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Davis explodes, lifts Lakers past Thunder

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. (AP)

Dallas 143, Cleveland 101

LA Lakers 130, OKC 127

Philadelphia 115, San Antonio 104

Denver 96, Boston 92

Detroit 128, Atlanta 103

Utah 113, Golden State 109

Washington 125, Charlotte 118

Miami 116, Chicago 108

Brooklyn 116, Sacramento 97

LA Clippers 122, Houston 119

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Anthony Davis scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 130-127, on Friday night.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. (AP)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. (AP)

Davis also had 11 rebounds and seven assists, and LeBron James added 23 points and 14 assists. The Lakers have won six in a row to improve the best record in the NBA to 13-2.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points and Steven Adams added 22 for the Thunder. They have lost five of six.

Los Angeles guard Rajon Rondo was ejected early in the fourth quarter after a kick to Dennis Schroder’s groin area.

MAVS 143, CAVS 101

In Dallas, Luka Doncic had 30 points and 14 assists with former Dallas teammate Dirk Nowitzki watching as a retiree for the first time.

Nowitzki stayed away for the first eight Dallas home games after setting an NBA record of 21 seasons with the same franchise while finishing last season as the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history. The big German got a standing ovation when shown on the video board in the first quarter from his courtside seat next to owner Mark Cuban.

Rookie Darius Garland scored a career-high 23 points for Cleveland.


In Denver, Jamal Murray hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining and scored 22 points and the Denver beat Boston in a game overshadowed by a head injury to Celtics guard Kemba Walker.

Walker collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye late in the second quarter, striking Ojeleye’s abdomen area head-first and going down on to the court in a heap. In a tweet, the Celtics said Walker has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and was transported to a hospital for further evaluation.

Nikola Jokic added 18 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets. They improved to 8-0 this season when holding an opponent to fewer than 100 points.

Jaylen Brown had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.

76ERS 115, SPURS 104

In Philadelphia, Tobias Harris scored 26 points, Joel Embiid had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Philadelphia handed San Antonio its eighth straight loss — the Spurs’ longest under longtime coach Gregg Popovich.

Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 10 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.

San Antonio last dropped eight in a row in November 1996 under coach Bob Hill. Popovich was the team’s general manager at the time. He fired Hill later that season and began his long run of success.

DeMar DeRozan had 29 points for the Spurs.


In Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Mike Conley had 27 to help Utah beat undermanned Golden State.

Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points for the Jazz, and Rudy Gobert had 19 rebounds and seven blocks. Utah shot 51% from the field and outrebounded Golden State 48-37.

Golden State rallied from a 21-point deficit and cut it to 111-109 with 22.8 seconds left on back-to-back baskets from Burks and Robinson. Mitchell and Conley each hit a free throw in the final seconds to seal it.

Alec Burks scored 20 points for the Warriors.


In Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Detroit had its highest-scoring first half since 1983.

Detroit led 76-57 at halftime, and the Pistons reached 100 points with over 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. t was the most points in the first half for the Pistons since they scored 77 on Dec. 2, 1983, also against the Hawks.

Atlanta has dropped five straight, and the Hawks allowed at least 120 points for the eighth game in a row.

Blake Griffin scored 24 points. DeAndre’ Bembry led Atlanta with 22 points.


In Washington, Bradley Beal had 30 points and 12 assists, Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 11 rebounds and Washington overcame a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Charlotte.

Davis Bertans had 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers to help the Wizards win two in a row for the first time this season.

Miles Bridges scored a career-high 31 points for Charlotte.

HEAT 116, BULLS 108

In Chicago, Jimmy Butler had 27 points against his former team and Miami beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory.

Butler played for the Bulls from 2011-17. He was 7 of 10 from the field and had seven assists and five rebounds. Bam Adebayo added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Kendrick Nunn scored 13 of his 21 points in the first quarter to help Miami improve to 11-3.

Zach Lavine led the Bulls with 15 points.

NETS 116, KINGS 97

In New York Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points and Joe Harris added 22 in Brooklyn’s victory over Sacramento.

Garrett Temple finished with 18 points, Jared Allen had 11 points and nine rebounds, and DeAndre Jordan added 10 rebounds.

Harrison Barnes led the Kings with 18 points. Buddy Hield had 16.

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