Roundup: LeBron James stairs aside in Cleveland’s victory
December 22, 2014 - Finding Carter
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving stepped aside and let one of their teammates gloss off an opponent.
On Sunday, Dion Waiters finished Memphis.
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Waiters scored 13 of his 21 points in a fourth entertain as a horde Cleveland Cavaliers rubbed one of a Western Conference’s best teams, violence a shorthanded Grizzlies, 105-91.
The Cavaliers have been watchful for a puzzling and unsuitable Waiters to turn some-more reliable.
It’s still a work in swell though Waiters, who frequently has been mentioned in trade rumors over a past dual seasons, is display signs of building into a solid scorer off a bench.
‘‘He’s training any day,’’ pronounced James, who had 25 points. ‘‘He’s a immature guy. He hasn’t gifted most in this league, so for him to have a diversion like he had, we indispensable it.’’
James scored 16 in a second half and a Cavaliers shot a season-best 61 percent from a margin to urge to 3-6 opposite a Western Conference. Anderson Varejao scored 18 and Irving had 17 points and 12 assists for a Cavaliers, who are 11-3 given their indolent 5-7 start.
Marc Gasol scored 23 and combined 11 rebounds for a Grizzlies, who played though brazen Zach Randolph. He was nursing a bruise and distended right knee he harmed in Friday’s detriment during Chicago.
Jon Leuer combined 16 points for Memphis, that forsaken to 21-6.
Gasol refused to use Randolph’s deficiency as an excuse.
‘‘Whoever’s not here is not here,” he said. “Trust me, we have adequate talent in this locker room not only to win tonight though to win a same volume of games we’ve won so far.’’
Raptors 118, Knicks 108 — Lou Williams and Kyle Lowry any scored 22 points and Toronto kick visiting New York for a sixth uninterrupted victory.
Greivis Vasquez had 21 points and Terrence Ross scored 18 for a Raptors, who matched their longest winning strain of a season.
Carmelo Anthony scored 28 for a Knicks, who mislaid their fifth true and 15th of 16.
Anthony concurred anticipating it tough to fathom that a Knicks are 20 games next .500 during 5-25.
‘‘It doesn’t seem real,’’ he said.
Suns 104, Wizards 92 — Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris any scored 17 points, Goran Dragic combined 16, and visiting Phoenix snapped Washington’s six-game winning streak.
The Suns finished 3-0 on their highway outing after losing 6 in a row.
Rasual Butler led a Wizards with 17 points, and Kevin Seraphin had a season-high 16.
Kings 108, Lakers 101 — DeMarcus Cousins had 29 points and 14 rebounds in his second start given returning from a critical illness, and horde Sacramento snapped a five-game losing strain by violence Los Angeles.
Rudy Gay scored 24 points, and Ben McLemore combined 23 points and 8 rebounds to assistance a Kings lift divided late. Sacramento had mislaid 10 of 12 games — going 2-8 while Cousins recovered from viral meningitis — and dismissed manager Michael Malone final week.
Tyrone Corbin won for a initial time in 3 games as Sacramento’s halt coach.
Nick Young scored 26 points and Kobe Bryant had 25 for a Lakers.
76ers 96, Magic 88 — Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and visiting Philadelphia rallied to kick Orlando, finale a five-game losing streak.
Victor Oladipo had 23 points for a Magic. Nik Vucevic finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, and Tobias Harris combined 17 points.
The Magic have mislaid 4 true and 6 of their final seven.
Nets 110, Pistons 105 — Mason Plumlee scored 10 of his 21 points in a fourth entertain and horde Brooklyn reason off a late rally.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points for Detroit, and Andre Drummond had 18 points and 20 rebounds.
Pacers 100, Timberwolves 96 — C.J. Miles scored 28 points and David West bulled his approach to a basket for 2 large points with 34 seconds to play to assistance visiting Indiana reason off Minnesota.
Miles strike 10 of 18 shots and Roy Hibbert had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks for a Pacers.
Mo Williams had 24 points and 10 assists and Shabazz Muhammad combined 21 points and 6 rebounds for a Timberwolves, losers of 11 of their final 12.
Pelicans 101, Thunder 99 — Anthony Davis scored 38 points, a third-highest sum of his career, to lead New Orleans past horde Oklahoma City.
Davis done 16 of 22 shots and had 12 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook scored 29 points for a Thunder, though missed a 3-pointer that could have given Oklahoma City a lead in a shutting seconds. Reggie Jackson combined 19 points.