Monday night game round-up: Utah Jazz land surprise win over LeBron, Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers failed to make it a clean sweep in their west coast road trip, losing to the Utah Jazz in the final matchup of their four-game slate on their travels.

Rodney Hood was the star of the show for the Utah Jazz, stepping up big time in the absence of leading scorer Gordon Hayward, as he led all players with 28 points as Utah ran out 94-85 winners over the Cavaliers.

LeBron James was the only Cleveland player to break 20 points on the night, finishing with 23. After shooting the 3-ball so well against the Clippers on Sunday, that was nowhere to be seen inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena as the Cavs shot just 10-of-42 from beyond the arc.

Utah's Trey Lyles and Cavs center Channing Frye were ejected in the fourth quarter after Lyles appeared to elbow Frye in the groin while trying to create some space. Frye retaliated by going forehead-to-forehead with Lyles after the play as the 47-19 Cavs win streak ended at three.

Pelicans 107, Warriors 125

Stephen Curry's 28th birthday was one to celebrate for the Golden State Warriors as they won their 60th game of the season to date, taking them to 60-6 on their quest to break the Bulls regular season record.

Curry had 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists on his birthday, as the Warriors beat Anthony Davis and the Pelicans for their record 49th straight regular-season home victory.

Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors while Klay Thompson added 18 points against the team that Golden State brushed past in a 4-0 clean sweep during the first round of last year's playoffs on their route to the NBA title.

The aforementioned Davis and Toney Douglas both had 22 each for the Pelicans but it wasn't enough as they struggled to keep up with the Warriors. 

Trail Blazers 94, Thunder 128

Enes Kanter may have led the Oklahoma City Thunder in scoring with 26 points, but Russell Westbrook was the real star of the show as OKC got a big win over a potential playoff opponent, come the end of the season.

Westbrook notched his 12th triple-double of the season, helping himself to 17 points, 16 assists, and 10 rebounds as the Thunder moved to 45-22 on the year as they try to create space between themselves and the LA Clippers for the third seed in the West.

Damian Lillard scored 21 points and C.J. McCollum added 15 for the Trail Blazers but it wasn't enough for a Portland team that have lost five of their last seven as they shot a season-low 34.1 percent from the field as a team.

Bulls 109, Raptors 107

For some odd reason, Doug McDermott really likes playing against the Toronto Raptors. The Chicago Bulls bench player followed up his career-high 30 points against Toronto last month with 29 more last night as the Bulls eked out a win over their Eastern Conference rivals.

McDermott, who hasn't scored more than 20 points in any other game this season, shot 9-11 on the night, draining four of his five attempts from downtown. He was backed up by 17 apiece from E'Twaun Moore and Nikola Mirotic.

Kyle Lowry had 33 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, ably backed up by 27 from DeMar DeRozan, but it wasn't enough as the Bulls took a close one in the Air Canada Centre.

Mavericks 107, Hornets 96

The Dallas Mavericks made a brave change by reverting to a smaller lineup and it worked as they got a big win over the in-form Charlotte Hornets.

Chandler Parsons had 24 points and nine rebounds for the Mavericks, who snapped Charlotte's season-high seven-game winning streak while ending their own five-game losing streak.

Dirk Nowitzki added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who moved back above .500. Deron Williams chipped in with 15 points. Kemba Walker had 25 points and nine assists for the Hornets but it wasn't enough on the night.

Nuggets 119, Heat 124

The Miami Heat are not letting up in their quest to get as high a seeding as possible for the NBA playoffs. 

The Heat moved within half a game of the Boston Celtics, who currently occupy third place in the Eastern Conference, with a close win over the Denver Nuggets.

Miami had scoring from everywhere in the rotation as seven players reached double digits with rookies Justice Winslow and Jason Richardson having impressive nights as they managed 20 and 17, respectively.

Kevin Faried had an impressive night for Denver, shooting a perfect 11-of-11 on his way to 24 points. 

Pistons 81, Wizards 124

The Washington Wizards had their biggest win in more than a decade as they routed the Detroit Pistons at the Verizon Center last night. 

John Wall had 15 points and 12 assists while the Wizards scored from all the way through their bench. hitting 56.7% from the field as a collective, compared to the Pistons 40.5%, who only had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope score more than 10. 

Washington are now 31-35 on the season, two and a half games behind the Bulls - who occupy the 8th spot.

Grizzlies 81, Rockets 130

Washington's demolition of the Pistons wasn't even the biggest win of the night. That honour belonged to the Houston Rockets who absolutely destroyed the Memphis Grizzlies to the tune of a near-50 point deficit. 

Donatas Motiejunas top-scored for Houston with 18 points while Trevor Ariza had 16 as the Rockets managed to let James Harden take it slow against an injury-ravaged Memphis side that never troubled them.

Timberwolves 104, Suns 107

The last game of the roundup was by no means the least as the Phoenix Suns got the win over the T'Wolves thanks to Mirza Teletovic's second game-winner of the season.

Teletovic knocked down a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Arizona as the Suns improved to 18-49 in the battle of the 13th and 14th placed teams in the Western Conference. 

Zach LaVine top scored with 28 for Minnesota on an impressive 10-15 shooting, while P.J Tucker had 23 for Phoenix. 

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