NBA Round Up 4 December

Thursday evening was a much quieter night in the NBA as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers all got wins on the board.

The Cavaliers overcame a 7-in-17 shooting night from LeBron James to edge the New York Knicks 90-87 on the back of Kyrie Irving's season-high 37 points.

James, though, did add 19 points and 12 assists as the Cavs secured their fifth-straight win and improve to 10-7 for the season.

For the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony only managed nine points as he shot 21.1% from the field, but Tim Hardaway Jr led the hosts with 20 points from the bench at Madison Square Garden.

Over at the Moda Center, LaMarcus Aldridge posted up 18 points and 13 assists despite making just seven of his 21 field goals on the night, as the Trail Blazers edged past the Indiana Pacers 88-82.

Dame Lillard led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 46.7% from the field as the Blazers made it three in a row and 12 of their last 13.

There were some worrying moment after Lillard jammed his finger in the game, though X-rays afterwards showed no real damage.

The Pacers did pull within three points with 53 seconds remaining, but could not close the gap any further. Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points for the visitors, who slumped to their third defeat on their four-game roadtrip.

Elsewhere, the Warriors improved what is currently the best record in the NBA to 18-2 with another terrific offensive display in a 112-85 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, shooting 41.6% as a team.

The Pelicans' Anthony Davis led the scoring with 30 points and 15 rebounds, but it was Stephen Curry, with 19 points and a season-high 11 assists, and Klay Thompson with 23 that ran the show at the ORACLE Arena.

Golden State now lead the NBA in field goal percentage and assists, while also topping the charts in opponents' field goal percentage, blocked shots and defensive rebounds.

Steve Kerr's men have also matched the franchise's longest winning streak in history with 11 straight victories and are showing no signs of slowing down just yet.

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