NBA roundup: Spurs edge Cavaliers in OT behind Kawhi Leonard’s career-high 41 points

Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James

Cavaliers forward LeBron James tries to drive past Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during a game on Jan. 21, 2017.

(Tony Dejak / Associated Press)

Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 41 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-115, in overtime Saturday night despite missing starters Tony Parker and Pau Gasol. 

Leonard scored six in overtime, including a game-sealing dunk with 4.9 seconds left, as the Spurs regrouped after a late collapse in regulation. David Lee, making a rare start in place of the injured Gasol, added 14 points as San Antonio improved to 18-4 on the road. 

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored 29 apiece for the Cavaliers, who had the last shot in regulation and plenty of opportunities in the extra five minutes. Cleveland still had a chance to tie it in the final second of overtime, but Kevin Love missed a three-point attempt. 

Portland 127, at Boston 123 (OT): Damian Lillard had 28 points, including a pivotal three-point play with 47 seconds left in overtime, and CJ McCollum scored 35 for the Trail Blazers. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 41 points.


Houston 119, at Memphis 95: Sam Dekker’s career-high 30 points and James Harden’s 29 points and 10 assists lifted the Rockets.

at Detroit 113, Washington 112: Marcus Morris tipped in the winning basket at the buzzer as the Pistons won their third straight.

at Chicago 102, Sacramento 99: Dwyane Wade snapped a 99-99 tie with a free throw with 14 seconds left and scored 30 points, and the Bulls overcame 42 points by the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins.

at Utah 109, Indiana 100: George Hill scored a season-high 30 points against his former team, and Gordon Hayward had 27 for the Jazz.


at Charlotte 112, Brooklyn 105: The Bobcats won their third straight. Nicolas Batum’s four-point play put them up for good with 3:21 left.

at Atlanta 110, Philadelphia 93: Paul Millsap scored 22 points and Dwight Howard had 15 rebounds as the Hawks won for the ninth time in 11 games. The 76ers lost for just the third time in 11 games.

at Miami 109, Milwaukee 97: Dion Waiters had 33 points as the Heat earned their first three-game win streak since March and handed the Bucks their fifth straight loss.

Phoenix 107, at New York 105: Devin Booker had 26 points, including a go-ahead three with 31 seconds to go, and the Suns beat former coach Jeff Hornacek and the Knicks.

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