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NBA: Sabonis passes Jokic in triple-doubles as Kings win

By Sports Desk February 10, 2024

Domantas Sabonis notched his league-leading 16th triple-double of the season and Malik Monk scored 23 points to lead the Sacramento Kings to a 135-106 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Sabonis had 17 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double in four games to break a tie with Denver’s Nikola Jokić for the NBA triple-doubles lead.

Sabonis is attempting to become the second Kings player in the Sacramento era to lead the league in triple-doubles. Chris Webber shared the league lead of five with Jason Kidd during the 1999-2000 season.

Nikola Jokić scored 23 points and Aaron Gordon added 14 for the Nuggets, who had a three-game winning streak stopped and missed a chance to jump Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference.

 

Tatum, Brown power Celtics

Jayson Tatum had 35 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and Kristaps Porzingis added 34 points and 11 boards to lead the Boston Celtics to their league-leading 40th win of the season, 133-129 over the Washington Wizards.

Jrue Holiday had 20 points and Jaylen Brown was right behind with 18 as the Celtics reached 40 wins the fastest in a season since the 2008-09 team did it in 49 games.

Deni Avdija tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds and Corey Kispert also scored 24 for the Wizards, who have lost five straight and 11 of 13 games.

 

Lakers start fast in win over Pelicans

D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points and the Los Angeles Lakers put up 87 first-half points in a 139-122 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

Austin Reaves had 27 points and LeBron James added 21 with 14 assists for the Lakers, who tied a franchise record with 51 points in the second quarter. Russell scored 21 in the first half and all five starters had at least 12 while the Lakers hit 11 3-pointers and 67.4 percent of their overall shots.

Zion Williamson had 30 points and Brandon Ingram contributed 22 as the Pelicans saw their four-game winning streak snapped.

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