Anthony Davis scored 23 points and nine rebounds while host Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 108-95 on Sunday night at the Staples Center.
December 29, 2019; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) moves the ball against Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points, converting 5 of 9 shots and 4 of 5 3 pointers, off the bench for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard scored all 15 of his points in the first half. On the eve of his 35th birthday, LeBron James finished with 13 points and 13 assists.
Luka Doncic, who entered the competition as the NBA’s third scorer with 29.1 points per game, scored 19 out of 5 points out of 14 by shooting with seven assists. It was 0 times 6 out of 3 pointers. Delon Wright added 14 points from the bench, while Kristaps Porzingis scored 11 points on throws from 4 to 10.
The Mavericks frightened in the second quarter when Doncic crashed on the floor after being contaminated by Howard as he headed for the bucket. He left the game with 2:02 left in the fourth, but returned for the second half.
Thunder 98, Raptors 97
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander equaled his career with 32 points – including the jumper with 36 seconds remaining – while visiting Oklahoma City aboard Toronto.
Chris Paul scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half when the Thunder won his fifth consecutive game in Toronto and the sixth in his last seven games in total. Paul added 11 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 20 points for the Raptors. Patrick McCaw added 13 points and Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with 14 rebounds.
Grizzlies 117, Hornets 104
Dillon Brooks scored 20 points and Memphis found numerous sources of offense to defeat visiting Charlotte.
Brandon Clarke scored 18 points, Jonas Valanciunas was 16, Grayson Allen scored a season score with 15 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. gave 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Memphis shot 17-for-17 with free throws.
The unripe hornets have lost five games in a row. Malik Monk led Charlotte with 18 points off the bench, while PJ Washington and Devonte ‘Graham both entered with 16.
Pelicans 127, Missiles 112
Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball scored 27 points each, while host New Orleans defeated Houston short-handed.
Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore added 25 each and Derrick Favors scored 12 points and 16 rebounds while the pelicans won for the fifth time in six games. They overtook the Rockets 41-19 in the fourth quarter.
The Rockets played without James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Coach Mike D’Antoni said that Harden, with an average of the best 38.3 points in the league, could have played but was kept out to rest a sprained toe and a sore knee. Westbrook was idle on the back of a back-to-back after host Houston beat New Jersey 108-98 on Saturday.
Nuggets 120, King 115
Debutant Michael Porter Jr. had scored 19 points in his first season, Will Barton also had 19 points and the host Denver delivered the seventh consecutive defeat to Sacramento.
Jerami Grant scored 18, Nikola Jokic was 17, Mason Plumlee was 15 off the bench and Jamal Murray had 13 points and seven assists for Denver, who played without guard Gary Harris (bruised left shin) and striker Paul Millsap ( contusion of the left knee).
Nemanja Bjelica scored 27 points, Buddy Hield scored 20, De’Aaron Fox added 18 points and 13 assists, and Richaun Holmes also scored 18 points for the kings.
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