#SportsReport: James A Winner In Return To Cleveland...Surprising Sabres Still Sizzling
LeBron James made his return to Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday and received a hero's welcome before helping the Los Angeles Lakers knock off his old team.
James finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in the Lakers' 109-105 win over the Cavaliers. He scored or assisted on 11 straight points as Los Angeles overcame a 99-91 deficit in the final period.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the win.
Checking out Wednesday's other NBA action:
The Warriors have their first four-game losing streak in nearly six years after Russell Westbrook registered his first triple-double of the season in the Thunder's 123-95 dismantling of the two-time defending champs. Westbrook finished with 11 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his second game back since missing five straight with a sprained left ankle.
Kyle Lowry posted his first triple-double of the season with 21 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds as the Raptors thumped the Hawks, 124-108. Jonas Valanciunas had season-high totals of 24 points and 13 rebounds for the 15-4 Raptors, while Pascal Siakam added 22. Former Raptor Vince Carter went over 25,000 career points with a slam in the final second.
What looked good on paper was an absolute mismatch as Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his season high of 33 points in the Bucks' 143-100 trouncing of the Trail Blazers. Antetokounmpo added 16 rebounds and nine assists in 30 minutes as the Bucks avenged an early season loss to Portland in a rematch of teams off to fast starts.
The 76ers improved to 10-0 at home as Joel Embiid delivered 31 points and 19 rebounds in a 121-120 win over the Pelicans. Ben Simmons added 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Philadelphia, but the outcome was in doubt until Anthony Davis missed the third of three free throws with 2.5 seconds left.
The Rockets picked up their fifth straight win as James Harden scored a season-high 43 points and Clint Capela added 27 in a 126-124 squeaker against the Pistons. Harden made all 19 of his free throw attempts, including a pair that made 122-116 with 19.1 seconds left.
Marc Gasol's two free throws with 0.7 seconds left pushed the Grizzlies past the Spurs, 104-103. Mike Conley had 30 points to lead Memphis.
Paul Millsap contributed 25 points and Jamal Murray added 18 in the Nuggets' 103-101 win at Minnesota. Millsap started the pivotal third quarter with five points in a quick 7-0 run that put Denver on top 57-56.
The Bulls halted a four-game slide by shooting just under 57 percent in a 124-116 downing of the Suns. Jabari Parker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Chicago, while Zach LaVine added 29 points.
The Kings were 119-110 winners at Utah as Willie Cauley-Stein scored 23 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 18. De'Aaron Fox added 17 points and 13 assists for Sacramento, which went on a 16-1 spurt to take a 105-88 lead.
Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points and the Hornets were 18 of 29 from beyond the arc in a 127-109 romp over the Pacers. Kemba Walker added 16 points and had a season-high 11 assists while taking just 10 shots after scoring 103 points over his previous two games.
Trey Burke came off the bench to shoot 4-for-6 from 3-point range and score a game-high 29 points with a team-high 11 assists in the Knicks' 117-109 victory at Boston. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points to help New York end a six-game losing streak and send Boston to its seventh loss in 10 games.
Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 28 points and teenage rookie Luka Doncic had 21 points and nine rebounds to push the Mavericks past the Nets, 119-113. Devin Harris broke a fourth-quarter tie with eight straight points as Dallas overcame Allen Crabbe's season-high 27 points.
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Third-ranked Gonzaga has become the first team ever to beat Duke in the Maui Invitational.
The top-ranked Blue Devils had been 17-0 all time on the island until Rui Hachimura scored 20 points to lead the No. 3 Zags to an 89-87 victory in the title game. Zach Norvell Jr. chipped in 18 points for Gonzaga, which beat a No. 1 team for the first time and ended Duke's 17-game winning streak in the tournament.
The 5-1 Blue Devils trailed by 16 in the second half before tying it at 87. Hachimura scored on a hard drive for the winning margin.
Gonzaga secured the win by blocking four shots in the final 46 seconds, including Brandon Clarke's rejection of R.J. Barrett's drive on the final play.
Barrett had 23 points and Zion Williamson scored 22 for Duke.
Meanwhile, Kansas and Tennessee have advanced to the NIT Season Tip-Off final.
Dedric Lawson had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds as the second-ranked Jayhawks rallied past Marquette, 77-68. Legerald Vick added 16 points for Kansas, which trailed by nine at halftime before scoring 22 unanswered points.
Grant Williams scored 24 points to lead five Tennessee players in double-figures as the fifth-ranked Vols handled Louisville, 92-81. Admiral Schofield added 20 points and the Vols shot 54 percent while improving to 4-0.
In other top-25 games:
De'Andre Hunter's 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds led fourth-ranked Virginia to an easy 74-52 victory over Middle Tennessee in a first-round game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Kyle Guy also scored 15 points and Braxton Key added 13 for the 4-0 Cavaliers.
Bryce Brown scored 19 points and Malik Dunbar added 15 to send No. 8 Auburn past Arizona, 73-57 in the third-place game at the Maui Invitational. The Tigers allowed the Wildcats to pull within one in the second half before taking control with an 11-0 run to go up by 14.
PJ Washington delivered 19 points and 11 rebounds in 10th-ranked Kentucky's 87-74 victory against Winthrop. Tyler Herro added 15 points for the 4-1 Wildcats, who shot 56 percent and stayed unbeaten since a season-opening loss to Duke.
Quinndary Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter each scored 12 points to lead No. 15 Mississippi State to a 61-57 victory over Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs got nine points and 11 rebounds from Aric Holman in the consolation game of the MGM Main Event's heavyweight division.
Ty-Shon Alexander received MVP honors of the Cayman Islands Classic after knocking down a career-high 36 points to lead Creighton's 87-82 upset of No. 16 Clemson in the tournament title game. Alexander had 19 points while the Bluejays were building a 45-35 halftime lead.
Luka Garza scored 22 points and freshman Joe Wieskamp had a career-high 20 in 20th-ranked Iowa's 105-78 thrashing of Alabama State. Tyler Cook scored 16 points and Isaiah Moss added 15 for the 5-0 Hawkeyes.
No. 22 Buffalo cruised to a 110-71 victory over Dartmouth behind Nick Perkins' 18 points and 10 boards. Davonta Jordan and Jayvon Graves scored 16 points apiece for the Bulls, who scored the game's first 15 points and led by 26 at halftime.
Ethan Happ's 16 points and 12 boards carried No. 25 Wisconsin past Stanford, 62-46 in the first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Nate Reuvers had a tournament-record nine blocked shots for the 4-0 Badgers.
Also in Men’s College Basketball:
Seventh-ranked North Carolina says point guard Seventh Woods will miss this week's two games in Las Vegas with a concussion. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Wednesday that the junior suffered the injury Tuesday during practice. Woods has a team-best 27 assists in five games for the 5-0 Tar Heels.
UMass takes on Southern Illinois Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Syracuse defeated Colgate 77-56
Iona topped Hartford 80-75
Vermont edged Yale 79-70
The Mountain Hawks beat Siena 80-69
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Syracuse takes on Kansas State Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
UConn takes on Ole Miss at 7:30 p.m.
Monmouth topped UAlbany 64-56
It appears the Detroit Lions won't have to deal with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when they host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving at 12:30 p.m.
The Bears list Trubisky as doubtful with right shoulder injury suffered in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 25-20 win over Minnesota.
Chicago's No. 2 quarterback is Chase Daniel, who hasn't started or played extensively in the NFL since 2014.
Elsewhere this Thanksgiving:
Dallas hosts Washington at 4:30 p.m.
Atlanta goes against New Orleans at 8:20 p.m.
In other NFL news:
Falcons’ linebacker Deion Jones has been ruled out of Thursday's game at New Orleans as he continues to recover from a broken right foot. Jones came off injured reserve last week after missing two months, but he was inactive for Sunday's loss to Dallas.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota was limited in practice Wednesday as he tries to recover from a stinger that knocked him out of Sunday's 38-10 loss at Indianapolis. The injury left him with some numbness in his throwing arm, although Mariota said the injury is not related to the nerve issue in his elbow that cost him playing time in September.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold suited up for practice for the first time since injuring his right foot, but did not participate in team drills. Coach Todd Bowles says Darnold is progressing, but is uncertain to play Sunday against New England.
The Saints have activated returner and receiver Tommylee Lewis from injured reserve and ruled out left tackle Terron Armstead for Thursday's game against Atlanta because of his pectoral injury.
The Cardinals have waived veteran cornerback Jamar Taylor following an ugly home loss to Oakland. The team also waived defensive end Vontarrius Dora, re-signed cornerback David Amerson, and promoted cornerback Chris Jones and wide receiver Jalen Tolliver from the practice squad.
The Lions have signed free agent safety Don Carey and waived defensive end Eric Lee. Carey played in 84 games for the Lions from 2011-17. He signed with Jacksonville as a free agent this past offseason but has not played in a regular-season game this year for the Jaguars or anyone else.
Miami has dismissed leading receiver Jeff Thomas from the football team, a move that comes just three days before the Hurricanes play their regular-season finale.
Thomas led Miami with 35 catches and 563 receiving yards this season. The team Wednesday did not say specifically why Thomas was dismissed.
The NHL's hottest team possessed the league's worst record last season.
Evan Rodrigues had a goal and an assist while the Buffalo Sabres scored four times in the first period of their seventh straight win, 5-2 over Philadelphia. Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Johan Larsson also scored in the opening period for the Sabres, who own their longest winning streak since a 10-game run to open the 2006-07 season.
Carter Hutton made 23 saves in helping Buffalo improve to 14-6-2 through 22 games. The Sabres didn't pick up their 14th victory last season until Jan. 25.
Elsewhere on NHL ice:
Filip Forsberg's short-handed goal broke a 1-1 tie in the second period of the Predators' 4-1 verdict over the Blues. Ryan Ellis also had a short-handed goal as Nashville spoiled Craig Berube's first game as head coach of St. Louis.
Trevor van Riemsdyk and Justin Williams scored 22 seconds apart in the first period to set the tone in the Hurricanes' 5-2 win against the Leafs. Micheal Ferland scored his 11th of the season with 12:15 remaining, a power-play goal that put the Hurricanes ahead 3-1. Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves as Carolina snapped Toronto's four-game winning streak.
The Lightning rolled to a 7-3 win over the Panthers as Steven Stamkos furnished a goal and three assists. Nikita Kucherov and Ryan McDonagh each had a goal and two assists for Tampa Bay, which reclaimed the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Braden Holtby turned back 37 shots and Tom Wilson scored 54 seconds into the Capitals' third straight win, 4-2 over the Blackhawks. Andre Burakovsky, Michal Kempny and Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for Washington.
The Rangers beat the Islanders for the first time in nine tries as Alexandar Georgiev stopped 29 shots for his first career shutout in the Blueshirts' 5-0 win. Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Filip Chytil ran his goal streak to five games by tallying 29 seconds into the Rangers' seventh straight home win.
Sidney Crosby returned from an upper-body injury to pick up a goal and two assists in leading the Penguins past the Stars, 5-1. Casey DeSmith needed to make just 18 saves as Pittsburgh won for just the second time in its last 11 games.
The Golden Knights pulled out a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Max Pacioretty's goal 3:36 into overtime. Pacioretty scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 19 shots for Vegas.
Eric Staal and Matt Dumba each scored twice in the Wild's 6-4 win over the Senators. Staal notched his second of the night with 5:58 left as Minnesota stopped a two-game skid and won for the 12th time in 17 games.
Andreas Athanasiou tied it midway through the third period and scored 49 seconds into overtime to send the Red Wings past the Bruins, 3-2. Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi also scored in Detroit's ninth win in 11 games.
Pavel Zacha scored twice and the Devils stopped a two-game skid by whipping the Canadiens, 5-2. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist while New Jersey was scoring four straight to take a 5-1 lead in the second period.
Sam Bennett had the go-ahead goal while the Calgary Flames scored five times in the first period of a 6-3 victory over the Jets. The Flames became the fourth team in NHL history and first in nearly 30 years to score five or more goals in consecutive first periods, two nights after doing it against Vegas.
Power-play goals by Nathan McKinnon, Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson highlighted Colorado's 7-3 romp over the Kings. Alexander Kerfoot had three assists for the Avalanche, and Mikko Rantanen remained the league's scoring leader with two assists to increase his total to 34 points.
Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist in the Ducks' 4-3 victory against the Canucks. John Gibson stopped 25 shots for Anaheim, which had dropped three straight and 12 of 15.
Trocheck has ankle surgery:
Florida Panthers forward Vincent Trocheck has undergone surgery for a fractured right ankle suffered during Monday's game at Ottawa.
Panthers’ general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement Wednesday that the team is confident Trocheck will make a full recovery and be back on the ice this season.
The 25-year-old center is sixth on the team with 14 points in 18 games, scoring three goals and 11 assists with a team-high 26 penalty minutes.
The Cincinnati Reds have locked closer Raisel Iglesias into a three-year package that's guaranteed for just over $24 million.
Iglesias was eligible for salary arbitration this winter after recording a career-high 30 saves in 34 chances and a 2.38 ERA for the last-place Reds this year. He has 24 saves of more than one inning over the last three seasons, tops in the majors.
In other MLB news:
Outfielder Tim Locastro was acquired by the Yankees from the Dodgers for minor league right-hander Drew Finley and $75,000.
Marlins left-hander Dillon Peters has been traded to the Angels for minor league right-handed reliever Tyler Stevens.
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