Cavaliers stay unbeaten with 128-122 win over Celtics

Nov 3, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) and center Tyler Zeller (44) during the second quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James scored a season-high 30 points and the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers stayed undefeated, beating the Boston Celtics128-122 on Thursday night.

James moved within two points of passing Hakeem Olajuwon for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Olajuwon had 26,946 points, a total James will likely surpass Saturday night in Philadelphia.

The Cavaliers are 5-0 for the first time since 1976-77 when they started 8-0.

Kevin Love scored 26 points, also a season high, while Kyrie Irving added 23 for the Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson recorded a double-double in the first half, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and Avery Bradley had 26 for the Celtics, who played without two starters, center Al Horford (concussion) and forward Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle).

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Nuggets hold on for 102-99 win over Timberwolves

Nov 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots the ball over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn (3) in the second half at Target Center. The Nuggets won 102-99. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots the ball over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kris Dunn (3) in the second half at Target Center. The Nuggets won 102-99. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic added 18 to help the Denver Nuggets outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 102-99 victory on Thursday night.

Wilson Chandler added 19 points to lead an impressive performance by Denver’s second unit to erase a 15-point second-quarter deficit. The Nuggets outscored Minnesota 45-23 off the bench and shot 48 percent for their second win of the season.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 32 points and 14 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 25 for the Timberwolves, who gave away a lead of at least 15 points for the third time in four games this season. Nemanja Bjelica scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, but his 3-pointer at the buzzer went in and out.

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Antetokounmpo, Parker lead Bucks to 125-107 win over Pacers

Nov 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague (44) battle for a rebound in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Indiana Pacers guard Jeff Teague (44) battle for a rebound in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker each had 27 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the Indiana Pacers 125-107 on Thursday night.

Paul George scored 23 points, reserve C.J. Miles added 19, Jeff Teague had 16 and Myles Turner 15, but it wasn’t enough as the Pacers slipped to 0-3 on the road.

When Parker hit from in close and then from beyond the arc to open the fourth quarter, it looked like the Bucks would coast to their third win of the season.

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Magic hold off Kings in return home

Nov 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a shot in the second half as Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) defends at Amway Center. Orlando Magic won 102-94. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a shot in the second half as Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) defends at Amway Center. Orlando Magic won 102-94. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Fournier scored 29 points and Serge Ibaka added 17 to lead the Orlando Magic to a 102-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.

In one of their better offensive games this season, the Magic had five players score in double figures with Aaron Gordon contributing a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while reserve Jeff Green scored 15 points. The Magic (2-3) won back-to-back games for the first time this season as they returned home from a three-game trip.

DeMarcus Cousins led all scorers with 33 points, while Rudy Gay added 16 for the Kings (2-4), who have lost three straight on their current five-game road swing.

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KD Show: Durant goes off against old Oklahoma City team

November 3, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 3, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles between Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant matched his career high with seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points, coolly knocking down long jumpers while thoroughly embarrassing Russell Westbrook and his old Oklahoma City team in Golden State’s 122-96 rout of the Thunder on Thursday night.

This rematch of the Western Conference Finals won by the Warriors in seven games quickly turned into the KD show at sold-out Oracle Arena, where OKC (4-1) took its first loss to leave LeBron James and the champion Cavaliers as the league’s lone unbeaten team.

So much for this one being just like any other game for Durant. Even he knew it would certainly mean more once the ball was tipped, a matchup circled on calendars everywhere from the moment he joined the Warriors in July.

Westbrook was held to 20 points — yes, that’s right — after coming in as the NBA’s leading scorer averaging 37.8 points.

Stephen Curry added 21 points and seven assists while Klay Thompson emerged from his 3-point funk to make four from long range on the way to 18 points in the Warriors’ fourth straight win.

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