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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on February 27

By The Sports Xchange
NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on February 27
LeBron James scored 24 points upon return from strep throat and Cleveland beat Milwaukee, 102-95. File Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Indiana Pacers 117, Houston Rockets 108

HOUSTON -- Jeff Teague and Rodney Stuckey co-authored a rousing comeback as the Indiana Pacers erased a 17-point deficit and shocked the Houston Rockets 117-108 on Monday night at Toyota Center.

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Teague finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Stuckey added 17 points and six boards off the bench to help the Pacers avoid dropping to .500.

After making 20-plus 3-pointers in consecutive games, the Rockets made just 10 of 45 shots from behind the arc. Lou Williams scored 28 points off the bench for Houston. James Harden added 25 points, seven rebounds and 12 assists.

Toronto Raptors 92, New York Knicks 91

NEW YORK -- DeMar DeRozan capped a 37-point night by hitting the winning jumper with 1.9 seconds left and Toronto overcame a double-digit deficit for the fourth straight game.

DeRozan turned in his 25th game with at least 30 points and capped Toronto's comeback by hitting the 19-footer from the right wing over Derrick Rose. Toronto then escaped when Carmelo Anthony missed an open 3-pointer at the buzzer.

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Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points but was 9 of 26 from the field. Rose and Courtney Lee added 16 points apiece for New York, which was seeking consecutive wins for the first time in more than two months.

Atlanta Hawks 114, Boston Celtics 98

BOSTON -- Despite losing Dwight Howard to two technical fouls, Atlanta blew open a tight game with a third-quarter explosion and ended a three-game losing streak.

Dennis Schroder had 21 points, five assists and four rebounds. Paul Millsap had 17 points and 10 rebounds (nine in the first quarter), Howard finished 17 points and 12 boards and Kent Bazemore added 15 points for the Hawks.

Isaiah Thomas had his worst game of the season for the Celtics, scoring 19 points as his club record of 43 straight 20-point games ended. He was just 4 of 21 from the floor and turned the ball over seven times.

Cleveland Cavaliers 102, Milwaukee Bucks 95

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CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 24 points upon return from strep throat and Cleveland beat Milwaukee.

James added 10 rebounds and six assists after missing Saturday night's loss to Chicago because he was ill. Cleveland finished February with a 9-2 record and in first place in the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 20 points and added nine assists for the Cavs. It was his ninth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon paced the Bucks with 20 points.

Golden State Warriors 119, Philadelphia 76ers 108

PHILADELPHIA -- Kevin Durant, back after missing the previous game with a bruised left hand, scored 27 points and Klay Thompson added 21 as Golden State beat Philadelphia.

Zaza Pachulia added a season-high 16 points and Draymond Green contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as the Warriors became the second team in NBA history to post its 50th victory before its 60th game in consecutive seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Dario Saric finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia. Gerald Henderson contributed 16 points.

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Dallas Mavericks 96, Miami Heat 89

DALLAS -- Seth Curry scored a game-high 29 points to help Dallas cool off Miami, the NBA's hottest team, at the American Airlines Center.

Curry, who missed tying his season high by two points, drained an important 3-pointer with 1:52 to go for a 90-89 lead after the Mavs couldn't hold a 10-point cushion deep into the third quarter. Dion Waiters, who had 12 points and was 2 of 5 from beyond the arc, badly missed on a 3-pointer that would have tied the score with 55 seconds left. James Johnson missed another chance to tie with a 3-ball with 24.3 seconds left.

Hassan Whiteside went for 19 points and 19 rebounds and Goran Dragic poured in 24 points and added six assists and five rebounds for the Heat.

Minnesota Timberwolves 102, Sacramento Kings 88

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Karl-Anthony Towns scored 29 points and added 17 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins scored 27 as Minnesota routed Sacramento.

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Towns scored at least 25 points for the eighth time in his past 10 games and recorded his fourth straight double-double. Wiggins topped 20 points for the 18th consecutive game, extending the franchise record previously held by Kevin Garnett.

Kosta Koufos had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have not produced a 20-point scorer in losing their past two. Sacramento fell to 1-2 since dealing forward DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 19.

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