Cavs Snip Nuggets, NBA Roundup
Published on December 5 2013 6:16 am
Last Updated on December 5 2013 6:16 am
Written by Millie Lange
Cavs Snip Nuggets
(Cleveland, OH) -- Kyrie Irving's 23 points and four assists helped the Cavaliers pull past the Nuggets, 98-88, at Quicken Loans Arena. It was Cleveland's second straight win, the first time they've earned victories in consecutive games this season. Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao each posted double-doubles for the Cavs. Thompson grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds. Ty Lawson shot 1-for-13 from the field in the loss, but did have 11 assists. Randy Foye had a team-high 16 points and knocked down three from behind the arc for Denver. The Nuggets seven-game winning streak came to an end.
Hawks Handle Clippers
(Atlanta, GA) -- Paul Millsap racked up 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks to lead the Hawks to a 107-97 win over the Clippers at Philips Arena. Kyle Korver hit 6-of-9 from behind on the arc on his way to 23 points. Korver tied the NBA record for most consecutive games with a three-pointer at 89 which was set by Dana Barros in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Al Horford added 21 points and nine boards for the Hawks, who evened their record at 10-10. Blake Griffin netted 24 points and Chris Paul posted 19 points and 11 assists for LA, which has dropped two in-a-row after a four-game winning streak. Darren Collison and Jamal Crawford both chipped in with 13 points off the bench in the setback.
Mavs Sneak Past Pelicans
(New Orleans, LA) -- Ryan Anderson missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game in the closing seconds as the Pelicans fell to the Mavericks, 100-97, at New Orleans Arena. Dirk Nowitzki posted 21 points and seven rebounds, while Monta Ellis tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists. Dallas picked up its second win in-a-row to move to 12-8. Jrue Holiday dropped a game high 26 points and nine assists in the loss. Al-Farouq Aminu went off for 16 points and 21 rebounds as the Pelicans dropped to 9-9.
Pistons Pop Bucks
(Milwaukee, WI) -- Andre Drummond posted 24 points and 19 rebounds to power the Pistons to a 105-98 win over the Bucks at the Bradley Center. Greg Monroe also had a double-double with 18 points and 17 boards for Detroit, which has won three straight. Brandon Jennings contributed 17 points and 11 assists in the win. Ersan Ilyasova tallied 22 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Milwaukee, which has lost two in-a-row. John Henson chipped in with 12 points, nine boards and three blocks for the Bucks.
Suns Hold Off Rockets In Houston
(Houston, TX) -- Eric Bledsoe scored a game-high 20 points and Goran Dragic had 19 against his former team, as the Suns held on to beat the Rockets 97-88 at the Toyota Center. P.J. Tucker added 18 points and Channing Frye had 14 for Phoenix, which snapped a brief two-game skid. Dwight Howard notched 15 points and 18 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot just 35-percent as a team. James Harden was held to 14 points on 3-of-17 shooting from the field. Aaron Brooks dropped in a team-best 17 points off the pine in defeat. Houston has lost two in-a-row on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
Pacers Quiet Jazz
(Salt Lake City, UT) -- Paul George scored nine of his 19 points in the fourth quarter to help the Pacers clinch a 95-86 win over the Jazz in Salt Lake City. All five Indiana starters were in double figures, and Luis Scola added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench. The Pacers improved to 17-2. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter combined for 42 points and 23 rebounds in the loss. Trey Burke added 13 points and dished out nine assists as Utah fell to 4-16.
Blazers Top Thunder For West's Best Record
(Portland, OR) -- LaMarcus Aldridge filled the stat sheet with 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Trail Blazers topped the Thunder 111-104 at the Moda Center. Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard both scored 14 points for the Blazers, who have won three in-a-row to improve to a Western Conference-best 16-3. Robin Lopez had 12 points and 10 boards in the victory. Kevin Durant dropped in a team-high 33 points for OKC, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped. Russell Westbrook netted 21 points and Serge Ibaka added 13 points and 10 boards in the setback.
Bulls Battle Heat
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Bulls continue a four-game homestand tonight against the defending champion Miami Heat. The Bulls opened the stretch with a 131-128 triple overtime loss to New Orleans Monday. That loss dropped the Bulls to 7-9. The Heat opened the season with a 107-95 win over the Bulls in Miami.
Bulls Recall Teague
(Deerfield, IL) -- The Chicago Bulls are calling up guard Marquis Teague from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Teague was sent to Iowa on Tuesday. Prior to his trip to Iowa, Teague was averaging 1.2 points and under an assist per game in nine contests.
Wednesday, December 4 Scoreboard
Cleveland Cavaliers 98, Denver Nuggets 88
Atlanta Hawks 107, Los Angeles Clippers 97
Dallas Mavericks 100, New Orleans Pelicans 97
Detroit Pistons 105, Milwaukee Bucks 98
Phoenix Suns 97, Houston Rockets 88
Indiana Pacers 95, Utah Jazz 86
Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs (at Mexico City, Mexico) PPD
Portland Trail Blazers 111, Oklahoma City Thunder 104
Thursday, December 5 Schedule (All Times Central)
6:00 p.m. - New York Knicks at Brooklyn Nets
7:00 p.m. - Los Angeles Clippers at Memphis Grizzlies
8:30 p.m. - Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls