Dec 6 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association games.
- - -
Trail Blazers 130, Jazz 98
When the team with the worst record in the NBA's Western Conference met up with the best, the result was exactly what one might expect.
Guard Wesley Matthews scored 24 points, guard Damian Lillard chipped in 21 points, all in the first half, and forward LaMarcus Aldridge collected 20 points and 15 rebounds in Portland's 130-98 rout of Utah (4-17).
It was the fourth straight victory for the Trail Blazers (17-3), who also got 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists from forward Nicolas Batum.
- - -
Bobcats 105, 76ers 88
Forward Jeffery Taylor matched a career high with 20 points to lead six players in double figures as the Charlotte Bobcats rolled to a 105-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Bobcats put together their finest offensive performance of the season, breaking the 100-point barrier for just the second time.
The Bobcats (9-11) received 18 points from Gerald Henderson, 18 points and 10 assists from Kemba Walker, 14 points and 12 rebounds from Al Jefferson, 13 points from Ramon Sessions and 10 points from Cody Zeller.
The Sixers fell to 7-13 and lost for the ninth time in their last 11 games.
- - -
Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89
Kyle Korver did not waste any time in setting the NBA record with a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game and the Atlanta Hawks made sure that it came in an easy victory.
Korver, a 6-foot-7 guard in his 10th season out of Creighton, broke a tie at 89 games with Dana Barros when he connected in the first quarter and the Hawks rolled on from there for a 108-89 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (6-13).
Al Horford led Atlanta (11-10) with 22 points, Paul Milsap contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Korver finished as the Hawks' seventh double-figure scorer with 10 points.
- - -
Knicks 121, Magic 83
The New York Knicks ended their six-game home losing streak, knocking off the Orlando Magic 121-83.
Carmelo Anthony top scored for the Knicks (5-13), who won a second straight game for the first time this season, with 20 points.
Orlando (7-12) received 20 points from Arron Afflalo and 17 points from Victor Oladipo but have dropped four games in a row.
- - -
Celtics 106, Nuggets 98
The Boston Celtics, the sub .500 leaders of the woeful Atlantic Division, scored the first 14 points en route to a 106-98 victory over the Denver Nuggets.
The win was the fifth in the last seven games for the Celtics, who improved to 9-12.
Jordan Crawford scored 22 points and added eight assists and four rebounds to lead five Celtics players in double figures.
The loss was Denver's (11-8) second straight.
- - -
Bucks 109, Wizards 105 (overtime)
Khris Middleton scored 29 points and John Henson had 19 and 17 rebounds as the struggling Milwaukee Bucks used a late 9-0 run to pick up a 109-105 overtime win over the Washington Wizards.
Brandon Knight sank clutch jumpers in the fourth quarter and overtime, and finished with 20 points for the Bucks (4-15), who had lost 13 of 14 games including a setback at home in overtime to Washington last month.
John Wall scored 10 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards (9-10).
- - -
Thunder 109, Pelicans 95
Kevin Durant scored 19 of his game-high 29 points in the first half and Russell Westbrook added 25 to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
The victory gave Oklahoma City (14-4) a 2-1 road trip, their ninth win in 10 games and ninth consecutive win over New Orleans (9-10).
The Pelicans, who lost their second consecutive home game, were led by Ryan Anderson with 18 points and Eric Gordon with 16.
- - -
Rockets 105, Warriors 83
The Houston Rockets blitzed the Golden State Warriors early and negated any threat of another unlikely comeback, snapping a two-game skid with a 105-83 victory.
The Rockets (14-7) led by as many as 28 points in reversing their mini-slump, parlaying dominating efforts from James Harden (34 points, seven rebounds, four assists), Terrence Jones (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Dwight Howard (22 points, 18 boards).
Golden State (11-9) could not shoot their way past the Rockets' stifling defense, converting a woeful two-for-16 three-pointers.
- - -
Suns 106, Raptors 97
Markieff Morris scored 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field and added 11 rebounds off the bench and Eric Bledsoe had 19 points as the Phoenix Suns handed the Toronto Raptors their sixth straight loss in a 106-97 win.
P.J. Tucker added 17 points and a season-high 13 rebounds and Goran Dragic had 14 points for the Suns, who snapped a three-game losing streak to Toronto and have now won six of their first nine home games.
The Suns outrebounded the Raptors 53-36 and Phoenix had 18 offensive rebounds, with Morris and Tucker each grabbing six.
- - -
Lakers 106, Kings 100
Jodie Meeks scored 19 points and made the biggest shot of the game, hitting a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining, as the Los Angeles Lakers geared up for the return of Kobe Bryant by edging the Sacramento Kings 106-100.
Meeks, whose playing time has increased in Bryant's absence, made a 24-footer from the top of the key to give Los Angeles a two-possession lead that the Kings (4-13) could not overcome.
The Lakers overcame an 87-77 deficit in the final 14 minutes and will be above .500 (10-9) when they welcome Bryant back on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors.
- - - (Editing by Peter Rutherford)