NBA roundup: James shines for Cavs

LeBron James scored 29 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 110-108 in overtime on Friday night.

The Cavaliers lead Toronto by 2½ games in the race for the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.

James moved past Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins into 12th place on the NBA’s scoring list. For Atlanta, Paul Millsap was the top performer scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

The Charlotte Hornets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 100-91 with Kemba Walker nailing 27 points and 11 rebounds to leave them on the verge of clinching an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

After overcoming a slow start Nicolas Batum scored 19 points and seven assists for the Hornets.

For Philadelphia, Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson, each scored 17 points.

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 98-89 as J.J. Barea scored 29 points and Dirk Nowitzki got 19 to remain tied with Utah for seventh place in the Western Conference.

For the Pistons, Marcus Morris scored a season-high 29 points and Andre Drummond got 12 points and 17 rebounds.

The New York Knicks overcame the Brooklyn Nets 105-91 with Langston Galloway scoring 14 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in New York.

Derrick Williams scored 16 points and Jerian Grant finished with 14 points and Carmelo Anthony scored 13.

For the Nets, Thomas Robinson scored 14 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.

In Milwaukee, the Bucks beat the Orlando Magic 113-110 with 10.1 seconds remaining Jabari Parker made a driving basket Milwaukee ahead and Tyler Ennis nailed two free throws for the win,

Parker ended up with 26 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton each added 18 points.

For the Magic, Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo added 18.

The Toronto Raptors held off the Memphis Grizzlies to win 99-95 as DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points and Kyle Lowry added 22.

Jonas Valanciunas added 11 points, 14 rebounds and a career-best seven blocks. Zach Randolph scored 16 points for the Grizzlies who lost their fifth straight.

The Utah Jazz defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-85 in Salt Lake City with Gordon Hayward scoring 22 points.

For Minnesota, Andrew Wiggins scored 24 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns got 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Miami Heat downed the Sacramento Kings 112-106 at Sleep Train Arena with Gerald Green scored a season-high 30 points.

For Miami, Green made 11 of 18 shots and 8 of 10 during a 15-point first quarter.

Sacramento cut an 87-63 third-quarter deficit to 105-104 but Joe Johnson’s short jumper and a 3-pointer by Luol Deng on Miami’s next possession helped the Heat hold on.

For Sacramento, Darren Collison scored 26 points, two rebounds and two assists.

At Talking Stick Resort Arena, the Washington Wizards beat the Phoenix Suns 106-99 as John Wall had 22 points and 10 assists and Markieff Morris scored 21 points.

Guard Bradley Beal scored 21 points and cMarcin Gortat had 11 points and 11 rebounds to remain three games behind Chicago for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

For the Suns, Mirza Teletovic scored 24 points, 12 rebounds and one assist.

At Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors suffered their first home defeat in more than 14 months when losing to the Boston Celtics 109-106 as Stephen Curry missed a long 3-pointer to tie it with 5.3 seconds left to end an NBA-record 54-game home winning streak.

Jared Sullinger scored 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists for the Celtics while Curry ended with 29 points, five rebounds and six assists for the Warriors.

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