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Lakers' LeBron & Bucks star Giannis dominate, Spurs stop skid

By Sports Desk November 23, 2019

LeBron James posted 30 points as the Los Angeles Lakers edged the Memphis Grizzlies, while Giannis Antetokounmpo inspired the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA.

James scored on a driving layup with less than two minutes remaining to lead the Lakers past the Grizzlies 109-108 in Memphis on Saturday.

Anthony Davis added 22 points as the high-flying Lakers (14-2) extended their winning streak to seven games.

The Grizzlies (5-10) were led by rookie Ja Morant's 26 points, while Jae Crowder had 21 of his own.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo and his double-double fuelled the Bucks' 104-90 win against the Detroit Pistons.

Antetokounmpo finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th consecutive double-double.

The Bucks star became the first player to open the season with 16 straight double-doubles since Moses Malone in 1981.

 

Aldridge helps end slump

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs snapped an eight-game losing streak by topping the New York Knicks 111-104.

Josh Richardson scored 32 points and Joel Embiid contributed 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers, who crushed the Miami Heat 113-86.

A 34-point haul from Pascal Siakam helped the Toronto Raptors to a 119-116 win at the Atlanta Hawks.

Donovan Mitchell's 37 points keyed the Utah Jazz's 128-120 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans, who were led by Brandon Ingram's 33 points.

 

Butler endures rough return to Philly

It was a tough night for Jimmy Butler. Back in Philadelphia following his trade to the Heat in the offseason, the former 76ers star – who was booed every time he touched the ball – managed just 11 points. Butler missed nine of 13 field goal attempts as he sat out the entire fourth quarter.

 

LaVine completes incredible comeback

Zach LaVine had a franchise-record 13 three-pointers, including this game-winning three with 0.8 seconds remaining. LaVine finished with a career-high 49 points as the Chicago Bulls stunned the Charlotte Hornets 116-115.

 

Saturday's results

Phoenix Suns 100-98 Minnesota Timberwolves
Chicago Bulls 116-115 Charlotte Hornets
Indiana Pacers 111-106 Orlando Magic
Philadelphia 76ers 113-86 Miami Heat
San Antonio Spurs 111-104 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 119-116 Atlanta Hawks
Cleveland Cavaliers 110-104 Portland Trail Blazers
Los Angeles Lakers 109-108 Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks 104-90 Detroit Pistons
Utah Jazz 128-120 New Orleans Pelicans

 

Mavericks at Rockets

The Dallas Mavericks make their way to the Houston Rockets for the Texas showdown on the back of four straight wins – led by star guard Luka Doncic. The Rockets are coming off back-to-back losses.

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    Powell went down in agony late in the first quarter at American Airlines Center and had to be helped back to the locker room.

    The center will undergo an MRI scan on Wednesday and the Mavericks are fearing the worst, having only just welcomed Kristaps Porzingis back from a knee injury.

    "It's a sombre night with Dwight's situation," Carlisle said. "He's going to have an MRI.

    "Right Achilles injury feared to be severe, but we won't know for sure until the diagnostic tests are done. It's a real tough one."

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    "So, Dwight will get back there. But we don't know yet."

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    Kawhi Leonard admitted the Los Angeles Clippers had to focus on slowing down the red-hot Luka Doncic in their 110-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

    The Clippers won their fourth straight game on Tuesday as they overcame the Mavs to improve to 31-13, the second-best record in the Western Conference.

    Leonard, the NBA Finals MVP last season with the Toronto Raptors, had 36 points and 11 rebounds but it was his and the Clippers' defensive effort against Doncic that was a key part of their gameplan.

    Although Doncic flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, the Clippers were able to prevail.

    "Obviously it starts with Luka," Leonard told reporters.

    "He's been playing amazing, getting everyone involved, getting to his spots, making shots and we just wanted to make it hard for him, show hands.

    "He's great. We just kept pushing. That's pretty much the key. Just make sure [Kristaps] Porzingis doesn't get any easy looks. Tim Hardaway Jr., he's playing well too, shooting the ball very well.


    "Just playing hard, putting a hand up and not giving them any easy looks."

    Two-time Defensive Player of the Year Leonard acknowledged that the presence of Doncic on the court meant he and the rest of the Clippers had to remain focused throughout.

    "Any time you play a great player, it's always fun," Leonard added.

    "It pushes you to play harder or just be locked in the whole game.

    "I just wanted to win. Luka playing or not, I wanted to win the basketball game."

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