Cavs keep scoring and winning
AUBURN HILLS, MICH. – Kevin Love scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled to another high-scoring win, 114-106 over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have won three straight since losing to Chicago in Tyronn Lue's first game as Cleveland's coach. Lue wants the Cavs to pick up the pace offensively, and they seem to be responding. Cleveland has scored at least 114 points in each of the past three games.
LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, shrugging off a rare missed dunk in the third quarter. He surpassed the 26,000-point mark during that period, becoming the youngest player to do so at 31 years, 30 days.
Andre Drummond had 20 points and eight rebounds for Detroit.
•WESTBROOK TRIPLES UP: Russell Westbrook's sixth triple-double of the season helped host Oklahoma City defeat Houston. Westbrook finished with 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds, the 25th triple-double of his career. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. Enes Kanter scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half for the Thunder after Dwight Howard was ejected for getting two technical fouls. James Harden had 33 points for Houston.
•CELTICS STREAK ON: Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as Boston won a season-high fifth straight game, beating slumping Orlando 113-94 in Boston. Ignited by Olynyk, who scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter, the Celtics seized control by starting the period on a 22-4 run and pushing their lead as high as 27.
•KNICKS WIN ONE: Carmelo Anthony had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his return from a two-game absence because of injury, and the New York Knicks ended a four-game losing streak with a 102-84 victory over the visiting Phoenix Suns. Kristaps Porzingis also rejoined the lineup after a game away because of illness and had seven points and seven rebounds. It was the Suns' 13th straight road loss.
•GILCHRIST TO RETURN: Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is set to return after missing nearly four months with a shoulder injury. The Hornets said their top defender has been cleared to play and will be in uniform Friday night against the Trail Blazers in Portland.
•D-LEAGUE STAR JOINS SUNS: The Phoenix Suns signed high-scoring NBA Development League player Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract. McRae set a D-League record by scoring 61 points for the Delaware 87ers in a 130-123 overtime victory over the Canton Charge on Tuesday night.
•GRIFFIN PUNCH UPDATE: The Los Angeles Clippers have completed their investigation into Blake Griffin's punch-out of a team staff member and are awaiting the results of the NBA's inquiry, which could come early next week. Coach Doc Rivers said he's spoken to Griffin, who will miss another four weeks because of a broken hand. "He feels awful," he said. "We've all done some dumb things in our lives. You got to forgive people. We built Richard Nixon a library."