Kurt Helin

Associated Press

Lin scores 24 as Hornets rally to beat Cavaliers 106-97


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Lin scored 24 points and the Charlotte Hornets rallied in the second half to beat the Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland Cavaliers 106-97 on Wednesday night.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and three other players finished in double figures for the Hornets, who overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to snap a four-game losing streak against the Cavaliers.

Marvin Williams added 16 points, Frank Kaminski had 15 off the bench and Nicholas Batum scored 10 for Charlotte, which trailed 58-49 at halftime. Playing without ailing point guard Kemba Walker, the Hornets outscored Cleveland 33-17 in the third quarter to take an 82-75 lead and went on to lead by as many as 15 late in the fourth.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and LeBron James added 23 for the Cavaliers, who had won five straight. J.R. Smith scored 14 and Kevin Love 12.

Irving gave the Cavaliers their final lead, hitting a layup with 6:36 left in the third quarter that put Cleveland up 69-67. Lin followed with a three-point play 28 seconds later to put the Hornets ahead to stay.

Charlotte’s biggest lead came with less than 5 minutes remaining, when Kidd-Gilchrist knocked down a jumper to put the Hornets up 98-83. The Cavaliers got no closer than six the rest of the way.

There were nine lead changes and 11 ties in a back-and-forth first half before a late run put the Cavaliers in front by nine.

Charlotte took its biggest lead of the first half late in the second quarter, going up 47-43 on Kaminsky’s layup with 4:23 remaining. But the Cavaliers closed the period with a 15-2 spurt.

Cleveland opened the run with Tristan Thompson‘s tip-in with 4:07 left, took the lead at 50-48 on James’ jumper with 1:35 remaining and capped it with Smith’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer.


Cavaliers: Cleveland is 5-2 since Tyronn Lue replaced David Blatt as head coach on Jan. 22. . G Matthew Dellavedova was inactive with a sore left hamstring.

Hornets: Walker sat out with a sore left knee, the first game he’s missed this season. . Batum (strained right toe), center Cody Zeller (sore right shoulder) and guard Jeremy Lamb (sprained right toe) returned to action, with Zeller and Batum starting.

Report: Zach Lavine, Andre Drummond, Will Barton, Aaron Gordon in dunk contest


Zach LaVine didn’t just win the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest last season, he re-energized it. And then said after it was over he didn’t even break out his best dunk.

Looks like he will be back this year in Toronto to defend his title. Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the story (which likely becomes official on Thursday).

The defending champion in Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Denver’s Will Barton and Orlando’s Aaron Gordon are this year’s participants, league sources informed cleveland.com.

That’s an impressive field. LaVine is the clear favorite, but Will Barton should provide some exciting competition, he has had some huge dunks this season.

Drummond brings the power, and Gordon is another freak athlete. This is going to be entertaining.

But the smart money is on LaVine.

Serge Ibaka block sets up Kevin Durant game-winning three (VIDEO)

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It started with one of the best shot blockers in the game doing his thing — Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka tracked down Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and rejected his lay-up to put the Magic up two.

Then rather than take the timeout, Billy Donovan rightly just puts the ball in Kevin Durant‘s hands and lets him work.

Three ball. Game winner. Thunder get a win at home over a feisty Magic team.

Stephen Curry scores 25 points in the first quarter (VIDEO)

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The Stephen Curry show was broadcasting live and in color in our nation’s capital Wednesday night.

Curry was his ridiculous self on the court, hitting every kind of shot except a skyhook, making plays for teammates, and just putting on a show. Like on this play.

Credit the Warriors, who showed some fight and hung around in the game, not going away and making the Warriors work for it on the road. It was close in the fourth quarter as of this writing.

Rockets’ Terrence Jones in car accident on way to airport, out Thursday

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Fortunately, this doesn’t appear to be anything too serious. But it will keep Terrence Jones out for a game.

He was driving to the airport where the Rockets were off to Phoenix for a Thursday night game, when Jones was involved in a car accident. From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Jones comes off the bench for the Rockets and plays minutes in the teens most nights, but had almost 30 in the Rockets’ last game. Not having him leaves the Rockets shorthanded.