NBA roundup: Lebron stars as Lakers tame Mavericks

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Lebron James (23) goes for a lay-up against the Dallas Mavericks

LeBron James had 35 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists to lead the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to their seventh straight win with a 129-114 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Kyle Kuzma started in place of Anthony Davis and scored a season-high 26 points for the Lakers.

Davis, the leading scorer (27.1 points per game) and rebounder (9.4 boards per game) for the Lakers, sat out after picking up an injury against the visiting New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Dallas forward Luka Doncic, who came in third in the NBA in both scoring (29.6 ppg) and assists (9.0 per game), got off to a slow start before finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. However, he committed a game-high six turnovers.

Tim Hardaway Jr. added 22 points for the Mavericks, who have dropped five of seven, and Seth Curry scored 16 off the bench.

Milwaukee Bucks 127 – 106 Sacramento Kings

Khris Middleton recorded 27 points and 11 rebounds to help Milwaukee post a victory over hosts Sacramento. The Bucks (34-6) achieved the top 40-game start in franchise history, one win better than the 1970-71 team led by Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Khris Middleton (22) shots a jumper over Sacramento Kings Shooting guard Buddy Hield (24)

Eric Bledsoe scored 24 points and Donte DiVincenzo added a career-high 18 for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 13 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Sterling Brown had 11 points and a season-best 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.

De’Aaron Fox registered 19 points, 10 assists and four steals, and Harrison Barnes also scored 19 points for the Kings, who lost to the Bucks for the seventh straight time.

Buddy Hield tallied 16 points, Nemanja Bjelica added 12 points and 13 rebounds, Trevor Ariza contributed 11 points and nine rebounds and Harry Giles III had 10 points.

Los Angeles Clippers 109 – 100 Golden State Warriors

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 of his 36 points in the second half, leading Los Angeles to a come-from-behind victory over visiting Golden State.

Kawhi Leonard guarded by Los Angeles Clippers team members

The Clippers overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit despite playing without All-Star Paul George, who sat out after aggravating a left hamstring strain in practice earlier this week.

George, who initially sustained the injury against the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 2, is also expected to miss Los Angeles’ road game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Leonard, who converted 14 of 25 shots from the floor, also had nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Lou Williams scored 21 points for the Clippers.

Omari Spellman and Glenn Robinson III scored 17 apiece for the Warriors, who lost for the seventh consecutive game. Alec Burks added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

Other NBA results

Phoenix Suns 98 – 94 Orlando Magic

Memphis Grizzlies 134 – 121 San Antonio Spurs

Brooklyn Nets 117 – 113 Miami Heat

New Orleans Pelicans 123 – 111 New York Knicks

Washington Wizards 111 – 101 Atlanta Hawks

Indiana Pacers 116 – 105 Chicago Bulls

Utah Jazz 109 – 92 Charlotte Hornets

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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