NBA: Cleveland beat without LeBron James

Sport 17 November, 2016

basketTORONTO – Stephen Curry scored 35 points and the Golden State Warriors won a fifth straight game, 127-121 at the expense of the Toronto Raptors.

Curry also won seven assists, in addition to converting 11 of 12 free throws.

Kevin Durant tallied 30 points and 9 rebounds for the West champions, who are unbeaten in five games.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 34 points, ten more than Kyle Lowry.

The turning point occurred in the last seven minutes of the second quarter, where visitors took the lead 66-53 with a 23-4 sequence.

Torontonians missed six of their first seven shots in the second quarter. A sequence showing that the wind turned was a signed block Draymond Green, followed immediately by a three-point shot of Durant. The Warriors then led 60-51.

The Raptors will compete in their next five games on the road, starting Friday in Denver. They will also travel to Sacramento, Los Angeles (the Clippers), Houston and Milwaukee.

The group Dwane Casey will find the Air Canada Centre crowd on November 28 against Philadelphia.

The NBA champion Cleveland conceded Wednesday against Indiana (103-93) his second loss of the season in the absence of its star LeBron James, left standing.

The Cavaliers also deprived of JR Smith, failed to mention “King James”, formed by his coach for the third game in four days.

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored yet have respectively 27 and 24 points, but Iman Shumpert, integrated in the starting lineup, only managed a basket of six tempted (2 pts) and Channy Frye lacked precision three-point ( 2 of 8).

The Pacers, conversely, their team lined deviation including Paul George (21 pts) and Jeff Teague (20 pts).

The franchise Indianapolis scored his sixth win of the season in twelve matches, all successfully acquired at home.

Cleveland has retained the top spot in the Eastern Conference (9 V-2 d), but could be joined by Atlanta who faced the Milwaukee Wednesday night.

Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks won a sixth straight win, 107-100 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks 100 – Hawks 107
Mike Muscala added 16 points in place of Dwight Howard, left out because of a bruised left quadriceps.

The Hawks took their record to 6-1 at home and 9-2 overall record in. This is the best performance in the East, tied with Cleveland.

Atlanta will be back in action on Friday night in Charlotte.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 26 points, 3 more than Jabari Parker. The latter provided a couple of points in the third quarter.

The Bucks have lost three of their last four games. They will play again on Thursday night in Miami.

Elsewhere in the NBA:

Washington 102, Philadelphia 109

WAS: 27 points for John Wall
PHI: 19 points for Jahlil Okafor

New Orleans 82, Orlando 89

NOP: 26 points for Terrence Jones
ENT: 16 points for Evan Fournier and Serge Ibaka

Dallas-Boston 83 90

LAD: 28 points for Harrison Barnes
BOS: 30 points Isaiah Thomas

Detroit 102- New York (Knicks) 105

DET: 21 points for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
NYK: 35 points for Kristaps Porzingis

Rockets 103 – Thunder 105
Houston 103 Oklahoma City 105

HOU: Ryan Anderson 14 points for
OKC: 30 points for Russell Westbrook

Phoenix 104, Denver 120

PHO: 32 points for Brandon Knight
DEN: 28 points for Wilson Chandler

Memphis-Los Angeles (Clippers)

San Antonio 110, Sacramento 105

SAS: 24 points for Pau Gasol
SAC: 26 points for DeMarcus Cousins