NBA roundup: Nance’s tip gives Cavs rare road win as Pacers’ streak ends
Larry Nance Jr.’s buzzer-beating tip-in for Cleveland snapped Indiana’s seven-game winning streak.
Nance finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ third road win of the season. Rodney Hood scored 17 to lead Cleveland (8-23).
The Pacers (20-11) were led by Domantas Sabonis’ 17 points, but they never took control long enough to pull away. Victor Oladipo missed two free throws with 9.5 seconds left, failing to extend Indiana’s 91-90 lead.
at Atlanta 118, Washington 110: Jeremy Lin scored 12 of his 16 points in the final period and Atlanta overcame Bradley Beal’s 29 points for Washington.
Seven players scored in double figures to help the last-place Hawks (7-23) stop a three-game skid. John Collins had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while rookie Trae Young scored 19.
Lin’s big fourth quarter included a dribble fake that sent Thomas Satoransky falling backward, leaving Lin open for a jumper and a 103-93 lead. Lin added a layup on Atlanta’s next possession.
Trevor Ariza started at forward and had 19 points in his return to the Wizards. Beal grabbed 10 rebounds.
The 33-year-old Ariza was acquired from Phoenix in a trade announced Monday.
at Denver 126, Dallas 118: Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray dished out a career-high 15 assists and Denver extended its home winning streak to seven games by beating Dallas.
At 21-9, the Nuggets matched the 1976-77 squad for the best start through 30 games in franchise history. They also remain on top of the Western Conference by percentage points over Golden State. This is rarefied air for the Nuggets: The last time they had played more than 25 games and were alone in first place in the conference was March 1977.
Murray contributed 22 points for the injury-depleted Nuggets, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
Luka Doncic had a big game for Dallas with 23 points and a career-best 12 assists, while Harrison Barnes scored 30. The Mavericks hit 15 3-pointers against the NBA’s top long-range defense.
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