Five games were played in the NBA on Tuesday night, with the Cleveland Cavaliers now 9-1 after beating the Toronto Raptors.
Cavaliers fossilise Raptors
The Cavs beat a confident Raptors 121-117. LeBron James had a double-double with 28 points and 14 assists with nine rebounds. Cleveland had two other double-doubles from Kevin Love (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Tristan Thompson (15 points, 11 rebounds), while Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points.
The Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry’s 28 points and nine assists. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and six rebounds, while Terrence Ross ended the game with 18 points and three rebounds.
Hawks soar past Heat
The Atlanta Hawks gave the Miami Heat a three-point game, beating them 93-90 in Miami. German-Gambian Dennis Schroder had 18 points and four assists, Dwight Howard had an 11-point 11-rebound double-double, while Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr combined for 30 with 15 points apiece. Swiss-South African Thabo Sefolosha finished with three points, two rebounds and three steals.
Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with a 19-point, 25-rebound double-double, Josh Richardson had 19 points and four rebounds, while Tyler Johnson finished with 14 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Timberwolves stung by Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets beat the Timberwolves 115-108 in Minnesota. Kemba Walker had a 30-point game, with five rebounds, six assists and five steals. Frank Kaminsky had 20 points four rebounds and five assists, while French-Cameroonian Nicolas Batum had 16 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.
Andrew Wiggins had 29 points, two rebounds and three assists, Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points eight rebounds and four assists, Zach LaVine had 19 points two rebounds and two assists, while Senegalese Gorgui Dieng ended the game one point short of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Chicago Bulls downed the Portland Trail Blazers 113-88, with Jimmy Butler top-scoring with 27, while the LA Lakers were led by D’Angelo Russell’s 32 as they beat the Brooklyn Nets 125-118.
By Kaunda Chama