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Kings snap Celtics' 10-game winning streak, LeBron leads Lakers

By Sports Desk November 18, 2019

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  • Clippers win in Leonard's Toronto return, Bucks stretch streak Clippers win in Leonard's Toronto return, Bucks stretch streak

    Kawhi Leonard enjoyed a successful return to Toronto on Wednesday, while the Milwaukee Bucks' run continued and James Harden starred in the NBA.

    Back in Toronto, where he won the NBA championship last season, Leonard helped the Los Angeles Clippers past the Raptors 112-92.

    The star received a tribute video and finished with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds as the Clippers improved to 19-7.

    Top of the Eastern Conference, the Bucks clinched a 16th straight win by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 127-112.

    Without Giannis Antetokounmpo (quad soreness), Milwaukee still cruised thanks to Eric Bledsoe's 29 points on 10-of-13 shooting.

    Harden had 55 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter, to see the Houston Rockets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-110.

     

    LeBron lifts Lakers, Graham shines

    LeBron James' triple-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists saw the Los Angeles Lakers improve to 22-3 by beating the Orlando Magic 96-87.

    Devonte' Graham starred for the Charlotte Hornets as his 40 points saw them past the Brooklyn Nets 113-108.

    A double-double from Rudy Gobert (20 points and 16 rebounds) helped the Utah Jazz claim a 127-116 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

     

    Warriors' woes

    The Golden State Warriors (5-21) are the worst team in the NBA after losing to the New York Knicks (5-20). The Knicks ended a 10-game losing streak with a 124-122 overtime win.

     

    Morant magic

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant, the second pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, produced a nice dunk in a win over the Phoenix Suns.

    Wednesday's results

    Houston Rockets 116-110 Cleveland Cavaliers
    Indiana Pacers 122-117 Boston Celtics
    Los Angeles Lakers 96-87 Orlando Magic
    Los Angeles Clippers 112-92 Toronto Raptors
    Charlotte Hornets 113-108 Brooklyn Nets
    Chicago Bulls 136-102 Atlanta Hawks
    Utah Jazz 127-116 Minnesota Timberwolves
    Memphis Grizzlies 115-108 Phoenix Suns
    Milwaukee Bucks 127-112 New Orleans Pelicans
    Sacramento Kings 94-93 Oklahoma City Thunder
    New York Knicks 124-122 Golden State Warriors

     

    76ers at Celtics

    The Philadelphia 76ers (18-7) have struggled on the road so far this season and face the Boston Celtics (17-6) at TD Garden on Thursday.

  • Kawhi Leonard expecting boos from Raptors fans on Toronto return Kawhi Leonard expecting boos from Raptors fans on Toronto return

    Kawhi Leonard is set to receive his championship ring from the Raptors on Wednesday, but he is still expecting boos from the home fans as he returns to Toronto for the first time since leaving for the Los Angeles Clippers. 

    Leonard helped the Raptors claim their first NBA title last season, his sole campaign in Toronto, following a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

    He was named Finals MVP as the Raptors dethroned the Golden State Warriors in an absorbing series, defeating them 4-2.

    However, Leonard elected not to re-sign with the Raptors on a long-term deal, opting instead to go back to his home city of Los Angeles and link up with Paul George.

    It will be a night of celebration at Scotiabank Arena, but Leonard is not anticipating widespread acclaim.

    "This is my first time back in the city since the parade. Obviously, those flashbacks come back driving back to the arena. Of course, it's a little different tonight," Leonard said.

    "There will be some cheers but definitely I think more boos because they want to win the game. They're not going to be cheering for a player that's on the opposing team."

    Leonard unveiled a thank you message for the city of Toronto on a New Balance billboard ahead of his reunion with the Raptors.

    "[The fans] were amazing last year. They rolled with us through the ups and downs. We were down every series pretty much and they stuck through it with us," Leonard added. 

    "They brought great energy to every game and it helped us. So that's my thank you to them."

    Asked how much he considered staying with Toronto, he replied: "I gave it a big consideration. I took my time, I didn't hurry up and make a quick decision.

    "I talked to the front office in detail. It was a hard choice to make."

  • 76ers stay perfect at home, Robinson equals Miami record 76ers stay perfect at home, Robinson equals Miami record

    The Philadelphia 76ers maintained their perfect home record in the NBA on Tuesday, while Duncan Robinson starred for the Miami Heat.

    The 76ers improved to 13-0 at home with a 97-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

    Joel Embiid led the way again with 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the 76ers, while Tobias Harris had 20 points.

    Robinson made 10-of-14 from three-point range in Miami's 135-121 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks.

    The 25-year-old, who went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft, scored 34 points for the Heat and tied the franchise record for most threes made in a game.

     

    Nunn, Adebayo and Butler shine

    Miami had more stars. Kendrick Nunn had 36 points and Bam Adebayo a triple-double of 30 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Jimmy Butler (20 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists) also had a triple-double.

    Devonte' Graham's 29 points saw the Charlotte Hornets overcome the Washington Wizards 114-107.

    The Portland Trail Blazers thrashed the New York Knicks 115-87 thanks to 31 points from Damian Lillard.

     

    Knicks' slump continues

    The Knicks fell to a 10th straight loss as their record dropped to 4-20, with RJ Barrett struggling from the field, going one-of-nine.

     

    Ridiculous Robinson

    Robinson was in unbelievable form from beyond the arc for Miami.

    Tuesday's results

    Charlotte Hornets 114-107 Washington Wizards
    Philadelphia 76ers 97-92 Denver Nuggets
    Miami Heat 135-121 Atlanta Hawks
    Portland Trail Blazers 115-87 New York Knicks

     

    Clippers at Raptors

    Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto when his Los Angeles Clippers (18-7) face the Raptors (16-7) on Wednesday.

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