NBA-Highlights of Wednesday’s NBA games – Yahoo Sports

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Nov 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s National Basketball Association games:

Cavaliers 137, Trail Blazers 125

Kevin Love scored 34 points in the first quarter, the second-most points in a quarter in NBA history, in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 137-125 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

Love made eight 3-pointers in the quarter, setting franchise records for points and 3s in a period, and finished with a season-high 40 points. LeBron James had 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his 44th career-triple double for Cleveland.

Damian Lillard scored 40 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for Portland.

Love’s outburst trails only the 37 points scored by the Warriors’ Klay Thompson in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings two seasons ago. It allowed the Cavaliers to set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a half (16) while the team tied franchise records for points in a quarter (46) and 3-pointers in a regular season game (21).

Clippers 124, Mavericks 104

Austin Rivers scored a team-high 22 points and Los Angeles got its season-long, six-game road trip off to a rollicking start with a demolition of Dallas.

The Clippers are off to their best start in franchise history and left little doubt why against the Mavericks with a 68-point first half on 61.0 percent shooting from the field that included 64.3 percent — 9 of 14 — from beyond the 3-point arc.

Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki played his first game since missing the first eight of the season with an Achilles injury. He was on an undisclosed minutes limit and finished with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field and six rebounds in 20 minutes for the Mavericks (2-12), who own the NBA’s worst record.

Spurs 119, Hornets 114

Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points and San Antonio remained unbeaten on the road by defeating Charlotte for the seventh straight victory overall.

The Spurs are 8-0 on the road this season with the eight straight road wins tying a franchise record. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Leonard was 14 for 21 from the field.

Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Hawks 96, Pacers 85

Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds and Paul Millsap added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta handed Indiana its third straight loss.

The Hawks (10-5) bounced back from an 18-point Tuesday night home loss to New Orleans to dominate struggling Indiana, including 56-37 in rebounding.

Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 24 points and seven rebounds. Monta Ellis added 19 points and Paul George scored 18, but he was only 6 of 22 from the field, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range.

Celtics 111, Nets 92

Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter for a victory over Brooklyn.

Avery Bradley added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 45.9 percent. Al Horford contributed 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds as Boston won its third in a row since he returned from a concussion.

Reserve Sean Kilpatrick scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half for the Nets, who never led and dropped their fifth straight.

Pistons 107, Heat 84

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points and Andre Drummond racked up 18 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and four steals as Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Miami.

Tobias Harris tossed in 17 points and Beno Udrih supplied 12 points and five assists for the Pistons. Jon Leuer grabbed his 1,000th career rebound while chipping in 11 points and four boards.

Tyler Johnson’s 18 points, James Johnson’s 15 and rookie Rodney McGruder’s 12 paced Miami.

Raptors 115, Rockets 102

Behind a third-quarter eruption from DeMar DeRozan and a swarming defense that reversed a recent trend of ineffectiveness, Toronto rolled over Houston.

DeRozan scored a team-high 24 points, including 21 in the third quarter, to help the Raptors snap a nine-game losing skid in Houston. DeMarre Carroll added 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting for Toronto.

James Harden recorded 29 points, 15 assists and a season-high 12 turnovers for the Rockets.

Jazz 108, Nuggets 83

George Hill scored 22 points in his first game back from a thumb injury, and Gordon Hayward added 22 to help Utah cruise past Colorado.

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