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Orlando Magic  at  Cleveland Cavaliers
Final  – January 18, 2018
104

Cavaliers defeat Magic, 104-103

By Joel Bartilotta

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Orlando Magic, 104-103, at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. Cleveland looked to be in control for the majority of this game, but Orlando actually fought back to make it a close game. In fact, Orlando overcame a 20-point halftime deficit to take their one and only lead in the final two minutes. Cleveland was still able to prevail though, as Isaiah Thomas hit two big free throws late to take the lead. Orlando dominated the stat sheet, as they won the field goal percentage, assists, steals, blocks and turnover differentials. Points off turnovers was Cleveland's only big advantage, as they won that battle, 28-17. The Magic (13-32) were led by Elfrid Payton, as he tallied 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Aaron Gordon finished with 17 points. 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals. Evan Fournier amassed 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Cavaliers (27-17) were led by Isaiah Thomas, as he accrued 21 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. LeBron James collected 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. Kevin Love totaled 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 9:51 PM ET      Updated on January 18, 2018 at 10:24 PM ET

By Joel Bartilotta

Despite the fact that Cleveland led for all but one minute, this game came down to the final shot. In fact, Orlando's only lead came in the final two minutes, as the Magic overcame a 20-point halftime deficit to only lose by one. Orlando dominated the stat sheet, as they won the field goal percentage, assists, steals, blocks and turnover differentials. Cleveland's only big advantage came through points off turnovers, as they won that battle, 28-17. Elfrid Payton led Orlando with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Aaron Gordon totaled 17 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Evan Fournier finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Isaiah Thomas led Cleveland with 21 points, three rebounds, four assists and two steals. LeBron James finished with 16 points, five rebounds and six assists. Kevin Love accrued 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 10:07 PM ET

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Philadelphia 76ers  at  Boston Celtics
Final  – January 18, 2018
80

Sixers Stifle Kyrie-less Celtics, 89-80

By Juan Carlos Blanco

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics, 89-80, at TD Garden on Thursday evening. Chants of "MVP" have become customary in various cities around the NBA when certain star players are on the floor. There may be no more appropriate locale for that chorus than in Beantown, where the Celtics (34-12) looked completely out of sorts on the offensive end Thursday without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder), who was ruled out for the contest earlier in the day. Boston played a competitive first quarter before mustering just 13 points in the second, leading to a 39-32 halftime deficit. Their defense then betrayed them to an extent in the third, during which the Sixers (21-20) generated 32 points to extend their advantage to 71-53. While the home squad did manage a nice surge late in the fourth quarter, some costly misses by the likes of Shane Larkin and Al Horford in the latter half of the period left them just a bit short in their comeback bid. Despite a modest point total, Philadelphia was able to post a solid 46.6 percent success rate from the field and overcome 22 total turnovers. Joel Embiid undeniably served as the offensive linchpin for the visitors, as he turned in a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double that also included six assists, two blocks and one steal. Dario Saric managed 16 points, six boards, two assists and three steals. T.J. McConnell was productive off the bench once again with 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Ben Simmons tallied eight points, seven boards, four assists and one steal. Robert Covington registered five points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Jerryd Bayless drew the start for J.J. Redick (leg) and supplied four points, two rebounds and two assists. Al Horford and Marcus Morris paced the Celtics with matching 14-point efforts off the first unit and bench, respectively. Horford added three rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal, while Morris provided six boards and one assist. Marcus Smart fought through an illness to offer 13 points, five rebounds and one assist. Jaylen Brown generated 12 points, four assists, three rebounds and one steal. Jayson Tatum posted 11 points, four boards, two steals and two blocks. Arron Baynes drew the start at center and totaled two points, four rebounds and one block. The Sixers head back home and await a visit from the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, while the Celtics remain home to tangle with the Orlando Magic on Sunday afternoon.

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 9:54 PM ET      Updated on January 18, 2018 at 9:59 PM ET

By Juan Carlos Blanco

Taking the floor without Kyrie Irving (shoulder), Boston played a competitive first quarter before mustering just 13 points in the second, leading to a 39-32 halftime deficit. The Sixers then generated 32 points in the third to extend their advantage to 71-53 before withstanding a late Celtics surge to notch the road win. Despite a modest point total, Philadelphia was able to post a solid 46.6 percent success rate from the field and overcome 22 total turnovers. Joel Embiid led the Sixers with a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double that also included six assists, two blocks and one steal. Dario Saric managed 16 points, six boards, two assists and three steals. T.J. McConnell's contributions included 15 points, two rebounds and two assists. Ben Simmons tallied eight points, seven boards, four assists and one steal. Robert Covington and Jerryd Bayless, who drew the start for J.J. Redick (leg), supplied just five and four points, respectively. Al Horford and Marcus Morris paced the Celtics with matching 14-point efforts off the first unit and bench, respectively. Marcus Smart fought through an illness to offer 13 points, five rebounds and one assist. Jaylen Brown's line included 12 points, four assists and three rebounds. Jayson Tatum posted 11 points, four boards, two steals and two blocks.

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 9:58 PM ET

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Minnesota Timberwolves  at  Houston Rockets
Final  – January 18, 2018
116

Rockets Run Timberwolves Out Of Houston

By Nick Brazzoni  

The Houston Rockets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-98 on Thursday at Toyota Center. While James Harden's return from a hamstring injury didn't go as smoothly as planned for the All-Star guard, the Rockets' supporting cast did more than enough to carry the team to victory. Mainly, Eric Gordon was unstoppable from the perimeter, hitting 7-of-13 shots from behind the arc en route to scoring a game-high 30 points in 35 minutes off the bench. Four other Rockets managed to score in double figures, including Clint Capela, who scored 20 points in 26 minutes. Harden, meanwhile, shot just 3-of-15 from the field and scored just 10 points in 26 minutes in what was his first start after a seven-game absence. In the end, it was business as usual for the Rockets on the offensive side of the ball, as they hit a scorching 43.6 percent from behind the arc. The Timberwolves (29-18) were unable to have the same offensive success Thursday night, and their record away from home dropped to 11-12. Jimmy Butler led the way scoring with a team-high 23 points, while Karl-Anthony Towns recorded yet another double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Only two other Minnesota players managed to score in double figures, with Andrew Wiggins adding 16 points on just 5-of-12 shooting from the field and Tyus Jones adding another 13 off the bench. Up next, the Rockets will remain home Saturday to take on the Warriors again, while the Timberwolves will look to end their two-game slide on Saturday against the Raptors.

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:23 AM ET

By Nick Brazzoni  

With the return of James Harden from his hamstring strain, shooting guard Eric Gordon was sent back to his regular role off the bench. Yet, even with the switch, Gordon still managed to be the game's leading scorer Thursday night. Gordon shot 7-of-13 from behind the arc and 11-of-19 from the field overall en route to scoring 30 points in 35 minutes. It is the third time in eight games this month that Gordon has scored 30 points, and it was his fourth game this season with at least 30 points. In those four games, the Rockets are 3-1. Gordon's contributions off the bench, especially performances like Thursday's, are helping the shooting guard have his best statistical season since 2010, which was his final season with the Clippers, and he only appeared in 56 games that year.

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:41 AM ET

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Indiana Pacers  at  Portland Trail Blazers
Final  – January 18, 2018
100

Lillard Leads Trail Blazers

By Dan Bruno  

The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Indiana Pacers, 100-86, at Moda Center on Thursday evening. The Blazers got out to a good start at home, with a 20-10 lead halfway through the first quarter, but the Pacers were able claw back and make it a one-point game heading into the second quarter. It stayed tight for most of the second quarter, with the game tied at 47 with a minute left, before the Trail Blazers pulled ahead by five with a couple quick buckets before the half. The Pacers made a push in the third quarter, taking a five-point lead before beginning the fourth tied at 74. However, they came unraveled in the fourth as the Trail Blazers outscored the Pacers 26-12 in the final frame to secure the win. Damian Lillard was the high-point man for the Trail Blazers, with 26 points on 8-of-21 shooting, along with eight assists, five rebounds and one block, in 39 minutes. Jusuf Nurkic had a solid outing, with 19 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, in 31 minutes, while C.J. McCollum added 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting. The Blazers shot 39 percent from the field, including 10-of-32 from long range. Meanwhile, Victor Oladipo and Darren Collison tallied 23 points each for the Pacers. Domantas Sabonis added nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block, while Thaddeus Young finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Pacers shot 40 percent from the field, including 7-of-26 shooting. The Pacers (24-21) will be right back in action as they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles on Friday. The Trail Blazers (24-21) play host to the Mavericks on Saturday.

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:39 AM ET      Updated on January 19, 2018 at 3:04 AM ET

By Dan Bruno  

Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers, with 26 points on 8-of-21 shooting, along with eight assists, five rebounds and one block, in 39 minutes. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks, in 31 minutes, while C.J. McCollum added 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting, three rebounds, two assists and one steal, in 36 minutes. Shabazz Napier added 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks, in 28 minutes. Meanwhile, Victor Oladipo finished with 23 points on 9-of-25 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks, in 35 minutes. Darren Collison tallied 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, three assists and one steal, in 35 minutes. . Domantas Sabonis added nine points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block, while Thaddeus Young finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:45 AM ET