NBA roundup: Seventh straight win for Cavaliers

The 57th triple-double of LeBron James’ career saw the Cleveland Cavaliers secure a seventh straight win on Friday night.

James finished with 27 points, along with season-highs of 16 rebounds and 13 assists, as the Cavaliers edged out the Charlotte Hornets 100-99.

With 48 seconds remaining, JR Smith sank the crucial tie-breaking free throw.

Andre Drummond finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons fought back from a 15-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 99-98.

Russell Westbrook had a chance to win it for the Thunder on the last play of the game, but missed from the three-point line for the ninth time in the match. However, he did finish with his sixth triple double of the season, with 27 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds.

Wayne Ellington came off the bench to hit six three-pointers, as the Miami Heat beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-97.

It was a season-best shooting performance from the Heat, with Goran Dragic adding 20 points.

The Portland Trail Blazers were facing defeat against the New York Nets, but fought back to win 127-125.

Portland were six points behind late in the fourth quarter, but Josuf Nurkic’s three-pointer with 27 seconds to go was enough for the win.

Dennis Schroder scored 26 points as the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing streak to beat the New York Knicks 116-104.

The Boston Celtics rebounded well from their first loss in more than a month after a blistering first quarter saw them beat the Orlando Magic 118-103.

The Celtics scored 40 points in the first quarter and had 73 by half-time. Kyrie Irving was the top scorer with a 30-point haul.

The Indiana Pacers won their fifth successive game after narrowly beating the Toronto Raptors 107-104.

Victor Oladipo was the best of six Pacers players in double figures, with Lance Stephenson proving to be the match-winner in the fourth quarter.

The Denver Nuggets secured a fifth home win on the spin after beating the Memphis Grizzlies 104-82.

Nikolo Jokic scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, to go with his 13 rebounds and eight assists.

Anthony Davis finished with 23 points and nine rebounds, while DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Phoenix Suns 115-91.

The Golden State Warriors thrashed the Chicago Bulls 143-94, with Steph Curry (33 points) and Klay Thompson (29) leading the charge.

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