Ben Simmons had 28 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals to lift hosts the Philadelphia 76ers past the Los Angeles Lakers 108-91 on Saturday, in a game that saw LeBron James pass Kobe Bryant for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Simmons shot 12 of 15 in playing 41 minutes. Tobias Harris scored 29 points and Al Horford had 16 for the Sixers, who improved to 21-2 at home. Matisse Thybulle also contributed five steals.
The Sixers played without Joel Embiid for the 16th time this season, and were also missing Josh Richardson with a strained hamstring.
LeBron James entered the game with 33,626 points, while Bryant sat at 33,643. James had 29 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 31 points.
Brooklyn Nets 121 — 111 Detroit Pistons (OT)
Kyrie Irving poured in 45 points and Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing streak by topping hosts Detroit.
Irving’s output was his highest since scoring 50 points against Minnesota in October during his Nets debut. He added seven assists and six rebounds. Jarrett Allen had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks and Joe Harris tossed in 16 points for Brooklyn.
Derrick Rose led Detroit with 27 points and six assists. Pistons center Andre Drummond, who missed the previous two games supplied 20 points and 21 rebounds.
Utah Jazz 112 — 107 Dallas Mavericks
Rudy Gobert scored 22 points, collected 17 rebounds and blocked five shots to rally Utah to victory over Dallas in Salt Lake City.
Donovan Mitchell scored a team-high 25 points for Utah, while Bojan Bogdanovic added 23 points. Utah won its fourth straight game and is 19-2 over its last 21 games.
Luka Doncic scored 25 points to lead Dallas. Seth Curry added 19 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 15 for the Mavericks, who are 1-2 in their last three after winning four straight.
Other NBA results
Chicago Bulls 118 — 106 Cleveland Cavaliers
Oklahoma City Thunder 113 — 104 Minnesota Timberwolves