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LeBron James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Cleveland over Philadelphia, 113-91, in NBA action on Monday.

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions won their eighth straight game. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and Jeff Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds to pace the up-and-coming 76ers, who had won three straight and five of six.

James scored the first nine points on his way to 22 in the first half, helping Cleveland to a 53-45 lead by draining a 3 in front of Cleveland’s bench at the first-half buzzer.

Trail Blazers 103, Knicks 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 32 points and Portland wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with its third straight victory.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.

Spurs 115, Mavericks 108

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio celebrated Tony Parker’s first game of the season by beating Dallas.

Parker had six points and four assists in 14 minutes in his first appearance since tearing his right quadriceps tendon May 3 against Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The injury required surgery and led some to speculate Parker could miss significant time, if he came back at all. Instead, the 35- year-old returned quicker than expected to what he calls the “game I love.”

Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews each had 19 points to lead the Mavericks, who had won two straight.

Rockets 117, Nets 103

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 20 of his 37 points in the first quarter to lead Houston over Brooklyn.

Harden added 10 rebounds and eight assists to guide the Rockets to their fifth straight win. When he took a break with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter, he was outscoring the Nets 20-17 by himself, not to mention four assists at that point. He was 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 8-for-13.

Pacers 121, Magic 109

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help Indiana hand Orlando its ninth straight loss.

Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge ultimately proved the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak.

Clippers 120, Lakers 115

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored a season high 42 points and the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers for their 11th straight home victory against their Staples Center co-tenant.

Blake Griffin added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who came back after trailing by eight to win their third in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0.

Kings 110, Warriors 106

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic made a go-ahead bank shot with 12.6 seconds left, lifting the Kings over the Warriors with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant injured and sitting out.

The Kings ended an eight-game skid at Golden State.



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