NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 26

By The Sports Xchange
The Brooklyn Nets snapped a five-game losing streak as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 120-118, on Monday night at the Barclays Center. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
The Brooklyn Nets snapped a five-game losing streak as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 120-118, on Monday night at the Barclays Center. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Detroit Pistons 106, Cleveland Cavaliers 90

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Tobias Harris scored 21 points and the Detroit Pistons took advantage of LeBron James' absence to snap a five-game losing streak by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-90 on Monday night at The Palace.


Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points, Marcus Morris supplied 15 and Jon Leuer and Reggie Jackson chipped in 13 eacht. Andre Drummond added 11 points and a game-high 17 rebounds in a game the last-place Pistons never trailed.

James, who played 40 minutes in Cleveland's 109-108 win over Golden State on Christmas Day, sat in street clothes as coach Tyronn Lue opted to give him the night off. James was rested in two other games this season after playing a home game the previous night. Cleveland lost to Memphis and Indiana in the games he didn't play.


Kyrie Irving led the Cavs, who had their five-game winning streak snapped, with 18 points and eight assists. Kevin Love contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Brooklyn Nets 120, Charlotte Hornets 118

NEW YORK -- Randy Foye hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Nets won the game when Foye took the inbounds pass from Bojan Bogdanovic, moved a few steps to his left by the top of the key with Kemba Walker draped on him and quickly released the shot just before the buzzer.

The Nets needed Foye's dramatic shot because of what unfolded on the previous possession. Tyler Zeller converted a putback with 2.3 seconds left after Walker's drive was blocked by Trevor Booker and the Nets failed to get the rebound.

Bogdanovic came off the bench for the first time and led the Nets with 26 points, Sean Kilpatrick added 23 and Brook Lopez had 11 of his 20 in the fourth quarter. Batum led the Hornets with 24 points and Jeremy Lamb had 17. Walker was held to 15.


Houston Rockets 131, Phoenix Suns 115

HOUSTON -- James Harden posted his 24th double-double and Houston turned a breakout first quarter into a win over Phoenix.

The Rockets posted their second victory over the Suns in less than a week by establishing an early lead and not squandering it like they did last week in Phoenix, when Houston didn't pull away for good until the fourth quarter. The Rockets scored 39 points in the first quarter and led by as many as 34 points in the second half, draining 15 3-pointers en route to victory.

Harden finished with 32 points and 12 assists, his ninth 30-point, 10-assist game this season. Ryan Anderson added 15 points, including 10 in the first quarter, and forward Trevor Ariza posted eight points, 10 rebounds and five steals.

Eric Bledsoe paced the Suns with 24 points and Brandon Knight had 21.

Minnesota Timberwolves 104, Atlanta Hawks 90

MINNEAPOLIS -- Zach LaVine, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each scored more than 20 points and Minnesota tied a season high with 15 3-pointers.


LaVine, Towns and Wiggins combined to go 13 of 18 from beyond the arc. LaVine had 21 points and connected for six 3s. Towns had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Wiggins scored 21 as Minnesota came back strong a day after playing on Christmas for the first time in team history.

Atlanta, which had the weekend off after winning its fourth straight road game on Friday in Denver, was the team out of sync. The Hawks committed 19 turnovers and shot just 42.2 percent from the field. Dwight Howard returned after missing three games because of back tightness and had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Hawks.

Chicago Bulls 90, Indiana Pacers 85

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade had 21 points and five assists and Chicago held on against Indiana.

Nikola Mirotic added a season-high 20 points off the bench for the Bulls. Forward Jimmy Butler contributed 16 points despite going 3 of 12 from the field. Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 9-6 on its home court.

Aaron Brooks scored a season-high 19 points off the bench to lead the Pacers. Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds. Indiana has lost three games in a row for the first time this season. The Pacers fell to 4-12 on the road.


New Orleans Pelicans 111, Dallas Mavericks 104

NEW ORLEANS -- Anthony Davis scored 28 points, including nine in the final six minutes, to lift New Orleans over Dallas.

Davis also grabbed 16 rebounds, and Langston Galloway made all five of his 3-point attempts and scored 17 points for New Orleans.

In winning for the third time in four games, the Pelicans made 12 of 25 3-pointers and placed six players in double figures. E'Twaun Moore totaled 16 points, Buddy Hield 14, Dante Cunningham 11 and Solomon Hill 10.

The Mavericks saw their modest two-game winning streak end. d Deron Williams had 24 points and nine assists to top Dallas. In his second game back from a strained right Achilles, Dirk Nowitzki played 17 minutes in the first half and scored 10 points and had four assists.

Washington Wizards 107, Milwaukee Bucks 102

WASHINGTON -- Otto Porter had 32 points and 13 rebounds, and Washington rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit.


John Wall contributed 18 points and 16 assists for the Wizards.

Porter drained five 3-pointers, including a long ball from the corner for a 104-100 lead with 49 seconds left. His shot from beyond the arc started a 15-2 run after the Bucks took their largest lead at 96-86 lead as Malcolm Brogdon's jumper capped a 12-2 spurt.

Washington was a different team in the home-and-home rematch compared to a 123-96 loss Friday at Milwaukee. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo impressed with 22 points and 12 rebounds Monday, but that production didn't match his 39 points in the home victory.

Washington made three of four free throws in the final 13.1 seconds to seal the victory.

Orlando Magic 112, Memphis Grizzlies 102

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Aaron Gordon scored 30 points and six teammates followed in double figures, leading Orlando over Memphis.

The Magic led from start to finish for the second consecutive game, duplicating a victory on Friday over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies never got closer than 10 points in the second half.


Elfrid Payton had 16 points, including three straight baskets in the fourth quarter that stopped a late Memphis rally. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and six rebounds. Nikola Vucevic had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Jodie Meeks also had 13 points, all in the first quarter.

Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 17 points.

Denver Nuggets 106, Los Angeles Clippers 102

LOS ANGELES -- Nikola Jokic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton contributed 23 points apiece, leading Denver past Los Angeles.

Gallinari also had 11 boards as Denver ended a two-game skid.

Jamal Crawford scored 24 points and Austin Rivers added 19 for the Clippers, who played without injured starters Chris Paul (strained left hamstring), J.J. Redick (sore left hamstring) and Blake Griffin (right knee surgery). The defeat was Los Angeles' third straight.

Sacramento Kings 102, Philadelphia 76ers 100


SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- DeMarcus Cousins finished with 30 points, and his 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 20.9 seconds left lifted Sacramento to its fourth consecutive win.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 25 points, but his 3-point attempt from the top of the arc fell short as time expired.

Rudy Gay, back from a hip injury, finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, and Ty Lawson added 12 for the Kings, who overcame an eight-point deficit in the final period.

Toronto Raptors 95, Portland Trail Blazers 91

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kyle Lowry scored 27 points to lead Toronto past Portland.

DeMar DeRozan contributed 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the Raptors earned their fourth win in a row and their 14th in 16 outings. The own seven consecutive road victories. Patrick Patterson added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Jonas Valanciunas collected 12 points and 12 boards for Toronto.

CJ McCollum scored 29 points and handed out seven assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost for the sixth time in a row and the 10th time in 11 contests. Mason Plumlee had 13 points and 15 boards for the Blazers, who were without Damian Lillard (ankle).


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