NBA round-up: Suns down Jazz for seventh straight win

Phoenix Suns extended their winning streak to seven games by beating Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls ended their losing run on the road away at Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers squandered a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter before beating New York Knicks. We round up Monday’s NBA action…

Utah Jazz 109-115 Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker scored 33 points while Chris Paul added 27 points and 14 assists to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 115-109 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Paul poured in 15 points in the fourth quarter as Phoenix came back from a five-point deficit early in the period. He also had nine rebounds in the game plus an uncharacteristic seven turnovers.

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Highlights of the Utah Jazz against the Phoenix Suns

Bismack Biyombo chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds off the Phoenix bench. Cameron Johnson finished with 20 points as the Suns won their seventh straight game.

Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points to lead the Jazz, who lost for the eighth time in their past 10 games. Utah’s Trent Forrest added a career-high 17 points, the first time in his 67 career NBA games that he scored in double figures.

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Highlights of the Indiana Pacers against the New Orleans Pelicans

New York Knicks 93-95 Cleveland Cavaliers

Darius Garland posted one of three double-doubles for Cleveland, which frittered away all of a 15-point fourth-quarter lead before Garland’s three-pointer with 1:23 left gave the hosts the lead for good in a win over New York.

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Highlights of the New York Knicks against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Week 15

The three-pointer was the only one of the game for Garland, who finished with 13 points and 12 assists as the surging Cavaliers won for the seventh time in eight games. Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds off the Cleveland bench, and Evan Mobley added 15 points and 12 boards.

RJ Barrett scored 24 points for the Knicks, who have lost four of their past five. Julius Randle had 18 points but missed a turnaround desperation three-point attempt from near half-court at the buzzer.

Chicago Bulls 111-110 Oklahoma City Thunder

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Highlights of the Chicago Bulls against the Oklahoma City Thunder

Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Chicago earned a narrow road win over Oklahoma City despite nearly blowing a 28-point, third-quarter lead.

Rookie Ayo Dosunmu scored a season-high 24 points to help the Bulls win for just the second time in eight games. Chicago snapped a five-game road losing streak. Zach LaVine played for the first time since Jan 14 and had 23 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (31 points, 10 assists) missed a potential game-tying three-pointer with 2.3 seconds left. The Thunder have lost six consecutive games and 13 of their past 15.

Indiana Pacers 113-117 New Orleans Pelicans

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Highlights of the Indiana Pacers against the New Orleans Pelicans

Devonte’ Graham scored 25 points and host New Orleans held off a three-point barrage by Indiana. Graham made five of nine three-point attempts while his teammates made just one of 21.

The Pacers made 19 of 46, matching their season high for made three-pointers. Josh Hart added 22 points with 10 rebounds while Jonas Valanciunas had 16 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for New Orleans, which has won two straight and four of its past six games.

Indiana rookie Duane Washington Jr. scored a season-high 21 points by sinking seven of 12 from deep. Caris LeVert added 19, but Indiana fell for the 12th time in 15 games.

Source : Sky Sports