0-0 4, Oubre Jr. 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-82 21-27 82.

Toronto 16 23 23 22— 84

Washington 23 22 23 14— 82

3-Point GoalsToronto 11-24 (Lowry 6-11, Patterson 2-3, DeRozan 2-3, Joseph 1-1, Scola 0-1, Ross 0-2, Carroll 0-3), Washington 7-23 (Porter 3-5, Beal 2-4, Dudley 1-3, Wall 1-4, Sessions 0-3, Temple 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 52 (Biyombo 16), Washington 53 (Gortat 10). AssistsToronto 17 (Joseph 6), Washington 20 (Beal 6). Total FoulsToronto 21, Washington 16. A16,841 (20,308).

Spurs 108, Hawks 88

ATLANTA (88): Sefolosha 3-5 1-2 8, Millsap 3-9 2-5 8, Horford 4-11 2-2 10, Teague 2-10 1-2 6, Korver 3-4 0-0 6, Muscala 3-8 0-0 6, Bazemore 5-10 1-1 11, Schroder 4-7 1-1 9, Patterson 1-4 0-0 3, Scott 5-9 0-0 12, Hardaway Jr. 1-5 0-0 2, Holiday 2-3 0-0 5, Mack 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 37-87 8-13 88.

SAN ANTONIO (108): Leonard 6-11 7-7 22, Aldridge 6-15 1-1 13, Duncan 5-9 0-0 10, Parker 5-9 1-1 11, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Ginobili 3-8 6-6 12, Mills 5-6 0-0 13, Diaw 4-6 0-0 9, Anderson 1-3 2-2 5, West 1-2 0-0 2, Simmons 2-5 1-1 5, Butler 0-3 0-0 0, Marjanovic 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 40-85 19-20 108.

Atlanta 25 12 22 29— 88

San Antonio 23 31 26 28— 108

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 6-26 (Scott 2-3, Holiday 1-2, Patterson 1-3, Sefolosha 1-3, Teague 1-4, Korver 0-1, Millsap 0-1, Muscala 0-1, Horford 0-1, Schroder 0-2, Bazemore 0-2, Hardaway Jr. 0-3), San Antonio 9-17 (Leonard 3-3, Mills 3-4, Diaw 1-1, Anderson 1-1, Green 1-2, Simmons 0-1, Parker 0-1, Ginobili 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 49 (Millsap 8), San Antonio 52 (Duncan 18). AssistsAtlanta 28 (Schroder 6), San Antonio 25 (Parker 6). Total FoulsAtlanta 17, San Antonio 14. TechnicalsBazemore, San Antonio Coach Popovich. A18,418 (18,797).

Mavericks 92, Nuggets 81

DENVER (81): Gallinari 4-12 2-2 12, Arthur 8-13 0-0 16, Jokic 2-3 3-4 8, Mudiay 5-15 2-4 12, Foye 2-9 0-0 5, Barton 4-13 2-2 14, Lauvergne 0-1 0-0 0, Nelson 1-4 0-0 2, Faried 4-5 2-3 10, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Papanikolaou 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 30-75 13-17 81.

DALLAS (92): Parsons 2-7 0-0 4, Nowitzki 4-9 4-4 13, Pachulia 5-8 6-9 16, Williams 7-15 4-4 22, Matthews 3-11 0-0 7, Powell 3-6 0-0 6, Felton 5-10 1-3 12, D.Harris 3-6 0-0 6, McGee 1-2 1-2 3, Anderson 0-2 0-2 0, Villanueva 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Jenkins 0-0 1-1 1. Totals 33-77 19-27 92.

Denver 25 27 5 24— 81

Dallas 22 26 25 19— 92

3-Point GoalsDenver 8-25 (Barton 4-8, Gallinari 2-6, Jokic 1-1, Foye 1-4, Lauvergne 0-1, Nelson 0-2, Mudiay 0-3), Dallas 7-26 (Williams 4-8, Nowitzki 1-3, Felton 1-3, Matthews 1-7, Villanueva 0-1, Parsons 0-1, Powell 0-1, Anderson 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 53 (Gallinari 9), Dallas 48 (Pachulia 12). AssistsDenver 17 (Mudiay, Barton 4), Dallas 18 (Williams, Matthews 4). Total FoulsDenver 22, Dallas 14. TechnicalsFaried. A20,339 (19,200).

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