Hawks stunned by Celtics while Clippers keep winning without Griffin…
The Cleveland Cavaliers secured their 13th win in 14 games as they overpowered the Miami Heat on Wednesday night with LeBron James leading the charge.
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James scored 18 points while six other Cavs star ended the game in double figures as they picked up a comfortable win with Timofey Mozgov in particular shining with 20 points and seven rebounds.
Cleveland have continued to climb the standings after a slow start to the season, and they will now hope to improve on their 33-21 record by beating the Chicago Bulls on Thursday ahead of the All-Star break.
Staying in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics shocked the Atlanta Hawks as Evan Turner’s last-second shot sealed a dramatic win over the leaders in the East.
Al Horford had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the visitors, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Celtics from rallying and sealing a huge win with Jared Sullinger putting up 17 points and 15 rebounds as Boston have now won four of five.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors got the better of the Washington Wizards thanks to DeMar DeRozan’s late jumper. Lou Williams led the scoring with 27, while DeRozan had 23 and Kyle Lowry added 13 as Toronto won their third straight and fourth of six.
The Raptors also lead the Atlantic Division and at 36-17 for the season, it is their best record at All-Star weekend in the team’s 20 history.
Over in the West, there were wins for the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors over the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves respectively.
Danny Green posted 19 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs as they improve to 34-19 while Stephen Curry put up 25 points, five rebounds and eight assists as the Warriors reserves played a key role in ensuring that they held on for the win.
In two surprise results of the night, the Houston Rockets were defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers despite the absence of Blake Griffin, while the Memphis Grizzlies lost by a big margin to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant (26 points, 10 rebounds) and DeAndre Jordan (24 points, 20 rebounds) played star roles for their teams as they head into All-Star break with a spring their step.
New York Knicks 83-89 Orlando Magic
Atlanta Hawks 88-89 Boston Celtics
San Antonio Spurs 104-87 Detroit Pistons
Washington Wizards 93-95 Toronto Raptors
Sacramento Kings 103-111 Milwaukee Bucks
Golden State Warriors 94-91 Minnesota Timberwolves
Indiana Pacers 106-93 New Orleans Pelicans
Memphis Grizzlies 89-105 Oklahoma City Thunder
Miami Heat 93-113 Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah Jazz 82-87 Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Lakers 86-102 Portland Trail Blazers
Houston Rockets 95-110 Los Angeles Clippers