Hornets triumph in OT; triumphs for Rockets, Cavs

The Charlotte Hornets needed Overtime to get past the Toronto Raptors, while the Houston Rockets thumped the LA Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers got the better of Oklahoma City Thunder in Thursday's NBA action.

In Charlotte, Jeremy Lin made only his second start for the Hornets as the hosts beat the Raptors 109-99, after the scores were locked at 90-all at the end of regulation time. 

Lin made a season-high 35 while Kemba Walker added 27 points to their cause while PJ Hairston's 14 points included a late three-pointer which put the Hornets into the lead in OT.

DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors' most impressive performer with 31 points, four rebounds and five assists.

The LeBron James-inspired Cavaliers left it late but ultimately proved to strong for the Thunder, winning 104-100. 

The Cavs trailed by four heading into the final quarter before a 30-22 final quarter saw the hosts through.

James had a fine night, scoring 33 points, assisting 11 and claiming nine rebounds, while Russell Westbrook was the most impressive of the Thunder players, scoring 27 points and assisting 10.

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant's 22-point haul wasn't enough to inspire the Lakers as the Rockets claimed a 107-87 victory.

James Harden scored 25 points for the Rockets as well as assisting six times and claiming six rebounds.