It was the LeBron James and Anthony Davis show again as the Los Angeles Lakers outclassed the Utah Jazz 121-96 in the NBA.

James recorded a double-double of 20 points and 12 assists to power the Lakers past the slumping Jazz in Utah on Wednesday.

Davis top-scored with 26 points and six rebounds as the Lakers improved to 19-3 for the season.

Donovan Mitchell's 29 points and Bojan Bogdanovic's 23 were not enough for the Jazz (12-10), who crashed to a third consecutive loss.

The Milwaukee Bucks won their 13th straight game after seeing off the Detroit Pistons 127-103.

Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points for the Bucks, who are on their best winning streak since they won 16 in a row across 1972-73 and 1973-74.

 

Graham sizzles from distance

Devonte' Graham made 10 three-pointers and posted 33 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 106-91.

Jimmy Butler had a season-high 37 points, six rebounds and four assists in the Miami Heat's 112-93 loss to the Boston Celtics, who were led by Jaylen Brown's 31 points.

A season-high 32 points from Aaron Gordon guided the Orlando Magic to a 128-114 win over the Phoenix Suns.

 

Paul struggles in Thunder defeat

While Chris Paul dished out 10 assists, the nine-time All-Star scored just four points on two-of-nine shooting in 33 minutes of action. He also missed both of his three-point attempts.

It was a tough night for Pistons guard Bruce Brown, who finished the game scoreless after 21 minutes. The 23-year-old was 0-of-six from the floor and 0-of-two from beyond the arc.

 

Davis with the dunk!

After arriving from the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade, Davis is lighting up Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

Wednesday's results

Charlotte Hornets 106-91 Golden State Warriors
Milwaukee Bucks 127-103 Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic 128-114 Phoenix Suns
Boston Celtics 112-93 Miami Heat
Brooklyn Nets 130-118 Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers 107-100 Oklahoma City Thunder
Chicago Bulls 106-99 Memphis Grizzlies
Dallas Mavericks 121-114 Minnesota Timberwolves
Los Angeles Lakers 121-96 Utah Jazz
Portland Trail Blazers 127-116 Sacramento Kings

 

Rockets at Raptors

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors welcome the Houston Rockets to Canada on Thursday. Toronto's perfect home record was snapped by the Heat on Tuesday, so the Raptors will be looking to bounce back against the Rockets, who succumbed to the San Antonio Spurs in double overtime last time out.

The Milwaukee Bucks were untroubled on their way to a 12th straight win in the NBA, while the Philadelphia 76ers also claimed a victory on Monday.

The Eastern Conference-leading Bucks crushed the struggling New York Knicks 132-88 to improve to 18-3.

Giannis Antetokounmpo only played 22 minutes, but still finished with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds.

The Bucks' bench was again given a chance to impress and D.J. Wilson finished with 19 points, while George Hill contributed 14.

The 76ers stretched their own winning streak to four by overcoming the Utah Jazz 103-94.

Joel Embiid had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tobias Harris finished with 26 points.

 

Young helps Hawks end losing run

Trae Young's 24 points and seven assists helped the Atlanta Hawks end a 10-game losing streak by beating the Golden State Warriors 104-79.

Domantas Sabonis' 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists saw the Indiana Pacers past the Memphis Grizzlies 117-104.

 

Woes for Barrett, Knox

The Knicks were thrashed by the Bucks and RJ Barrett and Kevin Knox II struggled. Barrett went 0-of-nine from the field and had two points in 20 minutes, while Knox was one-of-nine.

 

Heroic Horford

76ers forward Al Horford produced a huge defensive play to deny Bojan Bogdanovic.

Monday's results

Phoenix Suns 109-104 Charlotte Hornets
Philadelphia 76ers 103-94 Utah Jazz
Atlanta Hawks 104-79 Golden State Warriors
Indiana Pacers 117-104 Memphis Grizzlies
Milwaukee Bucks 132-88 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 113-106 Sacramento Kings

 

Lakers at Nuggets

The top two in the Western Conference do battle. The Lakers (17-3) will look to bounce back from their defeat to the Dallas Mavericks when they visit the Denver Nuggets (13-4) on Tuesday.

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni described James Harden as "unbelievable" and "incredible" after a 60-point performance in the NBA on Saturday.

Harden finished with 60 points in just 31 minutes in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.

The star went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in an outstanding performance.

Speaking about Harden, D'Antoni told a news conference: "Like everything else he does, unbelievable.

"Again, I think in the first half just when they doubled he gave the right play and then when they didn't double he scored.

"His first 40 points he had like 40-something points on 15 shots or 12 shots, whatever it was.

"You get 60 points on 24 shots, that's pretty good. He was incredible, but he's like that every night."

Asked if he considered leaving Harden in the game, D'Antoni said it was never an option.

"I can't do that, I couldn't, you guys would kill me if I did that and he got hurt," he said.

"I'd kill myself first of all and then you would all shoot me."

The Rockets are 13-6 and fourth in the Western Conference ahead of facing the Spurs in San Antonio on Tuesday.

James Harden produced a 60-point performance in a huge Houston Rockets win, while the Milwaukee Bucks' run continued in the NBA on Saturday.

Harden went 16-of-24 from the field, and eight-of-14 from three-point range, in the Rockets' 158-111 thrashing of the Atlanta Hawks.

The star guard only played 31 minutes in the Rockets' victory as they improved to 13-6 in the Western Conference.

Ben McLemore had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook contributed 15 points.

The Bucks made it 11 straight wins by beating the Charlotte Hornets 137-96.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (26 points and nine rebounds) once again starred for the Bucks, who hold a two-game lead atop the Eastern Conference.

 

Embiid, Simmons lead the way for 76ers

Joel Embiid had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds in the Philadelphia 76ers' 119-116 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Ben Simmons contributed 15 points and 13 assists in the victory.

The Bucks' bench stepped up as Khris Middleton (15), Dragan Bender (12), Ersan Ilyasova (11), D.J. Wilson (11) and George Hill (10) combined for 59 points.

Trae Young has starred for the Hawks this season and the guard had 37 points on 10-of-16 shooting in the big loss to the Rockets.

 

Jokic unable to lift Nuggets

Nikola Jokic struggled, going three-of-11 from the field for seven points in the Denver Nuggets' 100-97 overtime loss to the Sacramento Kings.

 

Hot Harden

Harden had 29 points in the third quarter in his huge performance.

Saturday's results

Sacramento Kings 100-97 Denver Nuggets
Philadelphia 76ers 119-116 Indiana Pacers
Houston Rockets 158-111 Atlanta Hawks
Milwaukee Bucks 137-96 Charlotte Hornets

 

Mavericks at Lakers

Luka Doncic will try to inspire the Dallas Mavericks (12-6) when they look to end the Los Angeles Lakers' (17-2) 10-game winning streak on Sunday.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers extended their respective winning streaks to 10 games in the NBA on Friday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo again led the Bucks in a 119-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Antetokounmpo finished with a double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, while George Hill contributed 18 points off the bench.

The Bucks are 16-3 and have a 1.5-game lead atop the Eastern Conference.

The Lakers continued to pull clear atop the west after a 125-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Once again, Anthony Davis (26 points and 13 rebounds) and LeBron James (23 points and 11 assists) led the way for the 17-2 Lakers.

 

Doncic delights again as Embiid guides 76ers

Luka Doncic put on a show again, contributing 42 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 120-113 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Philadelphia star Joel Embiid finished with 27 points and 17 rebounds in the 76ers' 101-95 victory against the New York Knicks.

Trae Young had 49 points after going 16 of 28 from the field, but the Atlanta Hawks lost to the Indiana Pacers 105-104 in overtime.

Hassan Whiteside blocked his way into the Portland Trail Blazers' record books. Whiteside's 10 blocks in a 107-103 win over the Chicago Bulls was a franchise record.

 

Magic struggle

Orlando Magic's starters Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Khem Birch, Evan Fournier and Markelle Fultz combined to go 16 of 49 from the field in a 90-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

 

Anthony lifts Blazers

Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the Trail Blazers' win.

Friday's results

Brooklyn Nets 112-107 Boston Celtics
Charlotte Hornets 110-107 Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors 90-83 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 119-110 Cleveland Cavaliers
Philadelphia 76ers 101-95 New York Knicks
Indiana Pacers 105-104 Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat 122-105 Golden State Warriors
Utah Jazz 103-94 Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder 109-104 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 107-97 Los Angeles Clippers
Dallas Mavericks 120-113 Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers 107-103 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 125-103 Washington Wizards

 

Pacers at 76ers

The Pacers (12-6) and 76ers (13-6) are sixth and fifth respectively in the Eastern Conference ahead of their clash on Saturday.

Anthony Davis came back to haunt his former team as the streaking Los Angeles Lakers prevailed 114-110 over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Back in New Orleans for the first time since his blockbuster trade to the Lakers ahead of the 2019-20 NBA campaign, Davis posted a season-high 41 points on Wednesday.

Davis – who was selected by the Pelicans with pick one in the 2012 Draft – overcame an elbow problem in the final quarter to lead the Lakers (16-2) to their ninth successive win.

LeBron James finished with 29 points and 11 assists, while Jrue Holiday (29 points, 12 assists) top scored for the Pelicans (6-12).

Kemba Walker returned from a neck sprain to help the Boston Celtics top the Brooklyn Nets 121-110.

In Walker's first game back after leaving last week's loss to the Denver Nuggets with his neck in a brace, Walker posted a season-high 39 points in Boston.

"I've been over it. I could have played last game, honestly," Walker said. "If I'm on the court, I'm on the court. I wasn't thinking about anything [but] wanting to win."

The Nets were without former Celtics guard Kyrie Irving for the seventh consecutive game due to shoulder soreness.

 

Embiid bounces back from horror show

After finishing scoreless against the Toronto Raptors last time out, Joel Embiid put up 33 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers past the Sacramento Kings 97-91. The result preserved Philadelphia's perfect home record at 8-0.

Giannis Antetokounmpo posted his 18th consecutive double-double as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak to nine games with a 111-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The reigning MVP posted 30 points and 10 rebounds.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook combined for 61 points in the Houston Rockets' 117-108 win against the Miami Heat. Harden scored 34 and Westbrook contributed 27 as the Rockets snapped a three-game skid.

It was a franchise-record night for the Toronto Raptors. The defending champions eased past the lowly New York Knicks 126-98 for their eighth straight home win to begin the season.

 

Oh no for O'Neale

It was a tough 27 minutes for Royce O'Neale. The 26-year-old did not score a point, going 0 for four from the floor and 0 of three from beyond the arc. His Utah Jazz lost 121-102 to the Indiana Pacers.

Coby White managed just two points in the Chicago Bulls' 104-90 defeat to the Golden State Warriors. White was 0 of seven from the field, while he missed all four of his three-point attempts.

 

Harrell ensures Clippers stay hot

Montrezl Harrell's tip-in with 2.3 seconds remaining gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 121-119 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies and a seventh straight win.

Wednesday's results

Orlando Magic 116-104 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 121-102 Utah Jazz
Boston Celtics 121-110 Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 76ers 97-91 Sacramento Kings
Charlotte Hornets 102-101 Detroit Pistons
Toronto Raptors 126-98 New York Knicks
Milwaukee Bucks 111-102 Atlanta Hawks
Los Angeles Clippers 121-119 Memphis Grizzlies
Houston Rockets 117-108 Miami Heat
Portland Trail Blazers 136-119 Oklahoma City Thunder
Los Angeles Lakers 114-110 New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors 104-90 Chicago Bulls
Washington Wizards 140-132 Phoenix Suns
Minnesota Timberwolves 113-101 San Antonio Spurs

 

Clippers at Spurs

After the Thanksgiving break, the in-form Clippers will head to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Friday. It will be another Spurs reunion for Leonard, who left Gregg Popovich's team for the Raptors ahead of the 2018-19 season before landing in Los Angeles. San Antonio have only won one of their past 11 games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a season-high 50 points and collected 14 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Utah Jazz 122-118 in NBA action on Monday.

It was Antetokounmpo's second 50-point game of his career, which helped extend Milwaukee's (14-3) winning streak to eight games.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo also recorded his 17th consecutive double-double – the longest streak to start a season since 1976-77.

Bojan Bogdanovic (24 points) and Donovan Mitchell (20 points) led the Jazz (11-6) on the road.

LeBron James, meanwhile, put up 33 points and 14 assists to see the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-104 victory at the San Antonio Spurs.

Anthony Davis added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the 15-2 Lakers, who own the best record in the league.

 

Hield has big game

Buddy Hield had a career-high 41 points but the Sacramento Kings still lost 103-102 to the Boston Celtics, who were without Kemba Walker due to a neck sprain.

Bam Adebayo had his ninth double-double of the season courtesy of 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Hornets 117-100 to remain undefeated at home.

Carmelo Anthony moved into 18th place on the NBA's career scoring list. The veteran finished with 25 points in the Portland Trail Blazers' 117-94 win against the Chicago Bulls.

The Minnesota Timberwolves triumphed 125-113 over the Atlanta Hawks thanks to Karl-Anthony Towns' 28 points and 13 rebounds.

 

Horror night for Embiid

Joel Embiid was held scoreless for the first time in his career after the Philadelphia 76ers went down 101-96 to the Toronto Raptors. All-Star Embiid shot 0-for-11, missing all four of his shots from three-point range and going 0 of three from the free-throw line. He did, however, manage a game-high 13 rebounds.

 

Dinwiddie sinks Cavs

Playing in the absence of Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie hit a fadeaway jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift the Brooklyn Nets past the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-106.

 

Monday's results

Brooklyn Nets 108-106 Cleveland Cavaliers
Detroit Pistons 103-88 Orlando Magic
Indiana Pacers 126-114 Memphis Grizzlies
Miami Heat 117-100 Charlotte Hornets
Boston Celtics 103-102 Sacramento Kings
Minnesota Timberwolves 125-113 Atlanta Hawks
Toronto Raptors 101-96 Philadelphia 76ers
Portland Trail Blazers 117-94 Chicago Bulls
Milwaukee Bucks 122-118 Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers 114-104 San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder 100-97 Golden State Warriors

 

Clippers at Mavericks

There will be plenty of star quality on show when the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George travel to Dallas riding a five-game winning streak. Led by the red-hot Luka Doncic, the Mavs have also won five straight.

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.

The Los Angeles Clippers handed the Houston Rockets another loss, while the Lakers' run continued in the NBA on Friday.

A 42-point fourth quarter helped the Clippers edge the Rockets 122-119 at the Staples Center.

Stars Kawhi Leonard (24 points) and Paul George (19) helped the Clippers, while Lou Williams hit 26 points off the bench.

The Rockets suffered a second straight loss despite 37 points and 12 assists from James Harden and a 22-point haul from Russell Westbrook.

The Lakers extended their winning streak to six games by overcoming the Oklahoma City Thunder 130-127.

Once again, it was Anthony Davis (33 points and 11 rebounds) and LeBron James (23 points and 14 assists) leading the Lakers.

 

Doncic, Drummond deliver

Luka Doncic continued his fine form. The Mavericks star had 30 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds in Dallas' 143-101 demolition of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Andre Drummond stepped up for the Detroit Pistons, finishing with 23 points and 15 rebounds in a 128-103 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Facing one of his former teams, Jimmy Butler had 27 points and seven assists for the Miami Heat in a 116-108 victory against the Chicago Bulls.

 

Cavaliers crushed

The Cavaliers slumped to a sixth straight loss and it was an embarrassing 42-point defeat to the Mavericks.

 

Leonard's key shot

Leonard hit the key shot for the Clippers with 15.4 seconds remaining before a couple of late George free throws.

Friday's results

Detroit Pistons 128-103 Atlanta Hawks
Washington Wizards 125-118 Charlotte Hornets
Brooklyn Nets 116-97 Sacramento Kings
Philadelphia 76ers 115-104 San Antonio Spurs
Miami Heat 116-108 Chicago Bulls
Los Angeles Lakers 130-127 Oklahoma City Thunder
Dallas Mavericks 143-101 Cleveland Cavaliers
Denver Nuggets 96-92 Boston Celtics
Utah Jazz 113-109 Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers 122-119 Houston Rockets

 

Lakers at Grizzlies

Can Memphis end the Lakers' run? The Grizzlies have struggled to a 5-9 record and lost their past two ahead of Saturday's game against the 13-2 Lakers.

Luka Doncic recorded a remarkable triple-double as the Dallas Mavericks demolished the Golden State Warriors 142-94 in the NBA.

Doncic showed no mercy with 35 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in just 25 minutes of action on Wednesday.

The second-year guard had 22 points, five assists and five rebounds after the first quarter alone in Dallas midweek.

Doncic – who was coming off a 40-point triple-double on Monday – has an NBA-best seven triple-doubles through 14 games for the Mavs (9-5) this season.

The struggling Warriors (3-13) were led by Eric Paschall's 22 points on the road.

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George took to the court for the first time together as the Los Angeles Clippers outlasted the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime.

Injuries to both players postponed the star Clippers recruits from playing together, however, that changed on Wednesday.

George had 25 points and eight assists, while Leonard – back from injury – finished with 17 points in Los Angeles, while Jayson Tatum scored 30 points.

 

Giannis sparks Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 33 points and 11 rebounds in the Milwaukee Bucks' 135-127 victory against the Atlanta Hawks. Eric Bledsoe had 28 of his own as the Bucks won their fifth consecutive game.

James Harden (27) and Russell Westbrook (25) combined for 52 points, while Clint Capela posted 12 points and 21 rebounds but the Houston Rockets still lost 105-95 to the Denver Nuggets.

Jarrett Allen's 22 points and 17 rebounds led the Brooklyn Nets past the Charlotte Hornets 101-91.

 

Spurs' slide continues

The San Antonio Spurs are in freefall. Gregg Popovich's team dropped their seventh straight game – a 138-132 loss to the Washington Wizards. It is San Antonio's worst streak since 1996-97.

 

Simmons shoots a three!

Yes, you read that right. Ben Simmons nailed his first three-pointer in the NBA. After 17 unsuccessful attempts, the Philadelphia 76ers guard ended his drought in the opening quarter of his team's 109-104 win over the New York Knicks.

Wednesday's results

Washington Wizards 138-132 San Antonio Spurs
Philadelphia 76ers 109-104 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 113-97 Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks 135-127 Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat 124-100 Cleveland Cavaliers
Brooklyn Nets 101-91 Charlotte Hornets
Dallas Mavericks 142-94 Golden State Warriors
Chicago Bulls 109-89 Detroit Pistons
Utah Jazz 103-95 Minnesota Timberwolves
Denver Nuggets 105-95 Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Clippers 107-104 Boston Celtics (OT)

 

Trail Blazers at Bucks

The Bucks (11-3) will back up when they welcome Carmelo Anthony and the Portland Trail Blazers (5-10) to Milwaukee on Thursday. Anthony made his debut last time out and will be looking to make more of an impact against the high-flying Bucks.

LeBron James said he wanted to give Kobe Bryant a reason to attend another game after the Los Angeles Lakers great watched the win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Bryant sat courtside as his former team the Lakers beat the Hawks 122-101 at Staples Center, where James shared an embrace with the five-time NBA champion.

James, who posted 33 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, acknowledged Bryant in the opening quarter as the past met the present before nailing a three-pointer in Los Angeles.

"He is one of the greatest players to have played this game," James told reporters post-game. "I'm just trying put on a show for him.

"I know he came to a game last year and just having him in the building, just knowing what he meant to this franchise, to L.A., and for me and my team-mates, what it means to be a part of Laker Nation and Laker family, is a beautiful thing.

"I grew up watching him, admiring him. I was one of the kids obviously who had the chance to come straight outta high school. He did it.

"It's just so surreal for me. Just for a kid from Akron to have a guy like Kobe, just take time out of his day, even at this point of my career, it's still special."

James – a three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP – also used Instagram to hail Kobe, who is not known for attending many Lakers games in LA.

"I'm just trying to continue the legacy you left behind in the purple and gold," James wrote. "At the same time make you proud!! #TheBlackMamba #LakeShow."

James continued his stunning start to the season against the Hawks, with the 34-year-old averaging 25.0 points, 11.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game this season.

His performance helped the Lakers – who have missed the playoffs for the past six consecutive seasons – improve to 11-2.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said: "He's playing at an extraordinarily high level and dominating. His effort on the defensive end has really spread throughout the group, and the group has bought into being dominant on the defensive end of the floor.

"We saw that in the first quarter, with how we just controlled the game from the start. Offensively, his shot-making, his decision-making, zero turnovers, 12 assists… Are you kidding me?"

Paul George made his long-awaited debut but the Los Angeles Clippers were upstaged 132-127 by the New Orleans Pelicans in NBA action on Thursday.

George played his first game for the Clippers since arriving from the Oklahoma City Thunder to team up with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles – a pair of shoulder operations delaying the six-time All-Star's bow.

The Clippers recruit scored 33 points in 24 minutes, however, he had the ball stolen away by Jrue Holiday three times in the final minutes as the Pelicans spoiled his debut.

George's haul in New Orleans marked the third highest total for a Clippers debut in franchise history.

The Clippers (7-5) – who were without Leonard for the third time this season due to load management – crashed to back-to-back defeats.

Holiday led the Pelicans (3-8) with 36 points, while team-mate Derrick Favors had 20 points and a career-best 20 rebounds.

 

Giannis stars in Milwaukee

Another game, another big performance from reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star put up 38 points and 16 rebounds to see his team past the Chicago Bulls 124-115. Eric Bledsoe chipped in with a season-high 31 points.

Bulls rookie Coby White became the youngest player in NBA history to hit five three-pointers in consecutive games. The 19-year-old finished with a team-high 26 points.

Kristaps Porzingis scored 20 points and 11 rebounds in his first game back in New York since leaving the Knicks. However, the Knicks prevailed 106-103 at Madison Square Garden. Mavs star Luka Doncic registered his fifth triple-double of the season – 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

 

Curry quiet in Mavs loss

Seth Curry was one of five from the field and did not make any of his four three-point attempts as the Mavs guard finished with just two points in 23 minutes.

 

Young through the legs

Trae Young left his opponent red-faced as finished with a floater. However, the Atlanta Hawks lost 128-112 to the Phoenix Suns.

Thursday's results

Miami Heat 108-97 Cleveland Cavaliers
New Orleans Pelicans 132-127 Los Angeles Clippers
Milwaukee Bucks 124-115 Chicago Bulls
New York Knicks 106-103 Dallas Mavericks
Phoenix Suns 128-112 Atlanta Hawks
Denver Nuggets 101-93 Brooklyn Nets

 

Kings at Lakers

Anthony Davis is expected to return from shoulder and rib soreness for the Los Angeles Lakers' visit of the Sacramento Kings on Friday. The Lakers are looking to improve to 10-2, while the Kings (4-6) are eyeing a third consecutive win.

Trae Young made history in the Atlanta Hawks' 125-121 victory over the Denver Nuggets, but coach Lloyd Pierce was quick to remind him he can improve.

The Hawks guard became the youngest player to register at least 30 points and 10 assists in three straight games with a sensational display at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.

Young poured in a season-high 42 points on 13-of-21 shooting – the highlight being a successful jump shot after sending the ball through Will Barton's legs – and supplied 11 assists as Atlanta ended a three-game losing streak.

However, Pierce made sure to highlight one of Young's shortcomings in his post-game news conference.

"I'm not impressed with his free throws," said Pierce. "He went 8-for-11, he's got to go 11-for-11.

"He missed two the other night, he missed three tonight. There's always something. Everyone else can praise him but I've got to stay on him.

"But, no, he was great. The three-ball was rolling. We had 30 assists on 44 made baskets which is an impressive number for us, that's been one of the areas we haven't capitalised on this year.

"Obviously, the three-ball went down tonight and we needed that. [Young is] great in the pick and roll. You have to scheme and we found something that we were able to attack."

The Hawks fought back from 12-0 down in the first quarter and Young was proud to have played a key role in the victory.

"I'm having a lot of fun. My shots are going in right now and hopefully that continues to happen. I'm just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win and put us in the best position to win," Young told FOX Sports.

"We gutted one out. We actually finished the game. It's tough seeing Kev [Kevin Huerter] go out early – he had a hot start. It's a great team win, especially against a good team on the road.

"We're a resilient team, no matter how far we're down or how far we're up, we're going to keep fighting. I'm happy with the way we played and the way we finished it off."

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