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NBA round-up: LeBron James scores 42 points as Los Angeles Lakers beat San Antonio Spurs

Curry impresses for Warriors, George and Westbrook star for Thunder, Raptors secure statement win over 76ers

Thursday 6 December 2018 13:32, UK

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on December 5, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
Image: LeBron James inspired the Lakers to a fourth straight victory

LeBron James scored 42 points, including 14 consecutive points during a pivotal stretch in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angeles Lakers came from behind to beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

Wednesday night'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
  • Philadelphia 76ers 102-113 Toronto Raptors
  • Los Angeles Clippers 86-96 Memphis Grizzlies
  • Detroit Pistons 92-115 Milwaukee Bucks
  • Charlotte Hornets 104-121 Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Dallas Mavericks 106-132 New Orleans Pelicans
  • San Antonio Spurs 113-121 Los Angeles Lakers

San Antonio Spurs 113-121 Los Angeles Lakers

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Highlights from the NBA as San Antonio Spurs took on Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.

The game went back and forth throughout the fourth quarter and was tied at 104 before Lonzo Ball poured in a three-pointer to give Los Angeles a 107-104 lead with 2:36 to play.

With the Lakers up 112-109, James hit a three-pointer and a layup on Los Angeles' next two possessions, then a free throw with 20.8 seconds to play to close out the scoring.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on December 5, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.
Image: LeBron James jump shot was working smoothly against the Spurs

Kyle Kuzma added 22 points as the Lakers earned a fourth consecutive win.

DeMar DeRozan led the Spurs with 32 points while Rudy Gay scored a season-high 31 points. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 21 points for San Antonio, who have now lost four of their last five.

James made 15 of his 24 shot attempts from the field and also had six assists and five rebounds.

Golden State Warriors 129-105 Cleveland Cavaliers

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Highlights from the NBA as Golden State Warriors took on Cleveland Cavaliers at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Stephen Curry continued his impressive return from injury with a 42-point showing as the Golden State Warriors cruised to a 129-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Durant scored 15 of his 25 in the third quarter as Golden State surged from behind to overcome host Cleveland in a rematch of June's NBA Finals.

George Hill #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to block Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio
Image: Stephen Curry had 42 points for the Golden State Warriors

Curry, who missed almost a month of action with a groin injury, made nine of his 14 three-point attempts for the Warriors, who are still without fellow All-Star Draymond Green.

The Warriors, who swept the Cavaliers in the Finals to claim a second consecutive title, trailed 64-58 at half-time before exploding for 37 points in the third quarter, which created a nine-point lead.

Durant hit three shots from the beyond the arc in his personal flurry, while Curry also drained a trey as part of his big night that included 25 first-half points.

Philadelphia 76ers 102-113 Toronto Raptors

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Highlights from the NBA as Philadelphia 76ers took on Toronto Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena.

Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five steals to help the Toronto Raptors secure a victory over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.

In a matchup that was billed as a possible preview of the Eastern Conference Finals, Leonard produced another assertive performance and made five of his six three-point attempts.

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 5, 2018 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Image: Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors to another crucial home victory

Jimmy Butler went toe to toe with Leonard as he scored 38 points on 15-27 shooting and added 10 rebounds for the 76ers, but quiet scoring nights from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons saw Philadelphia come up short.

Toronto benefitted from Jonas Valanciunas expertise from the bench, as he added 26 points and eight rebounds in just 18 minutes, while Serge Ibaka had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Raptors, who have won nine of their past 10 games.

It was the 13th straight victory over the 76ers at home for the Raptors, including two this season. Toronto has won 20 of the past 22 games between the teams overall.

Oklahoma City Thunder 114-112 Brooklyn Nets

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Highlights from the NBA as Oklahoma City Thunder took on Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

Paul George hit the game-winning three-pointer with 3.1 seconds remaining and finished with a season-high 47 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off their biggest comeback in franchise history for a 114-112 road victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

Russell Westbrook added 21 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds to claim his 108th career triple-double, moving him past Jason Kidd for third place on the NBA's all-time list.

Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates the winning three point shot with Russell Westbrook #0 in the final seconds of the game defeating the Brooklyn Nets 114-112 during their game at the Barclays Center on December 5, 2018 in New York City.
Image: Paul George and Russell Westbrook both had memorable nights

George, who scored 25 points in the fourth quarter as Oklahoma City overturned what had been a 23-point deficit, recorded his ninth career 40-point game and fourth since joining the Thunder last summer.

He finished two points shy of his career high, shooting 10 of 12 in the fourth when the Thunder outscored the Nets 39-19 to win for the 16th time in 19 games since opening the season 0-4.

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Westbrook reached his 108th triple-double when the Thunder trailed by 17. He is 30 behind Magic Johnson for second place and 73 behind all-time leader Oscar Robertson's 181.

Allen Crabbe led the Nets with 22 points, but was scoreless in the final 12 minutes as Brooklyn's home losing streak and overall losing streak reached eight games.

Denver Nuggets 124-118 Orlando Magic

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Highlights from the NBA as Denver Nuggets took on Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.

Jamal Murray scored 31 points and handed out eight assists as the Denver Nuggets maintained their winning streak with an overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.

The Nuggets made it seven straight wins and maintained their position at the top of the Western Conference as they improved to 17-7 for the season.

Nikola Jokic added 12 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds for Denver, and Paul Millsap scored 18 points.

Evan Fournier had 26 points for Orlando but fouled out with two minutes left in overtime. Nikola Vucevic had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Gordon scored 19, and Terrence Ross finished with 17 as the Magic lost for the third time in five games.

Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets drives down the court against the Orlando Magic in the first half at Amway Center on December 05, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
Image: Jamal Murray led the Denver Nuggets with 31 points

There were 21 lead changes in the game that was tightly contested throughout, and neither team led by more than six points in the third and fourth quarters.

The Magic trailed by three points with just nine seconds remaining in regulation when they inbounded the ball to Ross, who drilled a three-pointer from the wing to send the game into overtime.

Denver then scored nine of the first 11 points of overtime and held on. The winning streak is the Nuggets' longest since December 2013.

Detroit Pistons 92-115 Milwaukee Bucks

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Highlights from the NBA as Detroit Pistons took on Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum.

Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points in 26 minutes as the Milwaukee Bucks produced a strong team performance to defeat the Detroit Pistons.

Five other Milwaukee players reached double figures as the Bucks improved to 12-2 at home.

MILWAUKEE, WI - DECEMBER 5:  Thon Maker #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons on December 5, 2018 at the Fiserv Forum Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images).
Image: Eric Bledsoe scored 27 points in just 26 minutes for the Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and Malcolm Brogdon tossed in 14 points. Tony Snell, Thon Maker and Sterling Brown contributed 11 points apiece for Milwaukee.

Blake Griffin carried the Pistons with 31 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Reggie Jackson supplied 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Andre Drummond chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.

Dallas Mavericks 106-132 New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 5: Darius Miller #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on December 5, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images) 1:15
Highlights from the NBA as Dallas Mavericks took on New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.

Julius Randle took advantage of a rare start with 27 points and 18 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans routed the Dallas Mavericks.

Anthony Davis, who left the game briefly in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, also scored 27.

However, it was Randle, who started in place of the unwell Nikola Mirotic for the second straight game, who backed up his career-high 37-point showing against the Los Angeles Clippers two nights earlier.

Julius Randle #30 of the New Orleans Pelicans dunks the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on December 5, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Image: Julius Randle is embracing his role in the Pelicans starting lineup

E'Twaun Moore and Jrue Holiday scored 17 each as New Orleans had six scorers in double figures. Darius Miller had 12 and Cheick Diallo 10 as the Pelicans won for just the third time in their last nine games.

Jeremy Lamb and Nicolas Batum led the Hornets with 18 points each, as Kemba Walker had an off shooting night with just 15 points on 6-16.

Los Angeles Clippers 86-96 Memphis Grizzlies

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Highlights from the NBA as LA Clippers took on Memphis Grizzlies at the FedExForum.

Mike Conley scored 22 points as the Memphis Grizzlies built a big early lead and held on for a victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.

JaMychal Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Grizzlies, who had lost four of their last five.

Conley, who fouled out when the Clippers rallied for an overtime victory when the teams met two weeks ago, added seven rebounds and went 9-16 from the field.

Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies handles the ball against the LA Clippers on December 5, 2018 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Image: Mike Conley's 22 points helped get the Grizzlies a much-needed win

Boban Marjanovic scored 19 points off the bench as the Clippers erased a 16-point, first-half deficit to lead in the third quarter, only to let the chance at a road victory slip away.

The Clippers entered with five victories in their previous six games, but got very limited production from Eastern Conference player of the month Tobias Harris, who had just seven points on 2-13 shooting.

Charlotte Hornets 104-121 Minnesota Timberwolves

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Highlights from the NBA as Charlotte Hornets took on Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves exploded in the fourth quarter to secure victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets.

Towns led a 22-2 Minnesota surge after the Hornets took a 96-93 lead into the final eight minutes. The center scored seven in a 10-0 run as the Timberwolves gained control, and then teamed up with Robert Covington to turn the game into a blowout.

Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on December 5, 2018 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Image: Karl-Anthony Towns was dominant against the Charlotte Hornets

Andrew Wiggins had a strong all-round game with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Derrick Rose chipped in with 16 points from the bench.

The Timberwolves (13-12) are now over the .500 mark for the first time all season. They are 9-3 since the trade that brought Covington and Dario Saric from Philadelphia for Jimmy Butler.

Washington Wizards 131-117 Atlanta Hawks

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Highlights from the NBA as Washington Wizards took on Atlanta Hawks at the Philips Arena.

Bradley Beal shone in the absence of his fellow All-Star guard John Wall to score 36 points as the Washington Wizards eased to victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

With Wall absent for personal reasons, Beal carried the offensive load as he went 12-22 from the field and also handed out nine assists.

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against the Atlanta Hawks on December 5, 2018 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
Image: Bradley Beal shouldered extra responsibility in the absence of John Wall

The win was the third straight for Washington, while Atlanta lost for the fourth time in a row.

Wall's replacement in the starting lineup, Austin Rivers, chipped in with nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists, while Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points.

John Collins led the Hawks with 26 points and 14 rebounds.

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