Bledsoe, Suns beat Knicks in overtime
PHOENIX (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored the go-ahead points on a driving, left-handed layup with 30 seconds to play and the Phoenix Suns beat New York 113-111 in overtime on Tuesday night, only the Knicks’ second loss in eight games.
Bledsoe scored eight consecutive points late in OT and finished with 31, his third consecutive 30-point game.
Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points for New York, one shy of his career high, before fouling out with 1:34 left in OT.
Carmelo Anthony capped a 3-for-15 shooting night with an air ball that resulted in a 24-second clock violation with 5.9 seconds left.
Devin Booker’s two free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining boosted the lead to 113-110, and the Suns, coming off an overtime home loss to New Orleans on Sunday night, held on from there.
New York’s Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half due to back spasms.
Kyle O’Quinn, who scored 22 points for New York, made the first free throw to cut the lead to 113-111 with 4 seconds left and purposely missed the second. Lance Thomas’ tip attempt in a crowd didn’t go, and P.J. Tucker grabbed the ball for Phoenix.
Tucker missed two free throws with 1.2 seconds left, but it didn’t matter in a victory that spoiled the return to Phoenix for Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who was fired as Suns coach 10 months ago.
Tyson Chandler grabbed a season-best 23 rebounds for Phoenix, giving him 44 in his last two games. Rookie Marquese Chriss had 14 points, 12 rebounds and a soaring block of Justin Holiday’s layup in overtime.
Cavaliers 103, Grizzlies 86
CLEVELAND — Kevin Love scored 29 points, J.R. Smith found his aim — for one half — and LeBron James added 23 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their fifth straight, over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis rested center Marc Gasol for the first of back-to-back games against the defending NBA champions.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that James, Love and Irving will not travel for the game Wednesday.
Smith, who has been in a season-long shooting slump, scored 17 of his 23 points in the first half as the Cavs, who gave star point guard Kyrie Irving the night off, built a 22-point lead and ended the Grizzlies’ six-game winning streak.
Zach Randolph replaced Gasol in the starting lineup and scored 18 points to lead the Grizzlies. The reigning Western Conference player of the week, Gasol is expected to play today in Memphis to complete a brutal three-game stretch for the Grizzlies, who beat Golden State by 21 on Saturday.
Timberwolves 99, Bulls 94
CHICAGO — Zach LaVine scored 24 points, Andrew Wiggins added 23 and Minnesota won in coach Tom Thibodeau’s return to Chicago.
The Timberwolves wiped out a 21-point deficit and got Thibodeau a victory in his first game in Chicago since the Bulls fired him in an acrimonious split in 2015.
Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points, and the Timberwolves snapped a four-game losing streak.
Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 27 points, and Robin Lopez added 14.
Warriors 113, Pelicans 109
NEW ORLEANS — Stephen Curry scored 30 points, Kevin Durant added 27 to go with a big block on Anthony Davis in the final minute and Golden State held off New Orleans.
Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and it was the last of his four steals — on Davis in the waning seconds — that sealed the victory. Davis angrily contended he’d been fouled, only to be assessed a technical foul.
Klay Thompson added 17 points for the Warriors, who combined for 14 3-pointers, five by Curry.
Davis finished with 28 points, five blocked shots and two steals but turned the ball over six times.
Trail Blazers 114, Thunder 95
PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard had 17 points and nine assists before sitting out the fourth quarter and Portland snapped a four-game losing streak.
Russell Westbrook was off his league-leading average of 31.1 points a game with 20 for the Thunder, who have lost two of their last three after a six-game winning streak.
Mason Plumlee added 18 points for the Blazers, who led by 26 points in Portland’s first game back after a 1-4 road trip.
Magic 131, Hawks 120
ATLANTA — Serge Ibaka scored 29 points, Elfrid Payton reached career highs with 26 points and 14 assists and Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak.
Dwight Howard had 20 points and 16 rebounds and Dennis Schroder had 19 points and 13 assists for the Hawks.