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NBA Capsules: LeBron James has 60th triple-double, Cavs top Jazz 109-100

Cleveland’s LeBron James drives against Utah’s Alec Burks on Saturday night. James’ 60th career triple-double led the Cavs to a 109-100 victory. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
Cleveland’s LeBron James drives against Utah’s Alec Burks on Saturday night. James’ 60th career triple-double led the Cavs to a 109-100 victory. (Tony Dejak / Associated Press)
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CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 60th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the short-handed Utah Jazz 109-100 on Saturday night.

James had his fifth triple-double of the season and third in his last four games. He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, was 9 of 15 from the field and 10 of 10 at the foul line.

Cleveland has won 17 of 18 overall and 11 straight at Quicken Loans Arena.

Center Rudy Gobert (sprained ligament and bone bruise in left knee) and forward Derrick Favors (left eye laceration) were out for Utah. Both were injured during Friday night in a win in Boston.

Rookie Donovan Mitchell led the Jazz with 26 points, making 10 of 15 from the field. Utah made 17 of 34 3-point attempts.

Rockets 115, Bucks 111

HOUSTON – James Harden scored 31 points, Chris Paul had 25 and Houston beat Milwaukee for its 13th straight victory.

The winning streak is the Rockets’ longest streak since a franchise-best 22 straight in 2007-08.

Harden hit a step-back 3-pointer over Malcolm Brogdon and was fouled, giving Houston an 11-point lead with less than six minutes remaining. In the last two minutes, Paul hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers on consecutive possessions to put the game out of reach.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals for Milwaukee. Khris Middleton had 23 points, and Brogdon added 20. Milwaukee has lost three straight.

Knicks 111, Thunder 96

NEW YORK – Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but New York got the win, shutting out its former All-Star in the second half and beating Oklahoma City for its fourth straight victory.

Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 points in place of injured Kristaps Porzingis, and Doug McDermott, one of the players acquired for Anthony, added 11 of his 13 after halftime to help the Knicks break open the game. Anthony scored all 12 of his points in the first half.

Russell Westbrook had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Thunder. They were trying to sweep a three-game trip that began with Paul George’s winning return to Indiana on Wednesday.

Celtics 102, Grizzlies 93

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Kyrie Irving scored 20 points, Jayson Tatum had 19 points and nine rebounds and Boston pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Memphis.

Al Horford added 15 points for Boston. Marc Gasol led Memphis with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 25 points, and Dillon Brooks had 14 points, hitting a season-best four 3-pointers.

After Memphis used a 21-point third quarter by Gasol to take a 73-71 lead after three, the Celtics opened the final frame with the first 16 points for an 87-73 lead. That put the game out of reach as Memphis lost for the 17th time in its last 19 games.

Spurs 98, Mavericks 96

SAN ANTONIO – LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds and San Antonio scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying to beat Dallas.

Maxi Kleber had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 for Dallas. Kleber’s 3-pointer gave Dallas a 96-85 lead with 4:11 remaining, but the Spurs held them scoreless the remainder of the game.

Aldridge’s fall-away, 11-foot jumper tied the game at 96 with 23.4 seconds remaining and Manu Ginobili’s driving layup with 3.1 seconds was the winner.

Suns 108, Timberwolves 106

MINNEAPOLIS – Isaiah Canaan hit three free throws with 6 seconds to play in his first game with Phoenix and the Suns rallied to beat Minnesota.

Added to the roster this week after the injury-ravaged Suns received a hardship extension, Canaan finished with 15 points and drew a foul on Jeff Teague on a 3-pointer with Minnesota leading by one. Originally ruled a shot-clock violation, reply officials overturned the call and Canaan calmly sank all three shots amid a loud crowd of neon green-clad fans.

Alex Len blocked Jimmy Butler’s layup attempt out of bounds on the ensueing possession. Butler had one more look from the corner, but the attempt rimmed out and the Suns snapped their five-game losing streak.

Dragan Bender and Troy Daniels each scored 17 points for the Suns. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Trail Blazers 93, Hornets 91

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – CJ McCollum had 25 points, Damian Lillard flirted with a triple-double and Portland beat Charlotte for its third straight road victory.

Lillard had 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds. Nic Batum had a season-high 23 points for the Hornets, who have dropped 10 of their past 12 games, including five straight at home.

Heat 90, Clippers 85

MIAMI – Josh Richardson scored a career-high 28 points to help Miami beat Los Angeles.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra became the franchise’s victory leader with 455, passing Pat Riley. Spoelstra is only one of two active head coaches in the NBA with at least 450 wins with their current team, joining San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

Montrezl Harrel led the Clippers with 15 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 20 rebounds.

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