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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:00 am

NBA

James scores 37 in win at OKC

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY – LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.

It was Cleveland's second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory.

J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.

Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points.

ROCKETS 126, TIMBERWOLVES 108: In Minneapolis, James Harden had 34 points, 12 assists and six rebounds as the Rockets won their ninth straight game and 16th in the past 18.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 35 points and 12 rebounds in Minnesota's first home loss since Dec. 16 against Phoenix.