The Miami Heat continue to slide in the Eastern Conference team standings while the Toronto Raptors held off a challenge by the Boston Celtics. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers also won big, bouncing back after their embarrassing loss to defending NBA champions Golden State Warriors in their previous game.
Here’s a recap of the early games in the NBA on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2016:
Cleveland Cavaliers 91, Brooklyn Nets 78
In a low-scoring affair, Kevin Love bounced back after a poor performance against the Warriors posting a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds in a 91-78 victory over the Nets.
The Cavaliers lost 132-98 against the Warriors with Love scoring only 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting. Against Brooklyn, Love went 5-of-10 from the field and added 2 steals.
LeBron James added 17 points and 5 assists while Tristan Thompson contributed a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who will host the Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls in their next two games.
Washington Wizards 106, Miami Heat 87
Bradley Beal returned from injury and scored 18 points off the bench to help the Wizards to an easy 106-87 win over the Miami Heat, who has lost their last three games.
John Wall also had 18 points and added 10 assists for the double-double. Marcin Gortat posted his own double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds with 2 blocked shots and Nene Hilario had 16 points.
The Wizards snapped a two-game skid with the victory.
Toronto Raptors 115, Boston Celtics 109
The Canadian squad used a 40-28 third quarter run to hold off the visiting Celtics, who led 62-56 at halftime. Four of five starters scored in double figures for the Raptors led by DeMar DeRozan’s 34 points.
DeRozan finished 13-of-25 from the field and added 6 assists for Toronto, who extended their winning streak to six games. Luis Scola had 18 points while Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds.
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