NBA: Lakers win Pistons to secure fifth straight victory

Lebron James soars high for a dunk as the Lakers defeat the Pistons at the Staples Centre

LeBron James recorded 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season as the Lakers registered a 106-99 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. It was their fifth consecutive victory.

Anthony Davis added 24 points, 11 rebounds and a season-best eight blocked shots to help the Los Angeles Lakers. Los Angeles blocked 20 shots, one shy of the franchise mark set against the Denver Nuggets on April 9, 1982.

Alex Caruso scored 13 points, Dwight Howard added 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 10 for the Lakers.

JaVale McGee swatted away six shots for Los Angeles, which shot 45.7 percent from the field and was 6 of 20 from 3-point range.

Derrick Rose scored 28 points and reserve Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk added 14 points for the Pistons, who lost for the ninth time in the past 11 games.

Langston Galloway tallied 13 points, Andre Drummond had 12 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots, and Sekou Doumbouya and Christian Wood added 11 points apiece.

Miami Heat 122 – 111 Portland Trail Blazers

Reserve point guard Goran Dragic had his first double-double of the season — 29 points and 13 assists — as Miami ran its home record to 17-1 at the expense of Portland.

Goran Dragic (7) shoots over Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0)

Blazers point guard Damian Lillard scored a game-high 34 points and added 12 assists. Portland centre Hassan Whiteside — playing his first game in Miami since the Heat traded him to the Blazers in July — had 21 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and two blocks.

Miami, which never trailed and improved to 10-0 following a loss, also got 20 points from Bam Adebayo, 19 from Derrick Jones and 14 from Kendrick Nunn.

Los Angeles Clippers 135 – 132 New York Knicks

Montrezl Harrell scored 34 points, and Paul George and Lou Williams had 32 apiece as hosts Los Angeles defeated New York while having three players score at least 30 points in a game for the first time in franchise history.

Montrezl Harrell (5) scored 34 points for the Clippers against the Knicks

Williams connected on 6 of 10 3-pointers and recorded nine assists for the Clippers. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Knicks with 38 points, hitting 6 of 7 3-pointers. RJ Barrett had 24 points, while Julius Randle added 16 points and eight rebounds.

George, who returned after missing Saturday’s defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies with a tight left hamstring, converted 5 of 6 3-pointers and 9 of 14 shots in 26 minutes. He fouled out with 7:06 remaining.

Other NBA results

Memphis Grizzlies 121 – 114 Phoenix Suns

Minnesota Timberwolves 118 – 103 Cleveland Cavaliers


Chidi Nwoke.