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NBA wrap up: LeBron's Lakers snap skid, Jazz upstage Clippers

By Sacha Pisani
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Los Angeles, Dec 29: LeBron James led the way as the Los Angeles Lakers ended a four-game losing streak with a 128-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA.

James posted a double-double to snap the Lakers' season-long winless run away to the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

In doubt with a groin problem, James took to the court and scored 21 points and tallied 16 assists for the Lakers in Portland.

Kyle Kuzma put up 24 points and Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis added 20 points.

Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard had a game-high 31 points as Portland lost their third consecutive game.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers lost 120-107 at home to the Utah Jazz.

Paul George had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kawhi Leonard recorded 19 points, but the Clippers went down to the visiting Jazz – who were led by Donovan Mitchell's 30 points.

Doncic delivers another triple-double

It was the Luka Doncic show as the Dallas Mavericks star had 31 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds in just 30 minutes. His ninth triple-double of the season led the Mavericks past the Golden State Warriors 141-121. Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell finished with 35 points and nine three-pointers.

James Harden starred with 44 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 108-98.

Joel Embiid posted 35 points and 11 rebounds but the Philadelphia 76ers suffered a heartbreaking 117-116 overtime loss to the Miami Heat.

Defending champions the Toronto Raptors topped the Boston Celtics 113-97 thanks to Kyle Lowry's 30 points. Serge Ibaka contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds.

DeMar DeRozan (29 points) and LaMarcus Aldridge (25 points, 12 rebounds) combined to help the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 136-109.

Fultz falters

Former number one pick Markelle Fultz has shown glimpses of his talent this season. However, Fultz was just one of 10 from the floor in 30 minutes of action. He finished with just four points as the Orlando Magic went down 111-100 to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Happy Holidays

Jrue, Justin and Aaron Holiday made history in the New Orleans Pelicans' 120-98 victory against the Indiana Pacers. It was the first time in the NBA three brothers shared the court at the same time.

Saturday's results

Denver Nuggets 119-110 Memphis Grizzlies

Toronto Raptors 113-97 Boston Celtics

New Orleans Pelicans 120-98 Indiana Pacers

Miami Heat 117-116 Philadelphia 76ers (OT)

Chicago Bulls 116-81 Atlanta Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers 94-88 Minnesota Timberwolves

New York Knicks 107-100 Washington Wizards

Houston Rockets 108-98 Brooklyn Nets

San Antonio Spurs 136-109 Detroit Pistons

Dallas Mavericks 141-121 Golden State Warriors

Milwaukee Bucks 111-100 Orlando Magic

Phoenix Suns 112-110 Sacramento Kings

Los Angeles Lakers 128-120 Portland Trail Blazers

Utah Jazz 120-107 Los Angeles Clippers

Mavs at Lakers

Doncic and the Mavericks will travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to face James and the Lakers in a Western Conference showdown.

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Story first published: Sunday, December 29, 2019, 12:00 [IST]
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