NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games

Nov 23 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: Cavaliers 137, Trail Blazers 125 Kevin Love scored 34 points in the first quarter, the second-most points in a quarter in NBA history, in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 137-125 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday. Love made eight 3-pointers in the quarter, setting franchise records for points and 3s in a period, and finished with a season-high 40 points. LeBron James had 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his 44th career-triple double for Cleveland. Damian Lillard scored 40 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for Portland. Love's outburst trails only the 37 points scored by the Warriors' Klay Thompson in the third quarter against the Sacramento Kings two seasons ago. It allowed the Cavaliers to set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a half (16) while the team tied franchise records for points in a quarter (46) and 3-pointers in a regular season game (21). Clippers 124, Mavericks 104 Austin Rivers scored a team-high 22 points and Los Angeles got its season-long, six-game road trip off to a rollicking start with a demolition of Dallas. The Clippers are off to their best start in franchise history and left little doubt why against the Mavericks with a 68-point first half on 61.0 percent shooting from the field that included 64.3 percent -- 9 of 14 -- from beyond the 3-point arc. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki played his first game since missing the first eight of the season with an Achilles injury. He was on an undisclosed minutes limit and finished with 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting from the field and six rebounds in 20 minutes for the Mavericks (2-12), who own the NBA's worst record. Spurs 119, Hornets 114 Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points and San Antonio remained unbeaten on the road by defeating Charlotte for the seventh straight victory overall. The Spurs are 8-0 on the road this season with the eight straight road wins tying a franchise record. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Leonard was 14 for 21 from the field. Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Hawks 96, Pacers 85 Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds and Paul Millsap added 18 points and 11 rebounds as Atlanta handed Indiana its third straight loss. The Hawks (10-5) bounced back from an 18-point Tuesday night home loss to New Orleans to dominate struggling Indiana, including 56-37 in rebounding. Thaddeus Young led the Pacers with 24 points and seven rebounds. Monta Ellis added 19 points and Paul George scored 18, but he was only 6 of 22 from the field, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range. Celtics 111, Nets 92 Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points and Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter for a victory over Brooklyn. Avery Bradley added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, who shot 45.9 percent. Al Horford contributed 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds as Boston won its third in a row since he returned from a concussion. Reserve Sean Kilpatrick scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half for the Nets, who never led and dropped their fifth straight. Pistons 107, Heat 84 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points and Andre Drummond racked up 18 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and four steals as Detroit Pistons snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Miami. Tobias Harris tossed in 17 points and Beno Udrih supplied 12 points and five assists for the Pistons. Jon Leuer grabbed his 1,000th career rebound while chipping in 11 points and four boards. Tyler Johnson's 18 points, James Johnson's 15 and rookie Rodney McGruder's 12 paced Miami. Raptors 115, Rockets 102 Behind a third-quarter eruption from DeMar DeRozan and a swarming defense that reversed a recent trend of ineffectiveness, Toronto rolled over Houston. DeRozan scored a team-high 24 points, including 21 in the third quarter, to help the Raptors snap a nine-game losing skid in Houston. DeMarre Carroll added 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting for Toronto. James Harden recorded 29 points, 15 assists and a season-high 12 turnovers for the Rockets. Jazz 108, Nuggets 83 George Hill scored 22 points in his first game back from a thumb injury, and Gordon Hayward added 22 to help Utah cruise past Colorado. Rudy Gobert scored 19 points and collected 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season, while Rodney Hood chipped in 16 points for the Jazz, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Jamal Murray scored 23 points off the bench and Wilson Chandler added 13 to lead the Nuggets. Grizzlies 104, 76ers 99 (2 OT) Marc Gasol scored 27 points and Mike Conley added 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as Memphis defeated Philadelphia in double overtime. Zach Randolph contributed four of his 11 points in the second extra period for the Grizzlies, who won their sixth straight. JaMychal Green generated 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ersan Ilyasova had 22 points and 12 rebounds to pace the 76ers, who saw their two-game winning streak end. It was the first time the Sixers won back-to-back games since March 2015. Suns 92, Magic 87 Alex Len recorded 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead Phoenix over Orlando. Len scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 15 rebounds last season when the Suns drilled the Magic in Orlando. Eric Bledsoe had 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Phoenix, while Brandon Knight added 12 points and Devin Booker 11. The Magic were led by Evan Fournier with 25 points. Center Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Pelicans 117, Timberwolves 96 Anthony Davis scored a franchise-record 21 points in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 45 points and 10 rebounds to lift New Orleans to its fourth consecutive victory. Davis made 17 of 27 from the floor, sparking the Pelicans to their fifth victory in six games. The Timberwolves were led by Zach LaVine, who had 16 of his team-high 26 points in the first half. Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins, who entered the game shooting 7 of 29 in his last two games, continued his slump, going 2 of 19 from the floor and finishing with 13 points in 30 minutes. Warriors 149, Lakers 106 Stephen Curry bombed in four first-quarter 3-pointers as Golden State ran off to a double-digit lead 3:33 into the game and coasted to a victory over Los Angeles. Golden State's point total was an NBA season high, bettering the 133 the Warriors scored against Phoenix in their previous home game on Nov. 13. Curry finished with 31 points, Kevin Durant 28 and Klay Thompson 26 for the Warriors, who shot an NBA season-best 61.6 percent from the field overall and 19 of 36 on 3-pointers. Brandon Ingram and backups Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams had 16 points apiece for the Lakers. Kings 116, Thunder 101 DeMarcus Cousins scored 36 points, and Rudy Gay added 15 of his 17 points in the second half to lead Sacramento past Oklahoma City. The two Kings forwards did their best work in the second half, combining for 30 points and nine rebounds to help Sacramento overcome another huge night by Russell Westbrook. The NBA's leader in triple-doubles with five, Westbrook finished with 31 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in 33 minutes. Cousins' performance was just as impressive. He set the tone immediately, bullying first Steven Adams, then Enes Kanter down low when Oklahoma City refused to double him. He scored 16 points and grabbed six of his 13 rebounds in the opening quarter.