Friday night game round-up: Cavs get back to winning ways against Wizards

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Wizards 83, Cavaliers 108

The Cleveland Cavaliers avenged their recent loss to the Washington Wizards with an impressive performance at the Quicken Loans Arena.

The Eastern Conference leaders produced their most impressive performance for some time to snap the Wizards' four-game winning streak.

LeBron James came close to a triple-double but sat most of the fourth quarter to finish with 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Kyrie Irving top scored with 21 on the night.

The Wizards failed to get going on offence and John Wall's 17 was the highest any player could manage. Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat were the other two starters to make double figures.

SUNS 102, MAGIC 84

Alex Len scored a career-high 31 points as the Phoenix Suns snapped a 17-game road losing streak. The Western Conference franchise have changed coach and included three new players in the starting five since their last victory away from home.

Devin Booker and Ronnie Price both scored 14 to hand Phoenix their first win away from the Talking Stick Resort Arena since a December 7 against the Chicago Bulls.

The win leaves Phoenix second from bottom in the Conference and leaves Orlando with more questions than answers. Elfird Payton top scored with 19 for the Magic, who missed a chance to make up ground on the playoff chasers. Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 12 each.

Heat 112, 76ers 102

The Miami Heat made it four wins on the bounce as continue to search for a place in the top four of the Eastern Conference. Fresh off the back of a win against the Suns, Dwyane Wade and Co. were in Philadelphia to face another struggling franchise.

Wade let the way for the former NBA Champions, finishing with 21 points, Goran Dragic had a double-double of 15 points and 11 assists. Hassan Whiteside once again came up big off the bench as finished with a tally of 19 and as many rebounds.

Ish Smith and Robert Covington finished with 26 and 25 respectively for the team who have lost 11 in a row and hold the NBA's worst record.

Knicks 104, Celtics 105

Avery Bradley hit a go-ahead layup with less than 20 seconds remaining to hand the Boston Celtics a win in this Atlantic Division fixture.

The Celtics continued their fine form this season and remained third in the conference after the narrow win at TD Garden. Isaiah Thomas; 32 points from nine of 15 from the field was backed up 21 from Evan Turner and 20 from Jae Crowder.

The Knicks lost their third consecutive ball game and advanced to a 25-38 record. Carmelo Anthony top scored with 30 while Aaron Afflalo's 17 and Kristaps Porzingis' 15 meant they were competitive to the ver end.

Trail Blazers 115, Raptors 117

The Raptors continued to remind the Cleveland Cavaliers of their presence with a win against one of February's in-form franchises. Damian Lillard continued his post-All-Star form as he ended the night with 50 points, one shy of his career-high against Golden State last month.

However, the Canadian-based franchise were always in front at the Air Canada Center as DeMar DeRozan hit a career-best 24 of 25 from the charity stripe on his way to 38 points overall.

Kyle Lowry added 28 while Lithuania center Jona Valanciunas pulled down 10 boards to go with his 17 points. CJ McCollum was the only other Blazer to hit double-figures as the Raptors remained two games back from the Cavs.

Pacers 101, Hornets 108

Despite not being in contention for an All-Star spot a couple of weeks ago, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been sipping from that same special stuff that Damian Lillard has been.

Walker continued his exceptional recent form, scoring 33 points and handing out 10 assists as the Hornets defeated the Pacers for their ninth win in their last eleven games played. 

Nicolas Batum gave Walker a helping hand with 31 points of their own as Charlotte put a game between them and a Pacers side that are directly behind them in the Eastern Conference standings.

Paul George did his best to keep Indiana in contention with 35 points and seven assists of his own, but it wasn't enough as Pacers guard duo of Monta Ellis and Georgie Hill shot 5-15 and 5-16 from the field, respectively.

Jazz 88, Grizzlies 94

It won't jump out at you when reading the box score, but Zach Randolph put in an amazing clutch performance for the Grizzlies as they beat the Jazz at FedExForum, Memphis, TN.

Sinking a big three-pointer with just under three minutes before shooting important free throws and grabbing four rebounds in the last 30 seconds of the encounter, Z-Bo did everything possible to ensure that Memphis came away with the win last night as he finished the game with 25 points and eight boards. 

Lance Stephenson had 16 points off the bench in an excellent shooting performance, while Mike Conley had 12 points and Mario Chalmers finished with 11.

Gordon Hayward had 18 points for the Jazz, while Rudy Gobert added 13 points, 18 rebounds, and five blocks as Utah lost its fifth straight game.

Timberwolves 101, Bucks 116

Giannis Antetokounmpo is rolling right now as the Milwaukee Bucks look to drag themselves up the Eastern Conference ladder.

The Greek Freak was just one rebound away from recording his third triple-double in six games last night against Minnesota. Instead, Antetokounmpo had to settle for 27 points, 12 assists and nine boards as the Bucks picked up the win. Khris Middleton top scored for Milwaukee with 32 points, hitting an impressive eight of his nine three-point attempts. 

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points as Minnesota's highest scorer, but only managed six of those points after the first quarter. Zach LaVine went on to add 20 for the Timberwolves, who have slumped following the All-Star break, losing six of eight.

Nets 121, Nuggets 120, OT.

The Brooklyn Nets beating the Nuggets on last-second shots seems to be becoming something of a trend. After doing it a month ago, the Nets pulled it off again last night thanks to a Brook Lopez layup with just 0.4 seconds on the clock.

That was two of Lopez's 20 points on the night for Brooklyn, who had Markel Brown top score off the bench with 21. 

Emmanuel Mudiay had 25 points, six rebounds, and seven assists while Kenneth Faried finished with 17 & 10, but it wasn't enough to beat a Nets side who shot 59% from beyond the arc at the Pepsi Center.

Hawks 106, Lakers 77

Without Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams - the LA Lakers were always going to struggle offensively against a shutdown Hawks team and that proved to be the case as they shot a horrific 34.1% from the field as a team in this blowout loss.

Julius Randle top scored with 16 and only two more reached double figures as the Lakers lost for the 10th time in 11 games.

Dennis Schroeder top-scored for the Hawks with 16 points from the bench.

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