Cavaliers punish Mavericks

LeBron James had 27 points and took over sole possession of the Cavaliers' career assists record as Cleveland beat the host Dallas Mavericks 127-94 on Tuesday night. James was one of four players with more than 20 points for the Central Division-leading Cavaliers, who have won 12 of their past 13 games against Western Conference opponents and broke a 14-game losing streak in Texas. Kyrie Irving scored 22 points, while Kevin Love had 21 points and 14 rebounds. J.R. Smith also scored 21 points and Timofey Mozgov, the other starter, had 17.

PELICANS CLOSING IN: Alexis Ajinca and Quincy Pondexter each scored 17 points and the New Orleans Pelicans moved within percentage points of eighth place in the Western Conference by beating the host Brooklyn Nets 111-91. Omer Asik had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans in their third consecutive victory. Anthony Davis scored 15 points, a night after tying his career high with 43 in a win at Milwaukee.

•SPURS HANDLE RAPTORS: Kawhi Leonard had 24 points, 11 rebounds and matched a career high with five steals, and host San Antonio withstood a second-half letdown to beat Toronto 117-107 for its sixth consecutive victory. Tony Parker added 23 points and nine assists for the Spurs.

•STUCKEY STARS FOR PACERS: Reserve Rodney Stuckey had 34 points, six rebounds and seven assists, and the host Pacers beat the Magic 118-86 for their sixth victory in a row. Damjan Rudez scored 17 points, and Luis Scola added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the surging Pacers (29-34), who moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

•JAZZ TOPS KNICKS: Derrick Favors had 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the host Jazz beat the Knicks 87-82. Former Timberwolf Alexey Shved had 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for New York.

• LAKERS PREVAIL: Seven Lakers scored in double figures as host Los Angeles beat the Pistons 93-85.

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