The Cavs took down the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-112 last night, marking a second straight victory against a contending-level team (they also blew out the Boston Celtics on Sunday.) Those last two wins have been telling in a sense as they have come with George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson - all players the Cavs acquired at the trade deadline - playing major roles.
J.R. Smith added 18 points and drained six three pointers for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on January 20 with a very different roster.
As the Cavs head into the All-Star break with a renewed confidence, OKC will welcome the break having dropped six of their past eight games. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds and Westbrook finished with 21 points.
The game marked the return of Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder lineup. Cleveland took a 91-87 edge into the fourth quarter. James Harden paced the Rockets with 34 points and 12 assists, drilling 6 of 10 treys, as did Anderson.
The Cavaliers are averaging 126 points during their four-game win streak and have scored at least 120 points in each game. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 35 points and 12 rebounds, while Jeff Teague added 25 points and eight assists.
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Raptors 115, Heat 112: DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points, Kyle Lowry had 22 and Toronto beat visiting Miami for its sixth straight win.
A Wayne Ellington 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left cut Toronto's lead to 114-112.
Goran Dragic scored 28 points and James Johnson had 16 for the Heat, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Dwyane Wade picked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists off the bench.
Denver forged a 15-3 run over next four-plus minutes, as Gary Harris scored seven points down the stretch and Will Barton and Wilson Chandler added four points each. The Spurs got a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds from Joffrey Lauvergne plus 17 points from Tony Parker.
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Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota's first home loss since December 16 against Phoenix.
James scored 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers, to give Cleveland a 78-68 lead.
Bucks 97, Hawks 92: Khris Middleton scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half as Milwaukee overcame a slow start to beat visiting Atlanta.
The victory was the Kings' second in three meetings with the Mavericks this season.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Berea's assist total was a season high.
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