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Cavaliers (5-6) 124; Bucks (4-6) 119

Giannis Antetokounmpo (40/9/3) was sensational, going 16-of-21 shooting and 8-of-11 from the free throw line, but it wasn't enough in the end for the Bucks. Khris Middleton (20/7/11) chipped in with a stat-stuffing performance while Malcolm Brogdon (22/5/6) also made a difference. LeBron James (30/8/9) had a typically-great game, going 10-of-20 shooting and Kevin Love (32/16/3) had his best game of the season, going 9-of-14 shooting and 14-for-16 from the charity stripe in the much-needed victory. The Bucks shot 56.6 percent from the floor and but committed 31 fouls compared to Cleveland's 16.

Pelicans (6-5) 117; Pacers (5-6) 112

Anthony Davis (37/14/4) and DeMarcus Cousins (32/13/6) dominated yet again for the Pelicans, combining to shoot 26-for-43, including 8-of-15 from three-point range in the victory. All five Pacers starters scored in double-figures and Indiana was led by Myles Turner (21/12/0). New Orleans outscored Indiana 35-19 in the third quarter to get back into the game and held on in the fourth, outscoring the Pacers 21-18. After allowing 75 points in the first half, the Pelicans amazingly gave up just 37 in the second half.

Mavericks (2-10) 113; Wizards (5-5) 99

Dallas shockingly got off to a hot start and held a 64-53 lead at halftime. Harrison Barnes (31/9/1) and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. (22/8/8) led the way for the Mavericks, who picked up their second win of the season on the road. John Wall (23/3/14) returned from an injury and picked up where he left off, going 13-of-18 from the free throw line while Bradley Beal (23/4/2) went 8-of-20 shooting in the loss.

Knicks (6-4) 118; Hornets (5-6) 113

The Knicks roared back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hornets 35-19. Kristaps Porzingis (28/5/1) was sensational yet again and he increased New York's lead to three with 11 seconds left after a nifty drive to the basket. Tim Hardaway Jr. (19/5/0) chipped in and Doug McDermott (20/2/1) was unconscious off the bench, knocking down all three of his three-point shots and 7-of-8 shots overall. Kemba Walker (21/5/7), Dwight Howard (21/9/0) and rookie Malik Monk (21/2/3) all had 21 points to lead the Hornets in the collapsing defeat.

Raptors (6-4) 119; Bulls (2-7) 114

The Raptors beat the Bulls for the second time this season, as the foursome of DeMar DeRozan (24/4/4), Jonas Valanciunas (21/10/0), Kyle Lowry (17/6/6) and Serge Ibaka (16/5/0) combined for 78 points. In his first game back from his suspension, Bobby Portis (21/13/4) had a monster performance, knocking down 8-of-13 shots in just 24 minutes off the bench for Chicago. The Bulls outscored the Raptors 33-21 in the final quarter and nearly pulled off the comeback.

Spurs (7-4) 120; Clippers (5-5) 107

LaMarcus Aldridge (25/6/2), Danny Green (24/1/2) and Rudy Gay (22/7/3) combined for 71 points in the home victory for the Spurs. San Antonio pulled away with a huge third quarter in which they outscored the Clippers 40-21. The Spurs shot 53.6 percent overall and 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from three-point range. Blake Griffin (15/9/6) shot just 4-of-13 from the floor in the loss.

Nuggets (6-5) 112; Nets (4-7) 104

Nikola Jokic (41/12/5) had a career-high scoring night, going 16-of-25 from the floor in a dominant individual performance for the Nuggets. Paul Millsap (17/2/3) and Will Barton (17/8/4) were the only two Denver players in double-figures. Caris LeVert (21/5/0) led the shorthanded Nets in scoring in the defeat. Brooklyn had 25 turnovers, which is one of the reasons they fell behind.

76ers (6-4) 104; Jazz (5-6) 97

Playing without Joel Embiid, Dario Saric (25/10/1), J.J. Redick (20/3/2) and Ben Simmons (16/13/6) led Philly to an impressive road victory over the defensive-minded Jazz. Philly surprisingly won the rebounding battle 56-to-45 although Rudy Gobert (16/15/1) posted a double-double for Utah in the loss. Rookie Donovan Mitchell (8/3/1) shot an abysmal 3-of-21 from the field off the bench for the Jazz.

Grizzlies (7-4) 98; Trail Blazers (6-5) 97


The trio of Mike Conley (20/6/2), Marc Gasol (16/5/4) and Tyreke Evans (21/2/5) led the Grizzlies yet again. Damian Lillard (12/5/6) struggled mightily, going 4-of-16 shooting, but teammate CJ McCollum (36/2/1) picked up the slack in the tight loss, going 14-of-26 from the floor. Jusuf Nurkic (6/5/0) got into early foul trouble and was ineffective, playing just 20 minutes for Portland.

Kings (2-8) 94; Thunder (4-6) 86

In perhaps the most shocking outcome of the night, the Kings erased a 25-10 first quarter deficit to top Russell Westbrook (20/12/6), Paul George (12/6/2), Carmelo Anthony (16/7/2) and the Thunder. The trio went just 15-of-54 shooting and OKC shot a terrible 33.7 percent in the disappointing loss. Buddy Hield (21/7/1) led Sacramento in scoring, going 7-of-9, including 4-for-4 from three-point range.

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