Cavaliers hold on to beat Bucks in OT
AP Thursday, December 22, 2016, 12:22 am TWN
MILWAUKEE -- LeBron James made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in overtime as the Cleveland Cavaliers held on for a 114-108 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday night to avenge a late November loss.
Milwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:12 left. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next possession but Jabari Parker's lay-in attempt at the other end curled out.
James was fouled on the rebound by Antetokounmpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleveland up 110-108.
Parker was fouled on a layup attempt on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it 112-108.
James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleveland, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on Nov. 29. Parker had 30 points and Antetokounmpo added 25. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Hornets 117, Lakers 113 Kemba Walker had 28 points and 10 assists while Marco Belinelli scored 11 fourth-quarter points as Charlotte rallied from 19 down to beat Los Angeles.
Walker had 15 points in the third quarter and a key rebound with 27.9 seconds left in the fourth to set up a tiebreaking jumper by Nicolas Batum with 13 seconds remaining.
Batum had 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting and added 10 assists. Belinelli finished with 13 points.
Jordan Clarkson paced the Lakers with 25 points with 7-of-9 3-point shooting and Nick Young added 24 points while hitting 5 of 10 from 3-point range.
Los Angeles made 16 of 33 3-point attempts (48.5 percent) but the Hornets still secured their second straight victory.
Kings 126, Trailblazers 121 DeMarcus Cousins returned from a brief ejection and finished with a season-high 55 points, capping a wild day for the hot-tempered big man as Sacramento beat Portland.
Hours after he was fined by the Kings for his profanity-laced tirade against a newspaper columnist last week, Cousins pulled down 13 rebounds and made two huge 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.
It appeared Cousins' night was over before the game had ended. In the final minute, he put the Kings back in front when he drove the lane for a layup and was fouled by Mason Plumlee.
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