Basketball: Jazz collect seventh win in nine games

Gordon Hayward playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo / Getty Images
Gordon Hayward playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo / Getty Images

Gordon Hayward scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-84 in NBA action Sunday.

Derrick Favors scored 19 points for Utah, which went 3-2 on a season-long five-game road trip. The Jazz have won seven of nine. Rodney Hood had 15 points, Trey Lyles had the same amount off the bench and Rudy Gobert had 11 rebounds.

One night after being ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing a call, DeMar DeRozan scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the third quarter to lift the Toronto Raptors to a 115-91 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.

In snapping a two-game road losing streak, the Raptors (49-23) matched their franchise record for most victories in a season, with 10 games remaining. The Raptors have increased their win total in each of the past five seasons.

LeBron James recorded the 42nd triple-double of his career and second in a week as he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 107-93 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

James scored 27 points, pulled in 11 rebounds and delivered 10 rebounds.

On Tuesday in a 124-91 win against Denver, James scored 33 points, with 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

Brook Lopez scored 14 of his 23 points during the fourth quarter and the Brooklyn Nets rallied for a 120-110 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Lopez was 2-of-9 shooting as the Nets trailed by 14 early in the second quarter and faced a 93-85 deficit going into the fourth quarter. He helped the Nets get the lead, hitting a short jumper for a 106-102 lead with 4:26 remaining, and then made plays at both ends down the stretch.

Centre Dewayne Dedmon scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in leading the Orlando Magic to an easy 111-89 victory over the hapless Chicago Bulls.

The Magic (30-43) snapped a six-game losing streak. The Bulls (36-36) lost their third consecutive game as their once-legitimate playoff hopes continued to fade.

Paul Millsap had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped the Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak with a 112-95 victory at The Palace.

Kent Bazemore contributed 17 points and Al Horford added 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Hawks (44-30), who extended their Southeast Division lead to one game over Miami.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points, Russell Westbrook had 29 and the Oklahoma City Thunder stretched their winning streak to seven with a 111-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder, who had won their past six games by an average margin of more than 16 points, took advantage of the Spurs resting four of its five regular starters.
Australian Patty Mills scored 10 points for the Spurs.

Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 28 points in his return to Phoenix and the Boston Celtics, after squandering a 21-point lead, held on to beat the Suns 102-99.

Devin Booker capped an 8-2 run with a step-back jump shot that pulled Phoenix within 98-97 with 1:16 remaining. Booker had a chance to give the Suns the lead on their next possession, but his 20-footer bounced off the back of the rim.

The Portland Trail Blazers got some revenge and a valuable victory in the NBA playoff chase, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers 108-105 at Moda Center.

But it was anything but easy.

Guard CJ McCollum's 25 points led five Trail Blazers in double figures in a near wire-to-wire win that got scary in the fourth quarter after the Sixers came from 16 points down to take the lead.

Nicolas Batum's 25 points propelled the Charlotte Hornets to a 115-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Batum made eight of 15 shots and was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc, pacing a Hornets' offence that went 16-for-29 from long range.

Charlotte forward Marvin Williams buried four three-points as he kicked in 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while point guard Kemba Walker added three more to finish with 18.

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