LeBron James scored 46 points but the Los Angeles Clippers continued their recent dominance over the Los Angeles Lakers with a 133-115 win on Tuesday.
The Clippers have won 10 straight wins over the Lakers and have a 36-9 record in recent seasons. The win moves the Clippers to fifth in the West with a record of 26-24, while the Lakers are 22-26 and 13th in the West.
The Clippers’ leading goal was Paul George, who as a team scored 19 three-pointers with a 50 percent shooting percentage while leading with 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting, adding nine rebounds and four assists.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks as the Clippers regained form for a third straight win and could receive further reinforcements as Luke Kennard (calf) and John Wall (belly pull) closed on the case returns.
James was exceptional for the Lakers, shooting 16-of-29 from the game with nine-of-14 three-pointers, as well as eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one block.
The four-time 46-point NBA MVP brings him 177 points closer to equaling Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time record of 38,387 points.
James appeared to be set for a 50-point game, scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter before the Clippers finished 8-0 and sent James to the bench for good with five minutes remaining.
Another triple-double as Jokic calls the game
Nikola Jokic scored the winning goal with 16.2 seconds left to record his 15th triple-double of the season in the Denver Nuggets’ 99-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Jokic and Jamal Murray were separated on the stretch before teaming up for a crucial two points, ending the Serbian’s game with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, further adding weight to his claim to a third consecutive MVP, which would be a first appearance since Larry Bird in 1984-86.
Murray added 25 points, shooting 11-of-21 with seven assists for Denver, while CJ McCollum scored the most for the Pels with 20, but hit zero with eight from three-point range.
The Celtics are losing one after another
The underpowered Miami Heat struggled from 14 points down, inflicting back-to-back defeats on the Boston Celtics as they won 98-95.
Bam Adebayo had the most points with 30 points and 15 rebounds for Miami, which was without Jimmy Butler due to a back injury. The Heat tied the game at 87-87 in the fourth quarter after a 10-0 series before winning their sixth consecutive home game.
Jayson Tatum, who had 31 points and 14 rebounds, threw a pass that was intercepted by Tyler Herro in the last minute before Payton Pritchard missed a desperate three-pointer on the buzzer.