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NBA roundup: recap, scores, notes for every game played on December 24

By The Sports Xchange  
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James stands in the center when the team gets together after introductions at Madison Square Garden, November, 2015. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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CLEVELAND -- The Golden State Warriors still can't close out Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Irving's turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left gave the Cavs a thrilling 109-108 victory Sunday in an NBA Finals rematch after Cleveland trailed by 14 earlier in the fourth quarter.
The Warriors led most of the game and extended their lead to 94-80 with LeBron James resting on the bench early in the fourth. But James' rim-rattling dunk with 1:43 left gave the Cavs a 105-103 lead -- their first since early in the first quarter -- and Irving finished off the stunning comeback with a turnaround jumper. It was reminiscent of his championship-winning 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 last June when Cleveland became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State.
They did it again Sunday.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook had 32 points and 15 assists to lead Oklahoma City to a victory over Minnesota at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Westbrook made 11 of 25 shots from the field and grabbed seven rebounds as the Thunder improved to 19-12 this season and 5-2 on Christmas Day.
Steven Adams added 22 points and Enes Kanter came off the bench to drop 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor.
SAN ANTONIO -- LaMarcus Aldridge hit his first 11 shots from the floor on the way to a season-high 33 points in leading San Antonio to a wild victory over Chicago at the AT&T Center as part of the NBA's Christmas Day extravaganza.
Kawhi Leonard added 25 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Spurs (25-4), who won for the first time on Christmas since 2008 and improved to 5-6 all time on the holiday.
San Antonio, which won seven of its past eight games, built a 20-point first-quarter lead but gave it all back and more by midway through the third quarter, when it trailed 70-67. The Spurs then blew past the Bulls in the final 16 minutes, running away at the end.
NEW YORK -- Marcus Smart hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 47.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as Boston blew a 13-point lead before escaping Madison Square Garden with a Christmas Day victory over New York.
The Celtics seemingly had their fifth win in six games secure when they held leads of 109-96 with 4:58 remaining and 112-104 with two minutes. They wound up needing Smart's clutch shot because the Knicks ripped off eight straight points and forged a 112-112 deadlock with 66 seconds left on a baseline layup.
Carmelo Anthony's hoop forced the Celtics to call their final full timeout and coming out of the stoppage, Jae Crowder was guarded by Kristaps Porzingis on the inbounds pass. Three other players touched the ball before it wound up in Smart's hands on the left side near the Boston bench.
LOS ANGELES -- Timofey Mozgov and Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers defeated the Clippers.
The Lakers' victory broke an 11-game losing streak against the short-handed Clippers, who were missing Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and lost J.J. Redick to injury during the game. The win also snapped an overall four-game losing streak for the Lakers.
The Lakers shot 47.6 percent (40-84) from the field and used a balanced attack for the victory. Seven Lakers reached double figures in scoring, including Luol Deng, who registered 13 points and 12 rebounds.

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