NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 20

Sacramento Kings 126, Portland Trail Blazers 121

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins scored a season-high 55 points, and his three-point play after his apparent ejection with 35 seconds left in the game lifted the Sacramento Kings to a 126-121 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.

The Kings forward scored on a driving layup and then appeared to receive his second technical foul when he shouted at the Portland bench and his mouthpiece flew toward the Blazers bench. Cousins sprinted off the court into the locker room, but moments later, referees motioned that he could return.

Cousins returned to a roar, made a free throw, then blocked a shot on defense on Portland’s next possession to help the Kings hold on. On the night, he pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked three shots.

CJ McCollum scored 36 points for Portland. Mason Plumlee scored a career-best 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and guard Damian Lillard added 24 points and 15 assists.

Cleveland Cavaliers 114, Milwaukee Bucks 108 (OT)

MILWAUKEE — LeBron James hit a 33-footer with 24 seconds left in overtime, and he scored 34 points to lead Cleveland past Milwaukee. James moved past Moses Malone into eighth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,442 points. Malone had 27,409 NBA points, plus 2,171 points in the ABA.

The Cavaliers also got 28 from Kyrie Irving and 15 off the bench from Channing Frye. Jabari Parker led Milwaukee with 30 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 25.

Cleveland’s J.R. Smith had a relatively quiet night, scoring six points on a pair of 3-pointers, but left the game late in the second quarter after sustaining an injury to his right thumb. He did not return, and test results were inconclusive.

San Antonio Spurs 102, Houston Rockets 100

HOUSTON — Patty Mills turned a scrambled offensive possession into a 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds left as San Antonio erased a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit en route to a win over Houston.

Houston had its 10-game winning streak snapped amid eight fourth-quarter turnovers. The Rockets also missed 31 of 38 3-point attempts, including a wide-open look from guard Eric Gordon following the Mills basket. The Rockets’ streak of games with at least 10 3-pointers made ended at 27.

Mills and Manu Ginobili combined for 25 points off the San Antonio bench, hitting 7 of 11 3-pointers. Kawhi Leonard paced the Spurs with 21 points while LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Houston’s James Harden posted 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists but missed 10 of 11 3-point tries.

Charlotte Hornets 117, Los Angeles Lakers 113

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nicolas Batum hit a go-ahead bank shot with 13 seconds remaining, and Charlotte fought back from a 19-point, first-half deficit to pull out a win over Los Angeles.

Batum’s bank shot gave the Hornets a 115-113 lead. After the Lakers’ Nick Young missed a 3-point attempt, Batum came back to hit two free throws for a 117-113 lead with six seconds remaining.

Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 28 points and added 10 assists. Batum had 23 points and 10 assists. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 25 points, and Young scored 24.

New Orleans Pelicans 108, Philadelphia 76ers 93

PHILADELPHIA — Anthony Davis collected 31 points and 16 rebounds as New Orleans beat Philadelphia.

Terrence Jones added 17 points and 10 boards for the Pelicans, who salvaged the final contest of a three-game road trip with only their third victory in the last 11 games. E’Twaun Moore contributed 15 points.

Ersan Ilyasova had 14 points to lead the Sixers, who lost for the ninth time in their last 10 home games and the 11th time in 14 games overall.

Toronto Raptors 116, Brooklyn Nets 104

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 23 points and added eight assists as Toronto defeated Brooklyn.

The Raptors won for the 12th time in their past 14 games in giving the Nets their third straight loss. The Nets are 1-13 on the road, while the Raptors are 11-5 at home.

Norman Powell added 21 points off the bench for the Raptors, and DeMarre Carroll scored 17. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 19 points for Brooklyn.

New York Knicks 118, Indiana Pacers 111

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points, matching his season high, and led New York to a win over Indiana.

Anthony drained 7 of 11 3-point attempts. He was 13 of 25 from the floor overall. Derrick Rose, back in the New York lineup after missing three of the previous four games due to back spasms, scored 24 points and dished out six assists. Kristaps Porzingis contributed 21 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young paced Indiana with 21 points apiece. Al Jefferson scored 18 points off the bench, and Jeff Teague registered 17 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.

Orlando Magic 136, Miami Heat 130 (2 OT)

MIAMI — Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier scored 26 points apiece as Orlando defeated Miami in double overtime.

Fournier’s 3-pointer with 1:26 remaining in the second overtime gave the Magic the lead for good at 126-123. Serge Ibaka’s jumper with 53 seconds left increased Orlando’s lead to 128-123.

Elfrid Payton scored 22 points and Ibaka scored 20 points and made 4 of 5 from 3-point range for the Magic. Vucevic also grabbed 12 rebounds. Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Johnson scored 32 points apiece for Miami. Whiteside shot 14 of 22 from the field and finished with 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Boston Celtics 112, Memphis Grizzlies 109 (OT)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Isaiah Thomas scored a career-high 44 points to lead Boston Celtics to an overtime win against Memphis.

Memphis center Marc Gasol (24 points, seven rebounds, six assists) missed a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds left in regulation. Boston center Al Horford (17 points, 14 rebounds) had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his short shot went in just after time expired.

Troy Daniels had 24 points off the bench for Memphis, and Mike Conley finished with 19 points and eight assists.

Golden State Warriors 104, Utah Jazz 74

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State overcame a sluggish start with a Klay Thompson-led, second-quarter flurry Tuesday night, eventually rolling to a victory over Utah.

Stephen Curry had a game-high 25 points, Kevin Durant chipped in with 22 and Thompson totaled 17, helping the Warriors record their seventh straight home win over the Jazz.

The 74 points allowed were the fewest of the season for the Warriors, who won by 30 or more points for the fifth time. Joe Johnson led the Jazz with 14 points.

Los Angeles Clippers 119, Denver Nuggets 102

LOS ANGELES — J.J. Redick scored 27 points, and Los Angeles coasted past Denver.

The Clippers, who played without injured forward Blake Griffin (knee surgery), received 16 points and 15 assists from point guard Chris Paul and 13 points and 13 rebounds from center DeAndre Jordan.

Will Barton came off the bench to score 22 points to lead the Nuggets, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Forward Danilo Gallinari contributed 17 points, and Kenneth Faried chipped in 15 points and 11 boards.

(upi)

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