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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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    The Lakers superstar posted 32 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles moved level with the Milwaukee Bucks for the NBA's best record at 24-3.

    Anthony Davis contributed 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakers, while Trae Young led the Hawks with 30 points.

    The Nets powered to a 109-89 victory over the 76ers as Philadelphia's road woes continued.

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    Ben Simmons' 20 points were not enough to extend Philadelphia's winning run to six games, while Spencer Dinwiddie's 24 fuelled the Nets.

     

    Isaac inspires Magic

    Jonathan Isaac had 21 points and 11 rebounds to see the Orlando Magic past the slumping New Orleans Pelicans 130-119.

    Jrue Holiday had 29 points for the Pelicans, while Josh Hart put up 20 from the bench.

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    Brooklyn Nets 109-89 Philadelphia 76ers
    Los Angeles Lakers 101-96 Atlanta Hawks
    Indiana Pacers 107-85 Charlotte Hornets
    Orlando Magic 130-119 New Orleans Pelicans
    Sacramento Kings 100-79 Golden State Warriors
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    Mavs at Bucks

    Monday's showdown was expected to pit MVP rivals Luka Doncic and Giannis Antetokounmpo against each other. However, Dallas Mavericks star Doncic will miss the clash due to an ankle injury. Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are eyeing their 19th win on the bounce.

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    Doncic sprained his right ankle during the Mavs' 122-118 overtime loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday.

    An NBA MVP contender this season, the 20-year-old was set to face fellow star Giannis Antetokounmpo when the Mavericks visit the Bucks.

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    The Mavericks are 17-8 and sit third in the Western Conference, but Doncic's absence is a huge blow.

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    New Orleans had twice previously lost 11 games in a row – in 2004 as the Hornets and again in 2012 as the Pelicans.

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    But Pelicans fans are still waiting for Williamson to make his regular-season debut as the 19-year-old recovers from a knee injury.

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