Basketball: Rockets rout reeling Spurs, Kyrie Irving haunts former team Cavs as Celtics cruise

Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela shoots the ball past San Antonio Spurs small forward Dante Cunningham during their NBA game at AT&T Center in San Antonio on Nov 30, 2018.
Houston Rockets centre Clint Capela shoots the ball past San Antonio Spurs small forward Dante Cunningham during their NBA game at AT&T Center in San Antonio on Nov 30, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS/USA TODAY SPORTS

(REUTERS) - Clint Capela scored 27 points on 12-of-16 shooting and pulled down 12 rebounds in just three quarters as the visiting Houston Rockets rolled to a 136-105 win over the reeling San Antonio Spurs on Friday (Nov 30).

The Rockets, with point guard Chris Paul back in the lineup after sitting out three games with a hamstring injury, emphatically snapped a four-game losing streak, taking a 70-47 lead into halftime and never looking back.

It was the second straight blowout loss suffered by the Spurs, who were defeated 128-89 in Minnesota on Wednesday.

San Antonio has dropped five of its past seven games and eight of the 11 games it has played since beating the Rockets, also on the Spurs' home court, on Nov 10. It marks the first time since 1987 that the Spurs have lost consecutive games by 30 or more points.

Lakers 114, Mavericks 103

LeBron James scored 28 points and Brandon Ingram added 19 as Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a double-digit deficit in the first half and pulled away for a victory over visiting Dallas.

Kyle Kuzma scored 15 points with 12 rebounds as the Lakers answered consecutive defeats earlier in the week with victories on back-to-back days after they built a big lead and held on against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday.

Harrison Barnes scored 29 points and Dwight Powell added 17 off the bench for the Mavericks, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. Rookie of the Year front-runner Luka Doncic struggled however, going 2-of-13 from the field for just six points. Dallas entered with seven victories in their previous eight games.

Grizzlies 131, Nets 125 (2OT)

Mike Conley scored 13 of his season-high 37 points in the second overtime, and Memphis recorded a wild victory over Brooklyn, which saw its home losing streak reach six games.

Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr scored a career-high 36 points, and his three-pointer with 15.9 seconds left in regulation forged a 111-111 deadlock and forced overtime. He had cut the deficit to three just 12 seconds earlier by converting a four-point play.

Conley hit the game-tying basket with nine seconds left in the first overtime to forge a 117-117 tie. Then he scored all but one of Memphis' points in the second overtime. Conley finished one point shy of his career high as he shot 13-of-25 and also handed out 10 assists.

The Nets were led by D'Angelo Russell's 26 points (10-of-27 shooting) and veteran DeMarre Carroll who added a season-high 21 points off the bench.

Heat 106, Pelicans 101

Josh Richardson scored a team-high 20 points - including a key drive with 26 seconds left - as Miami snapped a six-game home losing streak by defeating New Orleans.

Pelicans star Anthony Davis scored 41 points, 19 of them in the third quarter. It was his third game of at least 40 points this season. New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday added 21 points and eight assists.

Miami led by as many as 31 points in the second quarter and then held on to snap its longest home losing streak since 2008. New Orleans got as close as three points late in the fourth quarter. Heat stalwart Dwyane Wade provided 18 points off the Heat bench.

Nuggets 113, Trail Blazers 112

Gary Harris scored 27 points as visiting Denver defeated Portland while Paul Millsap contributed 22 points and 10 rebounds and Nikola Jokic added 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the Nuggets' fifth straight win.

CJ McCollum bombed in 33 points but missed a jump shot that would have been the game-winner at the final horn as the Trail Blazers fell for the sixth time in nine games.

Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in a season-high 20 points for Portland, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second quarter.

76ers 123, Wizards 98

Joel Embiid scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, recording his league-best 22nd double-double, as hosts Philadelphia dismantled Washington.

Ben Simmons had 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for his 15th double-double this season. Eight Sixers reached double figures in the win, half of them reserves, as they improved to 12-1 at home and won their third in a row.

Bradley Beal scored 19 points for the Wizards, who fell to 2-9 on the road and dropped their second straight. They played without centre Dwight Howard, who could be out for several months after undergoing surgery for a lingering gluteal injury.

Jazz 119, Hornets 111

Kyle Korver scored 14 points off the bench, 12 of those on 3-pointers, in his first game back with Utah in helping overpower hosts Charlotte to win a second straight to start the Jazz's three-game trip.

Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 30, Jae Crowder came off the bench for 24 points and a team-high seven assists, and Rudy Gobert contributed 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Jazz, who had not won at Charlotte since December 2013, when the opponents were known as the Bobcats.

Jeremy Lamb had 24 points, Kemba Walker 21 and Tony Parker 20 points and a game-high nine assists to pace the Hornets.

Celtics 128, Cavaliers 95

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and six other Celtics scored in double figures as Boston defeated visiting Cleveland.

Irving, the former Cavaliers guard who demanded a trade out of Cleveland before last season, haunted his old team to the tune of 11-of-15 shooting from the field, including 5 for 7 from beyond the arc. Irving also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Celtics were deadly from three-point range, connecting on 17 of 31 attempts. They recorded season highs in points, margin of victory and field-goal percentage (53.3 per cent).

Thunder 124, Hawks 109

Russell Westbrook scored 23 points, finishing one rebound short of a second consecutive triple-double, to lead Oklahoma City to a win over visiting Atlanta.

The Thunder took control with a 38-point second quarter, with Paul George scoring 13 of his 20 points in the quarter to help Oklahoma City turn what was a two-point lead into a 20-point cushion by the break.

Alex Abrines hit a career-high seven three-pointers, going 7 of 11 from the field with all of his attempts coming from long distance to finish with 21 points. Oklahoma City was 43.9 per cent from behind the arc, hitting 18 of 41 shots from distance.

Pistons 107, Bulls 88 Blake Griffin had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists and hosts Detroit extended its winning streak to four games by defeating Chicago.

Reggie Jackson also scored 20 points, while Andre Drummond piled up 19 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals for Detroit. Reggie Bullock added 13 points and six assists, and Ish Smith tossed in 12 points off the bench.

Rookie Wendell Carter Jr.'s career-high 28 points led the Bulls, who have lost five straight and nine of their last 10.

Magic 99, Suns 85

Terrence Ross single-handedly broke open a tight game with three consecutive hoops to open the fourth quarter, propelling Orlando to victory over host Phoenix.

Nikola Vucevic recorded a 25-point, 15-rebound double-double, helping the Magic complete a five-game Western swing with a 2-3 record.

Deandre Ayton had a team-high 19 points for Phoenix, which learned just before the start of the game that standout guard Devin Booker would miss the contest with a toe injury. The loss was the Suns' fourth straight overall and seventh in their last eight games.