Cleveland Cavaliers new head coach Tyronn Lue got his first win on Monday night with a 114-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves thanks to a top performance by LeBron James who scored 25 points, four rebounds and nine assists.
Lue had lost his first game in charge against Chicago on Saturday after replacing former coach David Blatt.
The Cavaliers struggles over the first two quarters against the Timberwolves but later in the third quarter they were on fire taking it 24-18 and looked solid in the fourth.
Midway through the fourth, the Timberwolves cut a 15-point lead down to 94-91. Tristan Thompson scored seven straight points and Matthew Dellavedova hit a 3-pointer increasing Cleveland’s lead to 104-91.
Minnesota did get back to within four but the Cavaliers never lost their lead.
Top performer for Minnesota was Karl Anthony-Towns with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
The Boston Celtics came away with a 116-91 win over the Washington Wizards with Isaiah Thomas scoring 23 points, four rebounds and nine assists.
Thomas was in great form nailing shots from all over the floor to give the Celtics their third straight game.
For the Celtics, Evan Turner got 18 points while Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart got 13, Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder both got 11.
For the Wizards, their top performer was Otto Porter Jr. scoring 15 points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Miami Heat won in Chicago beating the Bulls 89-84 with Dwyane Wade scoring 28 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and Miami came back from an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter to end a four-game losing streak.
In the fourth quarter, Wade scored 10 points and combined with Bosh to score five points in the final 1:02.
For the Bulls, Pau Gasol starred with 19 points, 17 rebounds and two assists.
In the Second half, Bulls guard Derrick Rose didn’t play due to lower back and right hamstring injuries.
In Memphis in overtime, the Grizzlies beat Orlando Magic 108-102 with Jeff Green scored a season-high 30 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
With 15.9 seconds left, two free throws by Mike Conley provided the final margin.
The Grizzlies should have put the game to bed earlier but only converted four of eight free throws.
Other players who reached double figures for the Grizzlies where, Zach Randolph with 18 points, Marc Gasol 17, Courtney Lee 16 and Conley had 12.
For the Magic, Tobias Harris, Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier scored 16 apiece.
In New Orleans, the Houston Rockets sneaked past the Pelicans 112-111 with James Harden scoring 35 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Trevor Ariza added 31.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis did not play in the second half after taking an elbow to the head from teammate Tyreke Evans.
Houston hit a season-best 19 3-pointers.
For the Pelicans, Jrue Holiday scored a season-high 32 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
The Atlanta Hawks got past the Nuggets 119-105 in Denver with Paul Millsap scoring 22 points and Al Horford with 18.
Jeff Teague scored 12 points and 10 assists for the Hawks and coming off the bench Dennis Schroder nailed 15 points. Will Barton scored 21 points for the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
The Detroit Pistons beat the Utah Jazz 95-92 thanks to Reggie Jackson scoring 29 points, three rebounds and four assists.
The top performer for Utah was Rudy Gobert with 17 points, 17 rebounds and one assist.
DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 56 points, 12 rebounds and four assists but could not stop the Sacramento Kings losing 128-129 against the Charlotte Hornets.
For the Hornets, Troy Daniels scored 28 points, knocking down 8 of 11 three-pointers.
The Golden State Warriors thumped the San Antonio Spurs 120-90 at the Oracle Arena with Steph Curry finishing with 37 points, four assists and five steals.
San Antonio were without Tim Duncan due to a knee injury. Their top performer was Kawhi Leonard with 16 points, five rebounds and two assists.