02 Nov 2017 - 11:45
Struggling Cleveland Cavaliers Fall to Indiana Pacers
Boston: A Cleveland Cavaliers line-up struggling to come together and sustain effort for a full game suffered their fourth consecutive loss in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday, falling 107-124 to visiting Indiana.
Every Pacers starter scored in double figures. Thaddeus Young netted 26 points, Darren Collison added 25 and Victor Oladipo poured in 23.
Cleveland (3-5) suffered a fifth loss in six games, the past three by a combined 58 points.
In Boston, ex-Cavs guard Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown each scored 22 points to power the Celtics over visiting Sacramento 113-86. The hosts (6-2) won their sixth in a row while the Kings (1-7) lost their sixth in a row.
In New York, James Harden had 31 points and nine assists and Houston scored 16 consecutive points in the second quarter on the way to a 119-97 victory over the Knicks.
In Philadelphia, Australia's Ben Simmons had 19 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists to spark the 76ers to a 119-109 win over visiting Atlanta. It was the Sixers' third consecutive win and the seventh consecutive loss for the Hawks (1-7). The 76ers reached 4-4, the first time they have been at .500 since Nov 11, 2013.
In Utah, Frenchman Rudy Gobert sank an equalising dunk to force over-time and Spaniard Ricky Rubio scored seven of his team-high 30 points in the last 75 seconds to lift the Jazz to a 112-103victory over visiting Portland.
In Charlotte, Malik Monk scored 25 points, 18 in the fourth quarter, to help the Hornets defeat Milwaukee 126-121. Khris Middleton scored a career-high 43 points in a losing cause while Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's leading scorer, fought foul trouble and finished with 14 points for the Bucks.
In Memphis, Evan Fournier had 22 points as visiting Orlando held off Memphis 101-99. Aaron Gordon, who had 19 points, made a three-pointer with 51 seconds remaining to put the Magic ahead to stay.
In Washington, T.J. Warren scored a career-high 40 points on 16-of-22 shooting to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 122-116 victory over the Wizards.
In New Orleans, Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and Andrew Wiggins added 18 as Minnesota won 104-98.
In Denver, Jamal Murray scored 24 points while Nikola Jokic added 16 rebounds and 10 assists to power the Nuggets over visiting Toronto 129-111.
In Miami, the Heat's Hassan Whiteside, back from an opening-night knee bruise, had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the hosts' 97-91 home triumph over Chicago.
In Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 20 points and Austin Rivers added 19 to lead the Clippers over visiting Dallas 119-98.