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CLEVELAND - Kevin Love scored 20 points in his first game against Minnesota, Kyrie Irving added 29 and the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled away in the second half for a 125-104 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Loves reunion with the team he spent six frustrating seasons with before a summer blockbuster trade was overshadowed by an injury to Cleveland centre Anderson Varejao, who had to be helped off the floor in the third quarter. Varejao was unable to put any weight on his left leg as he was assisted to the locker room.LeBron James added 24 points for the Cavs, now 12-3 since opening 5-7.Rookie Andrew Wiggins scored 27 against the team that drafted him for the Timberwolves, who dropped their sixth straight and have lost 12 of 13.LAKERS 115, WARRIORS 105LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Boozer scored 18 points in his new role off the bench, and Los Angeles shocked league-leading Golden State without Kobe Bryant.The NBAs No. 3 career scorer sat out for the first time this season to rest his tired legs, a decision made by coach Byron Scott.The 36-year-old shooting guard, averaging 35.5 minutes through the first 27 games of his 19th NBA season and shooting just 37.2 per cent, was 3 for 15 in a one-point loss to Oklahoma City last Friday and 8 for 30 with nine turnovers in a seven-point defeat at Sacramento on Sunday.Stephen Curry had 22 points and six assists for the Warriors, who lost for only the fourth time in their first 27 games.TRAIL BLAZERS 115, THUNDER 111, OTOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and Portland rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Oklahoma City.Lillards 40-point outing was his second in Portlands last four games, following a 43-point outburst against San Antonio on Friday. He also had 11 assists.Lillard went 8 of 12 from 3-point range, including one with 2:07 left in overtime to put Portland up 111-106. Lillard had seven points in the extra period.Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 40 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists for Oklahoma City before fouling out with 1:39 left in overtime. Oklahoma City played for a third straight game without NBA MVP Kevin Durant, who has a sprained right ankle.BULLS 99, WIZARDS 91WASHINGTON (AP) — Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol had 18 as Chicago won its fourth straight.After Washington scored 12 straight — 10 by John Wall — to take an 87-86 lead with 3:44 remaining, Chicago steadied and scored eight straight, six by Rose, to lead 94-87 with 1:48 to play.Wall led the Wizards with 18 points.The Bulls outrebounded Washington 52-41.It was the first meeting of the teams this season. Washington defeated Chicago in the first round of last years playoffs, 4-1.HAWKS 107, CLIPPERS 104ATLANTA (AP) — DeMarre Carroll scored a career-high 25 points and Atlanta rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory.Al Horford had 20 points for Southeast Division-leading Atlanta, which has won 14 of 15.Blake Griffin had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers. Chris Paul scored 19 points.76ERS 91, HEAT 87MIAMI (AP) — Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points, Luc Mbah a Moute added 19 and Philadelphia erased a 23-point, second-half deficit.K.J. McDaniels scored 13 for the 76ers, whove won two straight for the first time all season. Jerami Grant and Robert Covington each had 11 for Philadelphia.Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half for Miami, which was outscored 49-30 after halftime and plays host to LeBron James and Cleveland on Thursday in a Christmas Day showdown.SUNS 124, MAVERICKS 115PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe got his second career triple-double and Phoenix won its fourth in a row in its highest-scoring game of the season.Bledsoe had 16 points and 11 assists, then grabbed his 10th rebound away from teammate Goran Dragic with 31 seconds to play.Dragic scored 25 and Gerald Green 22 for the Suns, coming off a 3-0 trip to the East. Alex Len added 17, two shy of his career high.Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler scored 22 apiece for the Mavericks, losers at home to Atlanta the previous night.Rajon Rondo had 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds before fouling out with 1:37 to play in his third game since coming to Dallas from Boston.NETS 102, NUGGETS 96NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Johnson scored 27 points, Mason Plumlee added 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Brooklyn rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Denver.Jarrett Jack, who started in place of injured point guard Deron Williams, had 17 points and eight assists. Sergey Karasev added 12 points for the Nets, who won their second straight game and improved to 11-2 against sub-.500 teams.Ty Lawson led Denver with 29 points and had nine assists. Kenneth Faried chipped in 20 points and 14 boards for the Nuggets, who lost their second straight game and have dropped nine of 12.Nets centre Brook Lopez, who had missed his last eight games due to a lower back strain, played eight minutes and had six points and four rebounds in a reserve role.MAGIC 100, CELTICS 95ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 19 points and Orlando hung on to beat Boston.Nik Vucevic and Kyle OQuinn each added 18 points as Orlando ended a four-game losing streak.Orlando looked to be in control in the second half and led by as many as 27 points. But that advantage was trimmed all the way down to three points in the closing minutes. The Magic were outscored 35-15 in the fourth quarter, but never trailed.Tyler Zeller led the Celtics with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Avery Bradley added 20 points, and Kelly Olynyk 14.PACERS 96, PELICANS 84INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — George Hill scored 15 points in 21 minutes after missing the first 28 games with a left knee injury, leaving Indiana over New Orleans.A more crisp offence, thanks in large part to Hills control of the offence, helped Indiana finish with six players scoring in double figures.Anthony Davis scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pelicans. Tyreke Evans finished with 14 points and one rebound. Jrue Holiday also had 16 points.HORNETS 108, BUCKS 101MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 27 points and Gerald Henderson added 16 as Charlotte held off Milwaukee for its season-high fourth straight victory.Brandon Knight had a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who were prevented from matching last seasons victory total of 15.Knight pulled the Bucks within 103-99 on a 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining, but the Hornets held on with five free throws down the stretch as the Bucks fell to 4-12 when allowing 100 or more points. cheap nfl jerseys .com) - One point guard will return, while another will sit when the Minnesota Timberwolves visit American Airlines Center to take on the Dallas Mavericks. NFL Nike Jerseys China . Virtanen opened the scoring at 6:45 of the first period, then gave Canada a two-goal lead with a power-play goal 1:03 into the second. Sweden cut the lead in half when Daniel Muzito Bagenda scored a power-play goal at 10:57 of the second. http://www.cheapwholesalejerseysusaonline.com/ . The ongoing funk on penalty kill and an unusually quiet night on home ice for the power play divided the Leafs from the Bruins at the ACC in a rare Sunday night affair. Cheap nfl nike jerseys . LOUIS -- Julius Randle had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Harrison finished with 18 points and No. wholesale nfl nike jerseys . At quarterback, all agree that Andy Dalton has been a wonderful surprise, but to truly progress he has to play his best in the playoffs. The two losses in the wildcard rounds keep the evaluation on Dalton open -- just like it did for Peyton Manning many years ago and Matt Ryan until last year.SAN ANTONIO - Tony Parker made a clutch shot in the fourth quarter. Manu Ginobili had a big game, and Tim Duncan contributed with a double-double.San Antonios efficient performance on opening night looked awfully familiar.Parker made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:07 remaining, and the Spurs began their title defence with a thrilling 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.Parker finished with 23 points and Ginobili scored 20 for San Antonio, which shot 53 per cent from the field. Tim Duncan had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double in a season opener, the most by any player in NBA history, according to Elias Sports.Dirk Nowitzki gave Dallas a 100-98 lead with a fadeaway jumper over Boris Diaw with 1:37 remaining, but Parker drained a 3-pointer 30 seconds later in front of the Mavericks bench off a feed from Diaw. Parker was 4 for 4 from long range, matching a career high for 3s in a game.It was a great basketball game, you cant kick off the season with a better game than this for the fans — theres no way, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. Unfortunately, the slim margins of winning and losing are all that anybody remembers. If we get one more stop one more basket than were all him here singing a different tune. Thats the world we live in the Western Conference.Monta Ellis scored 26 points for Dallas, and Nowitzki had 18. Devin Harris finished with 17 points.Chandler Parsons, who signed with the Mavericks in the off-season, missed a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining. His shot hit the front of the rim.The miss extended San Antonios streak to five wins following a championship celebration, but it was the first since capturing its last title in 2007.Its special, Ginobili said. I think it helps you actually. Sometimes you dont play that sharp because its the first game of the season. You have to move from the success of the previous season to the new beginning. But it all gets your emotions up so you want to get out on the court and do a lot of things, hustle, jump, run and win.Following a video recap of the 2014 season narrated by actor annd Spurs fan Samuel L.dddddddddddd Jackson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented San Antonios staff and players with their championship rings. The inscription inside the ring was Good to Great, which was coach Gregg Popovichs mantra last season.The ring presentation even drew a series of fist pumps from the normally stoic Popovich.It was the teams first meeting since Dallas took San Antonio to seven games in the opening round of the playoffs last season — the Spurs toughest test during their run to a fifth NBA championship. The rematch proved just as tense after a sluggish beginning.San Antonio committed five turnovers in the first eight minutes and missed its first three shots before returning to the fluid offence that led to a five-game rout of the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.The third quarter included technical fouls for teammates Tyson Chandler and Nowitzki about a minute apart after both argued calls made by official Jason Phillips.Nowitzki continued to argue against an offensive foul even after receiving the technical, leading Duncan to walk by the Mavericks star a few times to argue in the contrary.TIP-INSSpurs: This was the fifth meeting between the Spurs and Mavericks to open the season, with the teams splitting the previous four. ... San Antonio returns 14 players, most in franchise history. ... Ginobili shot just 20 per cent during the preseason, going 8 for 41 from the field and 2 for 23 on 3-pointers. He was 6 for 13 from the field and 2 for 6 from long range on Tuesday. ... The Spurs lead the league with nine international players. ... Tiago Splitter (calf), Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) and Patty Mills (shoulder) all suited up to receive their rings, but donned jackets and jeans to sit behind the bench during the game.Mavericks: The Mavericks are 20-15 in season openers. ... G Raymond Felton (sprained right ankle) missed the game. ... F Richard Jefferson, who spent 2 1/2 lacklustre seasons in San Antonio, was booed heavily each time he was announced.UP NEXTThe Spurs are at Phoenix on Friday.The Mavericks host Utah on Thursday. ' ' '


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