Sports Mole rounds up a busy Wednesday night of NBA action that included wins for the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans.
After a sluggish start to the season, the
recorded their third straight win by ousting the New Orleans Pelicans 120-114 in one of 12 Wednesday night NBA games. Phoenix Suns put up 26 points and 17 rebounds as the Pelicans Anthony Davis improved to 4-11 and inflicted a third straight defeat on the Suns.
At the other end of the Western Conference, the
have won eight home games in a row after seeing off fellow Texans the San Antonio Spurs 88-83 at AT&T Center. Dallas Mavericks
The Spurs never trailed and held on for the win in the closing stages as
finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Kawhi Leonard contributed 24 points, six rebounds and eight assists, but the LeBron James lost on the road for the third game in a row by going down 103-99 at the Cleveland Cavaliers . Toronto Raptors
Toronto snapped the Cavs' three-game winning streak and now have that record themselves, with
and Kyle Lowry combining for 47 Raptor points. DeMar DeRozan
matched the longest losing streak in US professional sports history by blowing a late five-point lead against the Philadelphia 76ers . Boston Celtics
Philly have now lost 26 games in a row including the end of last season and are two defeats away from matching the worst-ever 18-0 start to an NBA season. They scored only three points in the final six minutes of the match as
(30 points) led Boston to their first win in three. Isaiah Thomas
Another team that suffered from fourth-quarter jitters were the
, as the Washington Wizards closed the match on a 25-2 run to come out on top 101-87. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets extended their home winning run to seven games, with
(18 points, seven rebounds) and Jeremy Lamb (16 points, 11 assists) helping the late surge. Nicolas Batum put up 40 points for the James Harden , but they fell to their third straight defeat at the hands of the Houston Rockets . Memphis Grizzlies
Last year's Western Conference finalists are now 5-10, while the Grizzlies, who won for the sixth time in seven games, improved to 9-7.
There was another 40-point performance from
, but the Blake Griffin were beaten 102-93 by the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Utah Jazz
It was a first win in 14 against the Clippers for Utah, whose forward
poured in 33 points, 14 of which came in the fourth to seal victory. Gordon Hayward
In a battle of two in-form centers at the Palace of Auburn Hills, it was the
' Detroit Pistons that dominated Hassan Whiteside and the Andre Drummond . Miami Heat
Drummond finished with 18 points, 20 rebounds and a season-high five blocks as the Pistons eased to a 104-81 success.
cemented their place in third in the Western Conference with a 110-99 victory over the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder . Brooklyn Nets
In his second game back after injury,
again impressed with 30 points, while Kevin Durant added 27 points and 13 assists. Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 24 points to help the Victor Oladipo see off the Orlando Magic 100-91 at Amway Center. New York Knicks put up 28 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, but they shot just 37% during the match as the Magic improved to 7-8. Carmelo Anthony
won for just the second time on the road this season by downing the Sacramento Kings 129-118 in a high-scoring affair at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee Bucks top-scored with 36 points on 13-21 shooting as Bucks coach Rudy Gay was ejected late in the fourth quarter and escorted off the court for arguing with an official. Jason Kidd
have won back-to-back home games after starting the season 0-6 at Target Center thanks to a 99-95 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves . Atlanta Hawks
struggling with an ankle problem, Ricky Rubio stepped up off the bench with 18 points and six assists. Zach LaVine and Paul Millsap both scored 22 in defeat for the Hawks. Jeff Teague Results in full: Washington Wizards 87-101 Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks 91-100 Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers 80-84 Boston Celtics, Miami Heat 81-104 Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers 99-103 Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies 102-93 Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings 129-118 Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks 95-99 Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets 99-110 Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks 83-88 San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans 120-114 Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz 102-91 Los Angeles Clippers
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