LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight home game, 115-112 over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.
James had 11 points in the fourth quarter and made two free throws with 11.1 seconds left as the Cavaliers won for the 19th time in 21 games and ended the Bulls’ winning streak at seven games.
With Cleveland’s Jae Crowder guarding him closely, Chicago’s Denzel Valentine was short on a three-point attempt in the final second. Rookie Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points, Valentine had 18 and Nikola Mirotic 15 for the Bulls, who lost for the first time since Dec. 6. Chicago’s win streak followed a 10-game losing skid.
at New York 102, Boston 93: Michael Beasley scored 28 of his season-high 32 points in the second half and the Knicks handed the Celtics a second loss in a row. New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, who sat out two straight games with a sore left knee, missed 11 shots and scored one point. Kyrie Irving scored 32 points for Boston.
Toronto 114, at Philadelphia 109: DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 45 points and the Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Joel Embiid-less 76ers. Embiid missed two games with back tightness after logging a career-high 49 minutes in a triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City last Friday. He participated in shootaround Thursday and coach Brett Brown said less than two hours before tipoff that Embiid was “probable” and would play barring a setback in warmups. Embiid didn't show any discomfort during pregame drills, but was ruled out about 30 minutes before tipoff. Philadelphia is 1-7 without Embiid this season.
at Utah 100, San Antonio 89: Rodney Hood scored 29 points and the Jazz fended off multiple comeback attempts by the Spurs. With Utah leading 82-81, Hood scored nine straight points, part of a 13-2 run that finally put the game away. Bryn Forbes led San Antonio with 12 points.