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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have a six-game winning streak after J.R. Smith scored a season-high 27 points in a 125-99 rout of Minnesota. Kevin Love had 20 points, nine rebounds and four assists in his return to Minneapolis, while LeBron James delivered 13 points, 12 boards and eight assists. Iman Shumpert had 23 points and the Cavaliers outscored the Timberwolves 22-5 in transition to win for the 12th time in 14 games.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi (kah-WY') Leonard had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Spurs nipped the Knicks 100-99 to improve to 22-0 in San Antonio. LaMarcus Aldridge, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) each had 16 points for the Spurs, who picked up their seventh straight win overall and improved to 32-6. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS'-tahps pohr-ZIN'-gihs) had 27 points and 11 boards for the Knicks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Warriors are 34-2 after Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers and scored 36 points in a 128-108 pounding of Portland. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry contributed 26 points and nine assists in just three quarters, while Draymond Green chipped in 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in his eighth trouble-double of the season. The Warriors hit 18 treys, led by as many as 25 and coasted to their fifth straight win.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks picked up their sixth straight win and climbed within six points of the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars by scoring twice in the last five minutes of a 3-1 verdict over Buffalo. Phillip Danault snapped a 1-1 tie with 4:59 remaining before Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added an empty-netter. Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson (CHAHL'-mur-suhn) each had a goal and an assist, and Duncan Keith set up each of Chicago's late tallies.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shootout goals by Jakob Silfverberg and Ryan Getzlaf (GETS'-laf) pushed the Anaheim Ducks past St. Louis 4-3. Ryan Kesler tied the game in the third period with his second goal of the night before the Ducks won for the fifth time in seven games. Corey Perry also scored and Silfverberg had two assists for the winners.
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