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LeBron James Scores 21 As Lakers Snap Losing Streak


LeBron James scored a team-high 21 factors and equalled his season-best of 16 assists because the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four-game dropping streak with a 128-120 win over Portland on Saturday.

“We just wanted to play well,” Jame stated. “We just try to play the right way, sharing the ball on offense. Win, lose, or draw we did that tonight.”

James was a late addition to the lineup due to a groin harm that has hampered his play of late. James stated therapy for the harm consists of loads of ice packs.

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“I am doing all right. I am playing on it. I let the ice take care of its business,” he stated.

Kyle Kuzma scored a team-high 24 factors and Anthony Davis added 20 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 assists within the win.

Coach Frank Vogel stated the Lakers wanted to wash up the errors that brought on them to undergo their longest dropping streak of the season.

“We got a win and we are all happy about it,” he stated. “We made some adjustments to things that were hurting us the last couple of games.”

Damian Lillard recorded 31 factors and 9 assists for the Trail Blazers, who misplaced their third straight sport.

Elsewhere, Kyle Lowry scored 30 factors because the Toronto Raptors avenged a Christmas Day loss to Boston with a 113-97 rematch victory over the Celtics.

Serge Ibaka completed with 20 factors and 10 rebounds because the Raptors snapped a two-game dropping skid which included a 118-102 loss to Boston on Wednesday, as the 2 Eastern Conference contenders have been taking part in for the second time in lower than 72 hours.

Patrick McCaw had 18 factors, seven rebounds, and eight assists, whereas a resurgent Fred VanVleet additionally scored 18 factors within the win for the defending NBA champs. Lowry additionally had seven assists in entrance of the group of 19,100 on the Boston Garden enviornment.

“It didn’t sit well with me on Christmas Day,” McCaw stated. “We definitely didn’t give it our best effort and I think tonight guys took it personally. It wasn’t talked about. Guys just went out and gave it their all.”

Kemba Walker scored 30 factors for the Celtics, who had their five-game profitable streak halted.

“We beat those guys two times already (this season), and obviously a few days ago on Christmas,” Walker stated. “They definitely remembered that, of course. But those are the defending champs. They’ve got a target on their back, you know? They’re the team to beat.”

The injury-hit Raptors managed to decelerate Jaylen Brown, who completed with 17 factors. Gordon Hayward (13), Jayson Tatum (12) and Enes Kanter (11) additionally reached double figures in scoring.

McCaw obtained a layup within the first quarter to offer the Raptors the lead and begin 1 / 4 ending 19-8 run.

Terence Davis’ putback gave the Raptors an 89-79 lead heading into the fourth, and Ibaka’s layup with 10:11 remaining lengthened the result in double digits for good. Toronto led by as many as 17 over the ultimate 12 minutes.

The Raptors have been taking part in with out forwards Norman Powell (shoulder) and Pascal Siakam (groin), in addition to centre Marc Gasol (hamstring).

Also, Luka Doncic tallied 31 factors, 15 assists, and 12 rebounds to guide the Dallas Mavericks to a 141-121 victory over the hapless Golden State Warriors.

The triple-double was the ninth of the season for Doncic and ties the franchise document set by Jason Kidd in 1995-96. Doncic additionally made 5 three-pointers as Dallas set a franchise document by making 24 from behind the arc. The outdated mark of twenty-two passed off thrice.

Tim Hardaway made six three-pointers and scored 25 factors and Kristaps Porzingis made 4 three-pointers whereas including 18 factors because the Mavericks received for the fifteenth time within the final 20 video games.

D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 35 factors within the loss.

Family affair

In New Orleans, Brandon Ingram scored 24 factors, and a half dozen teammates additionally scored in double figures because the New Orleans Pelicans cruised previous the Indiana Pacers 120-98.

Jrue Holiday added 20 factors, JJ Redick scored 15 and E’Twaun Moore and Josh Hart got here off the bench to attain 11 every for the Pelicans.

Jrue, Justin, and Aaron Holiday grew to become the primary trio of brothers to play in a NBA sport when Justin checked in for the Pacers with 5:13 left within the first quarter. Jrue began for New Orleans and Aaron began for Indiana.

“It was cool,” Jrue stated. “What happened was Justin was about to come in and (coach) was about take me out. I told him no I was staying in just because of the moment like that.”

Due to the age distinction between the brothers — Justin is 30, whereas Aaron is 23 — the three have by no means performed in the identical sport earlier than, whilst kids.


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