Aldridge breaks record in Portland’s win over Phoenix…
The Cleveland Cavaliers extended their winning streak to 12 games on Thursday night after a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Kevin Love led the way with a game-high 24 points for the hosts while LeBron James added 23 as the Cavs continued to roll and are now undoubtedly the hottest team in the NBA.
It is their longest winning streak since a franchise-best 13-games in 2010 while Cleveland also moved into first place in the Central Division as they cut down a seven-game deficit to the Chicago Bulls during their current run.
Clippers coach Doc Rivers conceded that they “just got our butts kicked” while they also lost their cool with the visitors being assessed five technical fouls including four in the third quarter as forward Matt Barnes was ejected.
Elsewhere, the Charlotte Hornets got a big scoring boost from Gerald Henderson which enabled them to see off their rivals in the East, the Washington Wizards.
Henderson scored 27 points in the win while John Wall had 15 points and 13 assists for the visitors, but he couldn’t prevent them from losing.
Over in the Western Conference, the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Sacramento Kings comfortably with Monta Ellis putting up 21 points while Tyson Chandler had another significant game with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
DeMarcus Cousins responded with 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough for the Kings to avoid a heavy loss.
The Portland Trail Blazers were also winners on Thursday with Nicolas Batum leading the way with 20 points, seven assists and four rebounds against the Phoenix Suns.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 19 points and 13 rebounds for his team-record 220th double-double while Robin Lopez continued to show his importance to the team since returning from injury with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Washington Wizards 87-94 Charlotte Hornets
Los Angeles Clippers 94-105 Cleveland Cavaliers
Dallas Mavericks 101-78 Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Suns 87-108 Portland Trail Blazers