CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, LeBron James added 30 and the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a 40-point performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-119 on Tuesday night.
The Cavs have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season — for all the wrong reasons. But after losing five of six, they did enough to hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss and keep Cleveland fans from panicking.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis scored 28 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining, and the Knicks earned their third straight victory.
The Eastern Conference player of the week was held below 30 for only the third time in 10 games this season, but he delivered when it mattered, scoring seven points in the final 2:32.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 37 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, and DeMarcus Cousins added 32 points and 13 boards.
Davis was 14 for 18 from the field in New Orleans’ third straight win. Darius Miller scored 12 points, and Jameer Nelson had 10.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, and the Spurs made a season-high 15 3-pointers in their third straight win.
San Antonio also had a season-best 12 steals, and Danny Green, Rudy Gay and Pau Gasol all had or matched their best scoring output of the season. Green scored 24 points, Gay had 22 and Gasol added 19.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and the Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak.
Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks.
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat Chicago for its first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had a career-high 41 points for Denver, and Will Barton and Paul Millsap scored 17 apiece.
Jokic also had 12 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The Nets starters couldn’t match Jokic’s output; they combined for 40 points.
76ERS 104, JAZZ 97
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dario Saric scored a season-high 25 points and Philadelphia won its fifth straight game.
The winning streak is the longest for the 76ers since the 2011-12 season.