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NBA ROUND-UP: Lakers suffer TENTH loss of the season against the Kings without injured LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers lost a nail biter against the Sacramento Kings that looked like it could have gone either way until the final minutes.

The Lakers were without Lebron James who sat out the game after injuring his abductor on Wednesday night against the Clippers.

Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Russell Westbrook recorded 21 points and 11 assist off the bench.

Neither of these efforts were enough to overcome a Sacramento side lead by De’Aaron Fox’s 32 points, 12 assist, and seven rebounds.

It remains unclear if James will be available when the Lakers face the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost a nail biter against the Sacramento Kings in the final minutes

The Los Angeles Lakers lost a nail biter against the Sacramento Kings in the final minutes 

LeBron James sat out the game after injuring his abductor on Wednesday against the Clippers

LeBron James sat out the game after injuring his abductor on Wednesday against the Clippers

KNICKS 121, PISTONS 112

RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Jalen Brunson added 26, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Detroit Pistons, 121-112, on Friday night.

Julius Randle chipped in 21 points for the Knicks, who have won two of their last three games.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 25 and Alec Burks had 17 for Detroit, who have now lost five of their last six games.

The Pistons are now 0-7 on the road this season.

New York Knicks' Julius Randle (30) dunks in front of Detroit Pistons' Isaiah Stewart (28) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in New York. The Knicks won 121-112. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Knicks’ Julius Randle (30) dunks in front of Detroit Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart (28) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in New York. The Knicks won 121-112. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

CELTICS 131, NUGGETS 112

Grant Williams dubbed himself ‘Batman’ after he helped the Boston Celtics neutralize Nuggets star Nikola ‘Joker’ Jokic during a win in Denver late last season.

The Celtics relied on their offense to keep the reigning back-to-back MVP from getting his revenge. Jayson Tatum had 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Boston extended its season-best win streak to five games by beating Denver 131-112 on Friday night.

It was Tatum´s third straight game with at least 30 points and seventh time with 30-plus this season. Boston had just seven turnovers and shot 57 percent from the field with 16 3-pointers. Jaylen Brown had 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

‘It’s just a lot of fun right now on the offensive end,’ said Al Horford, who had six 3-pointers and finished 21 points and seven rebounds. ‘Guys are really conscious of understanding of what coach wants and what he expects. He wants good spacing and we’re doing a good job of getting to those positions.’

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after making a three-pointer during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) reacts after making a three-pointer during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

SPURS 111, BUCKS 93

Keldon Johnson scored 29 points, and the San Antonio Spurs stopped a five-game skid by topping the banged-up Milwaukee Bucks 111-93 on Friday night.

Devin Vassell had 22 points in San Antonio’s first win since October 30. Jakob Poeltl added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee played without Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, Kris Middleton, Pat Connaughton, Grayson Allen, Joe Ingles and A.J. Green due to health issues.

San Antonio Spurs' Doug McDermott celebrates a three-point basket during the second half of game against the Milwaukee Bucks

San Antonio Spurs’ Doug McDermott celebrates a three-point basket during the second half of game against the Milwaukee Bucks

ORLANDO MAGIC 114, SUN 97

Wendell Carter Jr. had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic beat the Phoenix Suns 114-97 on Friday night.

Terrence Ross scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as Orlando earned a second straight win for the first time this season.

‘We´ve been locked in and dialed in,’ Ross said. ‘Even with all the injuries we´ve had, we´ve been playing together. It’s a next-man-up mentality.’

Franz Wagner had 17 points, Jalen Suggs scored 16 and Bol Bol collected a career-high 15 rebounds.

Cameron Payne scored 22 points for the Suns, who played a second straight game without injured guard Chris Paul. Devin Booker had 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting.

Phoenix shot 40 percent overall and made just 13 of 42 3-point shots.

Wendell Carter Jr.  of the Orlando Magic shoots a three-pointer in the first half of a game against the Phoenix Suns at Amway Center

Wendell Carter Jr.  of the Orlando Magic shoots a three-pointer in the first half of a game against the Phoenix Suns at Amway Center

THUNDER 132, RAPTORS 113

Eugene Omoruyi scored a career-high 22 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 132-113 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak.

Omoruyi, a two-way player in his second year, made 8 of 10 field goals in a reserve role.

Shai Gilgeous Alexander scored 20 points and Josh Giddey added 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for the Thunder, who posted their largest margin of victory this season.

Pascal Siakam, Toronto’s top scorer, sat out with a right adductor strain. Chris Boucher led the Raptors with 20 points and 12 rebounds in a reserve role and Scottie Barnes and Fred Van Vleet each added 15 points.

Eugene Omoruyi drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Christian Koloko (35) during the second half at Paycom Center.

Eugene Omoruyi drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors forward Christian Koloko (35) during the second half at Paycom Center.

GRIZZLIES 114, TIMBERWOLVES 103

Ja Morant had 28 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 114-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Desmond Bane finished with 24 points and five assists for Memphis, while Dillon Brooks scored 21. Brandon Clarke added 15 points, making all six of his shots as the Grizzlies won their fifth in the last six.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 28 points, making 10 of 16 shots, including 3 of 4 from outside the arc. Jayden McDaniels had 15 points, while Rudy Gobert also had 15 points, making all five of his shots. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The game was the first between the two teams since last postseason’s spirited first-round playoff series won by the Grizzlies in six games.

The Timberwolves have added Gobert to the frontline with Towns. The duo and Minnesota have struggled lately, losing six of seven.

Ja Morant (12) shoots for three as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) defends during the first half at FedExForum.

Ja Morant (12) shoots for three as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels (3) defends during the first half at FedExForum.

WARRIORS 106, CAVALIERS 101 

Stephen Curry hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, a go-ahead layup moments later off a perfect, long pass by Kevon Looney, then one more dagger 3 on the way to 40 points, rallying the Golden State Warriors past the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-101 on Friday night.

Donovan Mitchell had 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Cleveland, but went down hard grabbing at his right ankle in the waning moments. He got up and hit a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds left.

Curry extended his NBA record to 200 straight regular-season games with at least one 3-pointer and shot 6 of 11 from deep.

Evan Mobley had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Cleveland dropped a third straight following an eight-game winning streak.


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