CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 24 points, Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left and the Cleveland Cavaliers began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Miami Heat 91-89 on Wednesday night.

The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss at Detroit in which they gave up 125 points to the undermanned Pistons, as they prevented the Heat from overtaking them for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Cleveland played its first game since Love broke his left hand against Detroit. The five-time All-Star is consulting with surgeons in New York, and it’s possible he’ll undergo an operation as early as Thursday. Love, who could miss two months, already has screws in the hand from a previous procedure after he broke it in 2009 with Minnesota.

HORNETS 123, HAWKS 110: Kemba Walker sank a career-high nine 3-pointers and scored 38 points, leading Charlotte to a win in Atlanta.

Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds in his first return to Atlanta after his one season with his hometown Hawks.

NETS 116, 76ERS 108: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points, D’Angelo Russell added 22 in his best performance since returning from knee surgery, and Brooklyn snapped a four-game skid with a victory at home.


Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers, who dropped their third straight and fell back to .500 at 24-24. J.J. Redick returned to the lineup after missing seven games because of an injured left fibula and scored 20 points.

PACERS 105, GRIZZLIES 101: Myles Turner had 15 points and 11 rebounds and hit the go-ahead free throws with 34 seconds left as Indiana got its third straight win, in Indianapolis.

MAGIC 127, LAKERS 105: Marreese Speights scored 21 points in his second start of the season, Evan Fournier added 19 and Orlando ran away from visiting Los Angeles.

The Magic made a franchise-record nine 3-pointers in a 43-point third quarter.


KNICKS: Reserve guard Ron Baker will be out indefinitely because of a right shoulder injury.


FORMER NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his Range Rover jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and flipped over twice.

Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Butler for eight NBA teams during his 13-year career.

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