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Pistons hold on, limit James to 12

CLEVELAND — Reggie Jackson scored 23, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 19 and the Pistons withstood a late comeback for a 96-88 win over the Cavaliers on Monday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

One day after New Orleans center Anthony Davis had 59 points and 20 rebounds against them, the Pistons beat the Eastern Conference's top team for the second time this season.

Kyrie Irving scored 30 and Kevin Love 24 for Cleveland. LeBron James scored 12 points — 13 below his average — and went 5 of 18 from the floor, missing all four 3-point tries and committing six turnovers.

Tobias Harris, acquired from Orlando in a trade last week, scored 14 in his first start for the Pistons.

Detroit opened the fourth with a 13-2 run to take an 18-point lead on Caldwell-Pope's short jumper with 6:31 left.

The Cavs got within 88-82. But Jackson responded by making a floater in the lane, and Caldwell-Pope made the game's biggest play, stripping a driving James and then taking the ball the length of the floor for a layup.

After the game, Irving revealed he didn't play Sunday against the Thunder after being bitten by bed bugs in his Oklahoma City hotel. "I was freaked out," he said.

WARRIORS REACH 50 WINS: Stephen Curry scored 36 and the Warriors became the fastest team in NBA history to 50 wins, beating the host Hawks 102-92 after squandering a 23-point lead. Golden State (50-5) eclipsed the mark set by the 1995-96 Bulls, who needed one more game to win No. 50.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: DeMar DeRozan scored 22 in becoming the winningest player in Raptors history, and host Toronto beat the Knicks 122-95. Toronto won so easily that Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis changed his mind late in the blowout and inserted Jimmer Fredette, who wasn't supposed to play after signing a to a 10-day contract. Fredette, signed from the D-League, made a 3-pointer on his lone shot — about the only thing fans had to cheer during the team's 12th loss in 14 games. DeRozan passed Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson with his 233rd win in six-plus years in Toronto.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Mavericks signed forward David Lee to a prorated cap room exception salary for the rest of the season for $2.1 million, and waived guard John Jenkins. Lee, a former Gator standout who was waived by the Celtics on Friday, is expected to back up power forward Dirk Nowitzki, and can fill in as a backup center. Coach Rick Carlisle said: "I just think he's a quality veteran player whose been in a situation at Boston where they were overstocked and decided to go with younger guys." Lee has career averages of 14.4 points and 9.2 rebounds. "He's a smart player — obviously he's a veteran who knows how to play," Nowitzki said. "He can score around the basket, he's a good passer out of the post, he drives, he rebounds, which sometimes we have issues with our rebounding." … The Pistons rescinded last week's three-player, three-team trade with the Rockets and 76ers. Detroit general manager Jeff Bower said all the players involved in the deal were not cleared medically. He did not provide details, citing medical privacy. Houston had traded guard Marcus Thornton and center Donatas Motiejunas to Detroit for center Joel Anthony and a first-round pick. The Rockets also acquired the draft rights of forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum from Philadelphia.

Pistons 96, Cavaliers 88

DETROIT (96): Harris 6-14 1-1 14, Morris 6-16 1-1 14, Drummond 4-8 8-14 16, Jackson 9-17 2-2 23, Caldwell-Pope 8-10 1-2 19, Johnson 4-9 1-1 10, Hilliard 0-2 0-0 0, Baynes 0-3 0-0 0, Blake 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-80 14-21 96.

CLEVELAND (88): James 5-18 2-2 12, Love 8-15 5-5 24, Thompson 0-2 0-0 0, Irving 11-21 5-6 30, Smith 3-7 0-0 7, Dellavedova 3-8 0-0 7, Mozgov 2-3 0-0 4, Frye 1-3 0-0 2, Jefferson 1-2 0-0 2, Kaun 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-79 12-13 88.

Detroit 33 23 19 21— 96

Cleveland 28 21 19 20— 88

3-Point GoalsDetroit 8-25 (Jackson 3-5, Caldwell-Pope 2-3, Johnson 1-4, Harris 1-5, Morris 1-6, Hilliard 0-1, Blake 0-1), Cleveland 8-26 (Love 3-7, Irving 3-7, Dellavedova 1-2, Smith 1-3, Jefferson 0-1, Frye 0-2, James 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 53 (Drummond 15), Cleveland 43 (James 8). AssistsDetroit 17 (Morris, Jackson 4), Cleveland 19 (James, Irving 5). Total FoulsDetroit 15, Cleveland 21. TechnicalsMorris. Flagrant Fouls—Dellavedova. A20,562 (20,562).

Raptors 122, Knicks 95

TORONTO (122): Johnson 4-7 3-3 12, Scola 2-6 0-0 4, Valanciunas 9-14 2-2 20, Lowry 7-13 6-6 22, DeRozan 8-17 5-7 22, Biyombo 4-4 2-5 10, Joseph 5-9 1-2 13, Ross 4-10 0-0 12, Patterson 2-2 0-0 5, Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Nogueira 0-1 0-0 0, Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Powell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-87 19-25 122.

NEW YORK (95): Anthony 8-17 6-10 23, Porzingis 7-14 1-1 17, Lopez 10-14 1-1 21, Calderon 0-2 0-0 0, Afflalo 3-11 1-1 7, Thomas 3-9 2-2 9, Galloway 0-3 0-0 0, O'Quinn 0-3 0-2 0, Vujacic 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 2-3 2-4 6, Grant 3-5 2-2 9, Fredette 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-84 15-23 95.

Toronto 26 31 29 36— 122

New York 28 15 25 27— 95

3-Point GoalsToronto 11-25 (Ross 4-8, Joseph 2-3, Lowry 2-4, Patterson 1-1, Johnson 1-2, DeRozan 1-3, Powell 0-1, Scola 0-3), New York 6-20 (Porzingis 2-6, Fredette 1-1, Anthony 1-2, Grant 1-2, Thomas 1-3, Calderon 0-1, Williams 0-1, Galloway 0-2, Afflalo 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 52 (Lowry 11), New York 50 (Lopez 13). AssistsToronto 26 (Lowry 11), New York 18 (Anthony 5). Total FoulsToronto 19, New York 20. TechnicalsToronto defensive three second, Porzingis. A19,812 (19,763).

Warriors 102, Hawks 92

GOLDEN STATE (102): Barnes 5-8 1-2 14, Green 2-10 2-2 6, Bogut 1-4 1-2 3, Curry 14-22 3-3 36, Thompson 10-23 2-2 27, Iguodala 3-12 1-1 7, Barbosa 1-3 0-0 3, Rush 0-1 0-0 0, Speights 1-4 0-0 2, Livingston 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 39-89 10-12 102.

ATLANTA (92): Bazemore 1-7 2-2 4, Millsap 4-13 2-4 11, Horford 10-20 2-2 23, Teague 5-12 4-8 16, Korver 1-4 0-0 2, Muscala 0-0 0-0 0, Sefolosha 2-5 0-0 6, Schroder 8-12 0-0 18, Hardaway Jr. 5-9 0-0 12, Scott 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 36-86 10-16 92.

Golden State 30 28 18 26— 102

Atlanta 15 24 36 17— 92

3-Point GoalsGolden State 14-45 (Curry 5-11, Thompson 5-14, Barnes 3-6, Barbosa 1-3, Rush 0-1, Green 0-4, Iguodala 0-6), Atlanta 10-34 (Sefolosha 2-3, Hardaway Jr. 2-5, Schroder 2-5, Teague 2-6, Millsap 1-4, Horford 1-4, Korver 0-2, Scott 0-2, Bazemore 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 48 (Green 14), Atlanta 60 (Horford 16). AssistsGolden State 30 (Green 9), Atlanta 23 (Schroder, Horford, Teague 6). Total FoulsGolden State 17, Atlanta 17. TechnicalsAtlanta Coach Budenholzer. A19,330 (18,729).

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