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ATLANTA — Forward Paul Milsap scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Hawks to a 109-101 win over the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

James missed the game with soreness in his left knee. That left guard Kyrie Irving to pick up the slack. Irving, who had missed the last two games with a sore knee, scored 35 points with nine assists and six rebounds for the Cavs.

Atlanta also got 23 points and 11 assists from guard Jeff Teague and 19 points and eight rebounds from guard Kyle Korver, who had four 3-pointers in the second half. Forward Mike Scott came off the bench to add 12 points and five rebounds.

Cleveland got 18 points and 13 rebounds from center Tristan Thompson and 13 points from rookie guard Joe Harris.

Pistons 109, Magic 86

ORLANDO, Fla. — Reserve guard Jodie Meeks hit nine of his 11 3-point shots and scored a season-high 34 points to lead Detroit to a victory over Orlando.

Center Andre Drummond had 17 points and 22 rebounds and reserve guard D.J. Augustin added 11 points for Detroit, which outrebounded Orlando, 54-42.

The Magic were led by guard Victor Oladipo with 16 points. Forward Tobias Harris had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Nets 96, Bulls 82

CHICAGO — Center Brook Lopez scored 29 points, and Brooklyn rolled to a win over Chicago.

Forward Joe Johnson added 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets, who earned their fifth win in six games. Guards Jarrett Jack and Alan Anderson notched 11 points apiece for Brooklyn.

Forward Mike Dunleavy scored 23 points to lead the Chicago. Center Joakim Noah tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.

Pelicans 110, Suns 106

NEW ORLEANS — Guard Tyreke Evans scored 24 points, including eight in the final 1:32, and forward Anthony Davis scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lift New Orleans past Phoenix.

Guard Jrue Holiday added 21 points and six assists for the Pelicans.

The Suns’ six-game winning streak ended. Phoenix was led by guard Goran Dragic with 22 points and guard Eric Bledsoe with 21.

Grizzlies 95, Spurs 87

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley carried Memphis early, then buried San Antonio late in the Grizzlies’ victory at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies’ veteran point guard scored a game-high 30 points and hit a key 3-pointer with 3:10 left to help Memphis close out 2014 with its second win over the Spurs in three meetings this month.

San Antonio, playing without point guard Tony Parker (left hamstring strain) and forward Kawhi Leonard (bruised right hand), got 18 points apiece from starting guards Marco Belinelli and Cory Joseph.

Mavericks 114, Wizards 87

DALLAS — Six Mavericks scored double figures, led by guard Monta Ellis with 20 points, in Dallas’ third consecutive victory.

Washington, coming off a big 104-103 win Monday night at Houston, couldn’t get anything going and was exceedingly sloppy with 23 turnovers. The Mavs earned a 10th consecutive win in the series with the Wizards, their longest winning streak against any team.

Washington shooting guard Bradley Beal, who scored 33 points against the Rockets, missed nine of his first 11 shots and finished with 10 points Tuesday. Wizards power forward Nene left the game in the third quarter after twisting his ankle.

Lakers 111, Nuggets 103

DENVER — Guard Kobe Bryant had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and Los Angeles held on to beat Denver. It was the second triple-double of the season for Bryant and 21st of his career.

Forward Carlos Boozer had 19 points and nine rebounds and guard Ronnie Price scored 18 points for the Lakers, who had lost six of seven before beating Denver.

Guard Ty Lawson had 16 points and eight assists and rookie center Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 16 points for the slumping Nuggets, who have lost four of five. Denver forward Wilson Chandler didn’t play in the second half because of a right quad contusion suffered in the second half.

Jazz 100, Timberwolves 94

SALT LAKE CITY — Forward Gordon Hayward and guard Trey Burke each scored 26 points to help Utah rally for a victory over Minnesota.

Forward Derrick Favors chipped in 15 points and eight boards, while center Enes Kanter added 14 points and 12 rebounds to help the Jazz win for the fifth time in the last seven games.

Forward Shabazz Muhammad scored a career-high 30 points and forward Andrew Wiggins added 21 for the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth consecutive contest.

Warriors 126, 76ers 86

OAKLAND, Calif. — Shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 11 of his 14 points in the first quarter, and the Golden State Warriors built a double-digit lead within eight minutes en route to a 126-86 demolition of the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

A 10th consecutive win at Oracle Arena, their longest home streak in 25 years, allowed the Warriors to remain unbeaten against the Eastern Conference this season. At 9-0, Golden State is the only team in the league that is undefeated against the other conference.

The 40-point margin of victory was Golden State’s largest of the season, easily surpassing the 27-point win over the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this month.

Trail Blazers 102, Raptors 97 (OT)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Guard Damian Lillard scored 25 points and dished out nine assists as Portland rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat Toronto Raptors in overtime.

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge collected 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Guard Kyle Lowry had 25 points seven rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who lost for only the second time in 10 games.

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