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NBA: Randle, Brunson help lift Knicks over Suns

NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle had 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New York Knicks to a 102-83 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday, Jan.2, in New York.

Jalen Brunson, who returned after missing three games with a sore right hip, scored 24 points. Immanuel Quickley scored 15 points, Quentin Grimes had 12 and Mitchell Robinson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks.

Deandre Ayton led Phoenix with 12 points. Chris Paul had 11 and Mikal Bridges added 10.

Phoenix Suns forward Josh Okogie (2) drives to the basket against New York Knicks center Jericho Sims (45), guard Jalen Brunson, second from right, and center Isaiah Hartenstein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Okogie (2) drives to the basket against New York Knicks center Jericho Sims (45), guard Jalen Brunson, second from right, and center Isaiah Hartenstein, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Jessie Alcheh)

The Suns, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games, scored the first four points of the game. The Knicks followed with the next 14 and led the rest of the way.

Monday’s win snapped a three-game home losing streak.

NETS 139, SPURS 103
NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving made his first seven shots, sparked a big bench celebration with a one-handed follow slam after he finally missed and scored 27 points as Brooklyn earned a 12th straight victory.

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) passes away from San Antonio Spurs' Zach Collins and Malaki Branham during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving (11) passes away from San Antonio Spurs’ Zach Collins and Malaki Branham during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Kevin Durant added 25 points and 11 assists for the Nets (25-12), who have ridden the longest winning in the NBA this season to within a game of Boston for the best record in the league. Brooklyn has won 16 of its last 17 games.

Irving shot 11 for 14, Durant was 10 for 14 and neither played in the fourth quarter for the Nets, who are 23-7 under Jacque Vaughn. T.J. Warren finished with 18 points and Brooklyn shot 62% from the field.

Keldon Johnson scored 22 points for the Spurs.

76ERS 120, PELICANS 111
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 42 points and 11 rebounds, James Harden scored 27 and Philadelphia beat a New Orleans team that lost Zion Williamson to a strained right hamstring.

Williamson scored 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting through three quarters before he left for the locker room in the fourth. Williamson pulled up on a fastbreak and handed off the ball late in the third. Williamson, averaging 26 points, gingerly ran to the corner and lingered on the court for a bit before he was lifted from the game.

CJ McCollum scored 26 points for the Pelicans.

PACERS 122, RAPTORS 114
INDIANAPOLIS — Bennedict Mathurin scored 21 points and Buddy Hield added 19 to lead Indiana to their fourth consecutive victory.

Myles Turner had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrese Haliburton added 16 points and eight assists for the Pacers. T.J. McConnell scored 15 off the bench.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 32 points and Pascal Siakam had 26 for Toronto. Scottie Barnes added 23.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) passes against Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) passes against Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CAVALIERS 145, BULLS 134, OT
CLEVELAND — Donovan Mitchell set a Cleveland record with 71 points, the most by an NBA player in 17 years, and the Cavaliers rallied from 21 down to beat Chicago in overtime.

Mitchell forced OT by grabbing his own intentionally missed free throw and making a circus-shot with 3 seconds left, tying the game at 130.

Jarrett Allen added 21 points for the Cavs and Cedi Osman scored 19.

DeMar DeRozan scored 44 points, Zach LeVine had 26 points and Nikola Vucevic added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Chicago, which did not trail in regulation.

MAVERICKS 111, ROCKETS 106
HOUSTON — Luka Doncic had 39 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Dallas rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to beat Houston for the Mavericks’ seventh straight win.

Doncic scored 29 of his points in the second half to lead the comeback. Doncic has scored at least 32 points in each of the last six games, including three 50-point games during that span.

Christian Wood added 21 points, and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for Dallas, which has their longest winning streak since the 2010-11 season.

Kevin Porter Jr. had 25 points, Jalen Green added 20 points and Eric Gordon scored 19 points for the Rockets, who lost their fourth straight and seventh straight at home.

TIMBERWOLVES 124, NUGGETS 111
MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards scored 29 points, including 15 in the third quarter, to help Minnesota withstand a push by Denver.

Jaden McDaniels had 21 points and Kyle Anderson added 19 for Minnesota, which snapped a six-game losing streak and won its fourth in a row against Denver.

Nikola Jokic finished with 24 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for the Nuggets, and Jamal Murray added 14 points after a scoreless first-half. Bones Hyland added 18 points off the bench, but Denver was undone by its sluggish start on the second game of a back-to-back following Sunday’s home win against Boston.

The Nuggets had won 10 of their previous 12 games.

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