LeBron scores 42 points for streaking Lakers, Raptors down 76ers

By Sports Desk December 06, 2018

LeBron James led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak by outlasting the San Antonio Spurs, while Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors were too good for Jimmy Butler's Philadelphia 76ers.

James scored 19 of his 42 points in the final quarter of the Lakers' 121-113 victory over the Spurs in NBA action on Wednesday.

The four-time MVP also had six assists and five rebounds as the Lakers celebrated their fourth successive win.

Butler's 38 points were not enough for the 76ers, who were outclassed by the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors 113-102 in Toronto.

Butler had his best game as a 76er since arriving from the Minnesota Timberwolves on 15-of-27 shooting, while JJ Redick chipped in 25 points.

Leonard led the way for Toronto, scoring 36 points that were accompanied by nine rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas had a surprising offensive performance as he poured in 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting.


Curry inspires Warriors, George ignites Thunder

Stephen Curry scored 42 points and hit nine three-pointers in the Golden State Warriors' 129-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paul George scored a franchise-record 25 fourth-quarter points for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 114-112 comeback win against the Brooklyn Nets. George scored 47 points total on 15-of-27 shooting and grabbed 15 boards as well.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points and made four of his five three-point attempts in the Timberwolves' 121-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds in the New Orleans Pelicans' 132-106 win against the Dallas Mavericks.


Embiid struggles on the road

Joel Embiid recorded a double-double in the 76ers' loss to the Raptors, but only scored 10 points on five-of-17 shooting, which made for an underwhelming night in huge game.

Maxi Kleber scored five points on two-of-12 shooting in the Mavericks' defeat.


Giannis dunks on Griffin

The Milwaukee Bucks improved to 4-0 in their division by beating the Detroit Pistons, and Giannis Antetokounmpo put Blake Griffin on a poster along the way.


Wednesday's results

Golden State Warriors 129-105 Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets 124-118 Orlando Magic
Washington Wizards 131-117 Atlanta Hawks
Oklahoma City Thunder 114-112 Brooklyn Nets
Memphis Grizzlies 96-86 Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks 115-92 Detroit Pistons
Minnesota Timberwolves 121-104 Charlotte Hornets
New Orleans Pelicans 132-106 Dallas Mavericks
Toronto Raptors 113-102 Philadelphia 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers 121-113 San Antonio Spurs


Rockets at Jazz

Houston have lost three of their last five games, and the Rockets have been struggling with their depth. Fortunately for the Rockets, they expect to get Brandon Knight back soon to help their backcourt woes. Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz are coming off their most dominant win of the year after defeating San Antonio on Tuesday. James Harden and Chris Paul should have an interesting battle with Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell, but it is not all about the guards. Clint Capela and Rudy Gobert will each be trying to assert their dominance in the paint, so it should make for some fun basketball.

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    LeBron James praised John Wall after the Washington point guard "dictated the game" in the Wizards' 128-110 victory over a weary and weakened Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

    Wall scored 40 points and also provided 14 assists to help the Wizards - who were without Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers ahead of an impending trade that will see Trevor Ariza join the team - snap a four-game losing streak in impressive fashion.

    James, in contrast, struggled, managing a season-low 13 points as he sat out the fourth quarter just a day after registering a triple-double in a victory over the Charlotte Hornets.

    The four-time MVP admitted the Lakers lacked energy following their exertions on Saturday, while they were not helped by JaVale McGee being a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms.

    "He [Wall] dictated the game - he had energy and we didn't," James told the media. "He kept us on our heels. That's what he is, a one-man fast-break.

    "He's seen a few lay-ups in transition [go in] and then got his jump shot going and you're not going to stop him then.

    "We are a team that is built on energy and depth – we didn't have either tonight."

    Still, despite the heavy defeat in Washington, James feels the Lakers are on the right track as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

    "We've got better every week since the season started. If we continue to do that, when April gets here, we'll get to where we want to be. I like the direction we're heading in," he said.

    The Lakers end a four-game road trip - they lost at Houston before their victory in Charlotte - with a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

    James added: "We're a good team. Tonight is one of those incidents where we didn't play well.

    "We've got a lot of our big-money guys – I don't mean pay cheques, I mean just big-time players, that are not playing due to injury or sickness.

    "I don't put too much into this game. I look forward to how we see out this road trip, see if we can go .500 on Tuesday."

  • Depleted Nuggets complete season sweep of Raptors Depleted Nuggets complete season sweep of Raptors

    The Denver Nuggets trumped the Toronto Raptors 95-86 in the matchup of the NBA's conference leaders on Sunday.

    Despite a roster ravaged by injuries, the Western Conference-leading Nuggets completed a season sweep of east pacesetters the Raptors, who were also missing key players.

    The Nuggets (20-9) – without Will Barton, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap – trailed 70-57 in the third quarter before going on a 23-2 run to secure their 10th win in 12 games, maintaining a slim lead over the Golden State Warriors in the west.

    Nikola Jokic had a team-high 26 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He also grabbed nine boards and dished out four assists.

    Nuggets team-mate Jamal Murray was quiet for most of the game, but he came on strong when his number was called in the fourth quarter. He finished with 19 points.

    The Raptors (23-9) – who were without Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Jonas Valanciunas – were led by Kawhi Leonard's 29 points and 14 rebounds.


    Nets stay hot thanks to Russell

    D'Angelo Russell scored 32 points on 13-of-19 shooting to help the Brooklyn Nets pick up a 144-127 victory against the Atlanta Hawks, extending their winning streak to five games.

    Ben Simmons did not record a single turnover en route to his 15th career triple-double in the Philadelphia 76ers' 128-105 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had 22 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

    John Wall scored 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting and racked up 14 assists as the Washington Wizards beat the Los Angeles Lakers 128-110.


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    Rodney McGruder was held scoreless on 0-of-six shooting in the Miami Heat's 102-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Trey Burke scored three points on one-of-seven shooting in the New York Knicks' 110-99 loss to the Indiana Pacers.


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    Sunday's results

    Brooklyn Nets 144-127 Atlanta Hawks
    Philadelphia 76ers 128-105 Cleveland Cavaliers
    Indiana Pacers 110-99 New York Knicks
    Washington Wizards 128-110 Los Angeles Lakers
    Miami Heat 102-96 New Orleans Pelicans
    Sacramento Kings 120-113 Dallas Mavericks
    Denver Nuggets 95-86 Toronto Raptors


    Bucks at Pistons

    The Detroit Pistons have been up and down all season. The Pistons made a 4-0 start, but have dropped off considerably since then. Detroit have definitely felt the impact of multiple injuries, but they managed to beat the Boston Celtics 113-104 on Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, but the duo of Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond in the middle may pose a serious threat to the Bucks. 

  • Sixers star Simmons makes history with triple-double Sixers star Simmons makes history with triple-double

    Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons moved back into the conversation with Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson after his record-breaking performance in the NBA.

    Simmons posted a triple-double, finishing with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the 76ers to a 128-105 win away to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

    It was Simmons' 15th career triple-double in his 111th game, joining Robertson as the only two NBA players to ever post at least 15 triple-doubles in that few games.

    "Honestly, just come in and win," Simmons – who only trails Wild Chamberlain's 62 for triple-doubles in franchise history – told NBC of the mentality coming into the matchup.

    "Playing aggressive, sticking with our defence, and, offensively, run through our stuff."

    "I just like to play the game the right way," Simmons said. "You know: find my team-mates if they're open, hit them; if I can get an easy bucket, get it; just trying to play the game the right way."

    Simmons' third triple-double of the season came with no turnovers as the 22-year-old became the youngest player in NBA history with more than 20 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and zero turnovers in a game.

    "Wow. I'm happy," Simmons added when told about his zero turnovers. "I didn't know that, but I'm happy."

    Jimmy Butler returned from a groin injury to help the 76ers snap a two-game skid and the four-time All-Star praised Simmons.

    "Ben is doing what he always does for us, passing the ball," Butler said. "When he's playing like that, the game is really easy for everybody."

    Of Butler – who recorded 19 points after missing back-to-back games – Simmons added: "Having Jimmy back helped because we had multiple guys that could put it away.

    "I just do what I can offensively and help find guys who are scoring. Numbers are numbers. Obviously, stat-wise, it looks good."

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