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  • LeBron scores 34, Cavs win 6th straight, 108-98 over Thunder (The Associated Press)

    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win. James made a pair of 3-pointers and a nasty fade-away jumper to give the Cavs a 91-80 lead. The Cavs are now 6-1 since James returned after missing eight games with a strained back and knee. Love added 19 points and 13 rebounds, Kyrie Irving scored 21 and J. R. Smith had 14.

  • Hornets beat Melo-less Knicks 76-71 for 9th win in 11 games (The Associated Press)

    Brian Roberts believes the Charlotte Hornets are in good hands if Kemba Walker is out for any length of time. The third-year point guard filled in for Walker and scored 17 points, and the Hornets beat the New York Knicks 76-71 Saturday night for their ninth victory in the last 11 games. Roberts was 5 of 9 from the field and made all six free throws as the Hornets snapped the Knicks' three-game win streak. ''One of the advantage of bringing him here was that he started so many games last year so he's comfortable in that role,'' Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.

  • Thunder-Cavaliers Preview (The Associated Press)

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged from a tumultuous stretch into a win streak that has them looking like the team many thought they'd be all along. After falling in Phoenix in LeBron James' first game back from injury, the Cavaliers (24-20) have rattled off five straight wins, capped by a dominant 129-90 victory over Charlotte on Friday. James scored 25 in 27 minutes, J.R. Smith hit seven 3-pointers and Cleveland posted its highest scoring output of the season. "Right now, I feel like this is the team that I envisioned," James said of the Cavaliers, who have averaged 115.6 points during the win streak.

  • James scores 25 as Cavaliers rout Hornets 129-90 (The Associated Press)

    The Cavaliers are back on their game. LeBron James scored 25 points and Cleveland Cavaliers put on a dominant performance by routing the Charlotte Hornets 129-90 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. The Cavaliers have been through their share of injuries and controversy this season, which has also featured an eight-game winning streak and a 1-9 stretch that preceded the current run. ''Right now, I feel like this is the team that I envisioned,'' James said.

  • Soaring Hawks beat Thunder 103-93 for 15th straight win (The Associated Press)

    The Atlanta Hawks romped to their 15th straight victory, the longest streak in franchise history. Paul Millsap scored 22 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Hawks broke the record with a 103-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Before a raucous sellout crowd, the Hawks came out on top for the 29th time in 31 games to extend their Eastern-best record to 36-8. Four starters were in double figures and backup point guard Dennis Schroder led a spurt at the start of the fourth quarter that helped the Hawks pull away.

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis takes All-Star start in stride (The Associated Press)

    As he has done with everything else in his meteoric rise to NBA stardom, Anthony Davis is taking his first All-Star start in stride. Davis drew more than 1,369,911 votes from fans, the third-highest total in the league behind Golden State's Steph Curry (1,513,324) and Cleveland's LeBron James (1,470,483). About 18 hours after the vote totals were announced, that was news to Davis, the unassuming 21-year-old New Orleans Pelicans power forward who has been one of the breakout stars this season. ''I just know as easy as all this came to me, it can easily go away,'' Davis said Friday morning after a shootaround in advance of the Pelicans' game against Minnesota.

  • Derrick Rose, Bulls snap skid in convincing win vs. Spurs (NBC on Yahoo Sports)

    The Bulls were stuck in their worst rut of the year, so naturally, it only took a visit from the defending NBA champion Spurs to snap out of it. After losing six of their last eight, the Bulls held a team meeting following an embarrassing loss to Cleveland on Monday night. The message, which wasn’t publicly disclosed, seemed to have resonated as the Bulls (28-16) played inspired and active basketball on Thursday night -- despite missing starters Joakim Noah and Mike Dunleavy -- and pounded San Antonio 104-81. Their defense had been scrutinized, their effort questioned and yet all the Bulls did was score their most vital win of the season thus far, holding the Spurs to a combined 37 percent shooting from the field. The effort followed five-straight games where Bulls opponents had topped 100 points -– a first for the Thibodeau era. Aside from winning the battle of the boards (46-39), the Bulls outscored San Antonio in the paint, which was just the fifth time in the last 12 games they’d maintained an advantage down low. [MORE BULLS:  Pau Gasol named All-Star starter for first time in his career ] Derrick Rose was sensational against the Spurs, who came to Chicago winners of four-straight and eight of their last 10. Judging by both teams’ recent performances, you wouldn’t have recognized either squad. Rose slashed and whipped his way to 22 points, while Pau Gasol, whose defense had been a hotly-debated topic during the Bulls’ slump, hauled in 17 rebounds to go along with 12 points. Gasol was named an Eastern Conference All-Star starter prior to the game, and he played like one with active hands around the bucket and encouraging mobility in the paint. Kawhi Leonard, who recently returned from a hand injury, led the Spurs with 16 points (all in the first half) while Tim Duncan and Tony Parker shot a combined 6 for 16 from the field. The Bulls outplayed San Antonio’s trio of stars as six players finished in double digits. The Bulls, who trailed by 25 points in late in the third quarter on Monday night vs. the Cavaliers, were actually up 25 at 73-48 with a few minutes left in the third quarter on Thursday. That lead was built on hustle, which simply hasn’t been in abundance during their 2-6 stretch. Taj Gibson had seven points in the third alone as did Rose. But the most noticeable effort came from Gasol. He had nine rebounds in the third quarter alone, at one point drawing a roaring, standing ovation from the United Center faithful. The Spurs went on a 12-2 to hack into the Bulls’ sizable advantage, but Aaron Brooks had four straight to temper the comeback. Rose, who’s averaged 24 points on 48 percent shooting over his last six games, propelled the Bulls’ offense in the second quarter and was the primary reason they held a 46-40 going into the break. He scored or assisted on 20 of the team’s 25 points in the quarter, consistently setting up his teammates for open looks. Three of his dishes came directly off penetration while the other (to Tony Snell) was via a quick grab-and-go, fastbreak lay-up. Twice Rose set up his teammates for open 3-point looks as part of a 16-3 run that built a 37-27 lead with 5:35 left. An improbable left-handed scoop lay-up by Rose prompted a Gregg Popovich timeout and brought an animated Bulls bench to its feet. It was a refreshing sight for a team that was forced to hold an open-forum meeting on Tuesday to discuss lingering effort and intensity issues. Even little used forward Nazr Mohammed had three first half rebounds on Thursday as a result of Tom Thibodeau trying out fresh, untapped combinations. Defensively, the Bulls held San Antonio to just 38 percent shooting in the first half, a byproduct of active hands and good rotations. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan had just nine points combined. It was as encouraging a first quarter as the Bulls have had in weeks. They moved as a defensive unit, hustled on second-chance opportunities and, after weeks of being pushed around inside, held their own in the paint. Gibson set the tone with three blocks in the first 12 minutes while an aggressive Rose attacked the lane relentlessly, finishing with six points early on. - Mike Singer, CSN Chicago

  • Evan Turner's game-winning 3 puts bitter end to bad day for Blazers (Ball Don't Lie)

    After losing LaMarcus Aldridge to left thumb surgery before the game and Nicolas Batum to a sprained right wrist during the game, the Portland Trail Blazers really could have used a win over the lottery-bound Boston Celtics to at least salvage something positive from what had been a pretty crummy Thursday. Man, this really wasn't the Blazers' day. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Holding onto a two-point lead after pressed-into-starting power forward Thomas Robinson split a pair of free throws on the prior possession, the Blazers needed one last stop to escape. And for a second there, it looked like they had it. Portland guard Wesley Matthews darted from the corner to swipe at Boston big man Jared Sullinger's dribble, knocking the ball loose in the paint and sending Sullinger diving to the floor to retrieve it. In the ensuing scramble, the former Ohio State standout wound up seated and facing the corner from which Matthews had come ... and where Sullinger's fellow former Buckeye, Evan Turner, was standing unmarked. Turner knew it was going down. "Not to be arrogant, I did actually," he said. "I prayed prior to it to make a big shot. And it happened." — Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 23, 2015 Spoken with the confidence of a man who rocks an "E.T." piece . Sullinger kicked out the pass, Turner hoisted the 3 just over the outstretched arms of the hard-charging Matthews' flying closeout, and the ball splashed through the net. It might not have been exactly the play that second-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens drew up in the huddle, but it still gave Boston a one-point lead with 1.9 seconds left on the clock. With Aldridge and Batum out of commission, everyone in the world knew where Portland would look for an answer on its last possession, and that included the Celtics; Damian Lillard couldn't even get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded, sealing a 90-89 Celtics win . Turner finished with 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting, eight assists, six rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 31 minutes in the win, Boston's first on the road against a Western Conference opponent in nearly two years . Sullinger added 17 points on 8-for-15 shooting, nine boards (four on the offensive glass), one steal and that one big assist in his 28 minutes of work. Avery Bradley led the way with 18 points on 8-for-16 shooting to go with four rebounds and four assists as Boston won for just the second time in its last seven games. As for the Blazers ...