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.

The red-hot Milwaukee Bucks extended their winning streak as Giannis Antetokounmpo starred again, while the Los Angeles Clippers won without Kawhi Leonard.

Antetokounmpo posted a double-double to lead the Bucks past the Orlando Magic 110-101 and their 15th consecutive NBA victory on Monday.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and 15 rebounds in Milwaukee, where Khris Middleton added 20 points as the Bucks improved to 21-3.

Evan Fournier led the Magic (11-12) – who entered the game on a four-game winning streak – with 26 points.

Paul George starred as the Leonard-less Clippers defeated the Indiana Pacers 110-99 on the road.

With Leonard sitting out, George had 36 points amid a chorus of boos against former team the Pacers – who traded the six-time All-Star to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 ahead of free agency.

George finished with a season-high seven three-pointers as the Clippers (18-7) won for the fourth time in five games.

Meanwhile, Malcolm Brogdon scored 20 points for the Pacers (15-9) in Indiana.

 

Westbrook stars

The Houston Rockets suffered a buzzer-beating 119-118 loss to the Sacramento Kings, but Russell Westbrook put up 34 points and eight assists.

Brandon Ingram recorded 31 points in the New Orleans Pelicans' heartbreaking 105-103 defeat against the Detroit Pistons.

 

Cavs continue to slide

The Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) are sinking without a trace. Monday's 110-88 loss to the Boston Celtics was their seventh successive defeat and 13th in 14 games.

 

Clutch Rose, Buzzer-beating Bjelica

Derrick Rose nailed a fadeaway jump shot as time expired to lift the Pistons to a win at the Pelicans.

There was also late drama in Houston, where Nemanja Bjelica made a long-range three-pointer on the buzzer as the Kings stunned the Rockets.

 

Monday's results

Los Angeles Clippers 110-99 Indiana Pacers
Boston Celtics 110-88 Cleveland Cavaliers
Sacramento Kings 119-118 Houston Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks 110-101 Orlando Magic
Detroit Pistons 105-103 New Orleans Pelicans
Toronto Raptors 93-92 Chicago Bulls
Phoenix Suns 125-109 Minnesota Timberwolves
Oklahoma City Thunder 104-90 Utah Jazz
Memphis Grizzlies 110-102 Golden State Warriors

 

Nuggets at 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers face another big test at home. Boasting a 12-0 record at home, the 76ers (17-7) welcome the Denver Nuggets to Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday after seeing off the Raptors last time out. The Nuggets (14-7) have lost back-to-back games.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks won big in the NBA thanks to Ben Simmons and Luka Doncic.

Simmons scored a career-high 34 points as the 76ers humbled the Cleveland Cavaliers 141-94 in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The All-Star was almost unstoppable in 26 minutes of action, making 12 of 14 field goals and hitting nine of 12 free throws to help the 76ers improve to 11-0 at home.

Philadelphia stayed perfect on home court despite the absence of Joel Embiid due to a left hip contusion.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Doncic, meanwhile, fuelled the Mavericks' 130-84 demolition of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Doncic posted 28 points, nine assists and six rebounds in 26 minutes for the Mavs, who led 64-52 at half-time.

 

Westbrook records triple-double

Russell Westbrook had his third consecutive triple-double in the Houston Rockets' 115-109 win at home to the Phoenix Suns. Westbrook finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists. Rockets team-mate James Harden scored 34 points.

 

Cavs set season low

It was a tough night for the Cavaliers. Their 36 first-half points set a season low for points in a half, less than the 40 they managed against the Orlando Magic on Friday.

Lonzo Ball endured a forgettable game. The Pelicans guard was one of nine from the floor for just two points in 27 minutes. He also missed all seven of his three-point attempts.

 

Simmons drops another three

Prior to this season, Simmons had never made a three-pointer in the regular season. He is now up to two following this effort from beyond the arc.

 

Saturday's results

Dallas Mavericks 130-84 New Orleans Pelicans
Philadelphia 76ers 141-94 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 104-103 New York Knicks
Houston Rockets 115-109 Phoenix Suns
Utah Jazz 126-112 Memphis Grizzlies

 

Raptors at 76ers

It is back-to-back home games for the 76ers (16-7), who welcome reigning champions the Toronto Raptors (15-6) to Philadelphia on Sunday. The 76ers will be looking to stay unbeaten on home court, while the Raptors can snap a two-game losing streak.

Zion Williamson is unlikely to play on back-to-back nights when he returns from injury and finally makes his NBA regular-season debut, New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin has said.

The much-hyped number one overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft is yet to take to the court in the regular season, having undergone surgery on his knee the day before the Pelicans' campaign started.

Williamson, who averaged over 23 points in preseason, was expected to be back within six to eight weeks, so his return is imminent.

However, the struggling 6-16 Pelicans will refrain from using Williamson on back-to-back nights initially.

"He very likely will not be asked to take the pounding of back-to-backs initially," Griffin told Fox Sports.

"There will be a sort of ramp-up for him to getting back to where you would call him full strength, but he's certainly going to be playing, and we're trying to win basketball games, and quite frankly, we've done a horrible job of that."

The six-week point of Williamson's surgery passed earlier this week and Griffin insists he is still on course to be back within the initial timeframe laid out.

"He continues to progress," Griffin added.

"He's progressing very well. He feels very good about his process. And eight weeks is several days from now, and if we get outside of that, it will be because he hasn't met the metrics for return-to-play that are laid out for him and every player on our team.

"He will not be treated any differently in terms of the return-to-play metrics.

"Nothing's changed, the timeline has not changed.

"If he hits those metrics in seven weeks fine; if he hits them in 10 weeks, fine. We don't care when that is, but he's not getting on the court until he proves to us he's healthy, no matter what he wants to do."

The Houston Rockets were too good for the Toronto Raptors in the NBA on Thursday, while the Philadelphia 76ers' streak came to an end.

The Rockets went 22-of-55 from three-point range in a 119-109 victory over the Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.

Ben McLemore (eight-of-17) and P.J. Tucker (five-of-10) did most of the damage for Houston from beyond the arc.

McLemore finished with 28 points, while Tucker had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds as James Harden (23 points) and Russell Westbrook (19 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists) got plenty of support.

Pascal Siakam had 24 points for defending champions the Raptors.

Joel Embiid's double-double of 26 points and 21 rebounds was not enough for the 76ers, who went down to the Washington Wizards 119-113.

The result saw Philadelphia's four-game winning streak come to an end, while they are now 5-7 on the road this season.

 

Brilliant Booker, all-round Nuggets

Devin Booker had 44 points on 13-of-24 shooting in the Phoenix Suns' 139-132 overtime win against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Denver Nuggets had eight players score in double-figures in a 129-92 thrashing of the New York Knicks.

 

Knicks' struggles continue

The Knicks (4-18) have the longest losing streak in the NBA after it was stretched to eight games.

 

Hayes hammer

Jaxson Hayes, the eighth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, produced a monster dunk in the Pelicans' loss to the Suns.

Thursday's results

Washington Wizards 119-113 Philadelphia 76ers
Denver Nuggets 129-92 New York Knicks
Houston Rockets 119-109 Toronto Raptors
Phoenix Suns 139-132 New Orleans Pelicans

 

Clippers at Bucks

Milwaukee's 13-game winning streak will be put to the test as the Bucks (19-3) host the Los Angeles Clippers (16-6) on Friday in a clash between two of this season's contenders.

The Los Angeles Lakers returned to winning ways in the NBA, while James Harden's 50 points were not enough for the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.

In a clash between two Western Conference high-flyers, the Lakers were too good for the Denver Nuggets 105-96.

Anthony Davis' double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds and LeBron James' 25 points and nine assists saw the Lakers bounce back from their loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Lakers are now 18-3 and hold a 2.5-game lead atop the Western Conference.

Harden had 50 points for the Rockets, but they suffered a 135-133 double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

While Harden went 11-of-38 from the field – and 24-of-24 from the free-throw line – Russell Westbrook was seven-of-30 on his way to a triple-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

In contrast, Bryn Forbes went 10-of-13 to finish with 25 points for San Antonio.

 

Doncic delivers again

Luka Doncic had 33 points and 18 rebounds in the Mavericks' 118-97 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Jimmy Butler's triple-double of 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists helped the Miami Heat to a 121-110 overtime win against the Toronto Raptors.

Paul George (25 points) and Montrezl Harrell (26) saw the Los Angeles Clippers past the Portland Trail Blazers 117-97.

 

Raptors trio struggle

Harden and Westbrook battled for the Rockets, but so did three Raptors. Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet combined to go 12-of-48 from the field in the loss to Miami.

 

Neat work from Doncic

Doncic's beautiful footwork helped set up a basket against the Pelicans.

Tuesday's results

Detroit Pistons 127-94 Cleveland Cavaliers
Orlando Magic 127-120 Washington Wizards
Miami Heat 121-110 Toronto Raptors
Dallas Mavericks 118-97 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 135-133 Houston Rockets
Los Angeles Lakers 105-96 Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers 117-97 Portland Trail Blazers

 

Heat at Celtics

Two of the Eastern Conference's best teams meet when the Heat (15-5) visit the Boston Celtics (14-5).

The Los Angeles Lakers' winning streak came to an end in the NBA, while Kawhi Leonard and Paul George inspired the Clippers on Sunday.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks ended the Lakers' winning run at 10 with a 114-100 victory.

Doncic finished with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to again lead the Mavericks, who had Delon Wright contribute 17 points off the bench.

Anthony Davis (27 points and 10 rebounds) and LeBron James (25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists) were unable to lift the Lakers, who dropped to 17-3.

The Clippers cruised to a 150-125 thrashing of the Washington Wizards.

Leonard needed just 27 minutes to have 34 points, while George finished with 31 in 30 minutes for the Clippers (15-6).

 

Siakam superb for Raptors

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in the Toronto Raptors' 130-110 win over the Utah Jazz.

Jayson Tatum (30 points) helped the Boston Celtics past the New York Knicks 113-104, while Kemba Walker had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists.

Evan Fournier's 32 points saw the Orlando Magic overcome the struggling Golden State Warriors 100-96.

 

Bad Bryant

Thomas Bryant struggled for the Wizards, going three-of-11 from the field for just nine points in the loss to the Clippers.

 

Cauley-Stein's improbable basket

Willie Cauley-Stein somehow swatted in a basket for the Warriors.

Sunday's results

Miami Heat 109-106 Brooklyn Nets
Boston Celtics 113-104 New York Knicks
Memphis Grizzlies 115-107 Minnesota Timberwolves
Dallas Mavericks 114-100 Los Angeles Lakers
Detroit Pistons 132-98 San Antonio Spurs
Oklahoma City Thunder 107-104 New Orleans Pelicans
Orlando Magic 100-96 Golden State Warriors
Toronto Raptors 130-110 Utah Jazz
Los Angeles Clippers 150-125 Washington Wizards

 

Knicks at Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks (17-3) have won 11 straight and will be confident of extending that at home to the New York Knicks (4-16) on Monday.

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.

LeBron James became just the fourth player in NBA history to surpass 33,000 career points on Wednesday.

James reached the milestone in the Los Angeles Lakers' clash away to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tops the all-time list with 38,387 points, ahead of Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643).

Prior to the game against the Pelicans, Lakers superstar and three-time NBA champion James had been averaging 25.6 points, 11.0 assists and 7.4 rebounds this season.

Anthony Davis may have had a bitter divorce from the New Orleans Pelicans, but he will still have "mixed emotions" when he returns with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Six-time All-Star Davis moved to Los Angeles to link up with LeBron James in a blockbuster trade during the offseason, having made no secret of his desire to depart New Orleans.

Davis, the number one overall draft pick in 2012, revealed he spoke to James about his own initial exit from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat and said he is still fond of the Louisiana city.

"I talked to LeBron," Davis told Stadium. "I said, 'When you went to Miami, first off, how were you when you left Cleveland? Obviously you left willingly, I had to ask for a trade, but what were your emotions?'

"He was like, 'Man, I was scared'. And that was the same thing with me. I'd been so accustomed to being in New Orleans.

"I love that city, I have so many friends there, family. New Orleans is a part of me.

"It was tough for me to walk away from that. So when I go back, I'm going to have mixed emotions because a great six and a half years and then that last half [a year]...

"I know the fans are going to boo me, I got booed when I was still playing there."

Davis said he had no regrets about the way he handled his departure from New Orleans.

However, he wishes he had not sworn at a Pelicans fan who shouted abuse in his direction during a loss to the Charlotte Hornets in April.

"The fan just hit me with something [verbally]," Davis added.

"It was all that emotion boiled up into one. It just happened. That's one thing I do regret about flipping the fan off.

"But the way I handled the process... no [regrets]."

The Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to five games after Kawhi Leonard and Paul George helped inspire a 134-109 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Leonard had 26 points, six assists and four rebounds, while George put up 18 points and five rebounds for the in-form Clippers (12-5) in the NBA on Sunday.

While all eyes were on the star Clippers recruits, Montrezl Harrell led the way with 34 points and 12 rebounds off the bench in Los Angeles.

Brandon Ingram had 24 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Pelicans (6-11).

 

Doncic joins illustrious company

Luka Doncic enjoyed a mammoth performance against the Houston Rockets, posting 41 points and 10 assists for the Dallas Mavericks in a 137-123 win. It saw Doncic join Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Michael Jordan as the only players since the 1983-84 season with at least four consecutive games of 30 or more points and 10-plus assists.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 30 points in the absence of Kyrie Irving as the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the New York Knicks 103-101.

Rockets big man Clint Capela joined Dennis Rodman (1992-93 and 1994-95) as the only players since 1976 to record 19-plus rebounds in seven consecutive games. Capela put up 21 points and 22 rebounds in Houston.

 

Rockets fall… again

After winning eight in a row, the Rockets are in a slump. Houston have dropped three consecutive games. While Harden had 32 points and 11 assists, he was two of 15 from three-point range. As a team, the Rockets managed just 10 of 44 from beyond the arc.

 

Doncic dazzles

The second-year star was almost unstoppable in Houston, where he left Harden in his wake.

Sunday's results

Dallas Mavericks 137-123 Houston Rockets
Brooklyn Nets 103-101 New York Knicks
Sacramento Kings 113-106 Washington Wizards
Denver Nuggets 116-104 Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Clippers 134-109 New Orleans Pelicans

 

76ers at Raptors

It is a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference semi-final, which saw the Toronto Raptors (11-4) benefit from Leonard's buzzer-beater on route to their maiden championship. The Philadelphia 76ers (11-5) are riding a four-game winning streak as they head to Toronto on Monday.

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.

Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed an historic performance as the Milwaukee Bucks outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers 137-129 in the NBA.

Reigning MVP Antetokounmpo posted his second triple-double of the season via 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists on Thursday.

Antetokounmpo became the first Bucks player with a 20-point, 15-rebound and 15-assist game.

Bucks team-mate Eric Bledsoe added 30 points and six assists as Milwaukee improved to 12-3 for the season following six straight wins.

The Trail Blazers – playing without Damian Lillard – lost their third consecutive game, despite a game-high 37 points from CJ McCollum.

After scoring 10 points on debut, 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, the New Orleans Pelicans upstaged the Phoenix Suns 124-121 on the road.

Brandon Ingram (28), JJ Redick (26) and Jrue Holiday (23) combined for 77 points in Phoenix, where the Pelicans extended their winning streak to three games.

Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 25 points, while Devin Booker had 19 of his own.

 

Rockets at Clippers

On a day the Los Angeles Lakers travel to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Boston Celtics take on the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers host the slumping San Antonio Spurs, Friday's showdown in Los Angeles stands out. Barring anymore load management, it will be the Clippers' Kawhi Leonard and Paul George against Houston Rockets pair James Harden and Russell Westbrook.

Carmelo Anthony maintained an optimistic outlook despite tasting defeat on his Portland Trail Blazers debut on Tuesday.

The 10-time NBA All-Star managed just 10 points after going four-of-14 from the field in a 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

But the 35-year-old forward was delighted to be back in the action after a frustrating time with the Houston Rockets.

"It felt great just to be back into the flow of the game, be back on the court, be back to where I think I belong," Anthony said.

"Just being back out there with the guys again. I think most of all the routine – team bus, team lunch, being around the guys in the locker room – just the routine I've been used to for 17 years now ... so getting back into that. As far as the game goes, it felt good to be back out there.

"As far as conditioning, though, I felt absolutely great out there. There were minor things, but it was more of the flow of things, and getting used to how the team plays and sets and getting used to the guys on the team."

Blazers coach Terry Stotts, whose side have lost 10 of their 15 games, was also content with Anthony's maiden outing.

"To be honest, I thought he looked good," he said. "I thought offensively he got looks, he got good looks at the basket.

"I thought he got fouled at least two or three times taking it strong to the basket. He then came away empty, so that kind of affected his [stat] line.

"But I thought, for having a morning shoot-around, I thought it was pretty good."

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