LeBron James guided the Los Angeles Lakers to a ninth straight win in the NBA, while the Boston Celtics claimed a victory on Monday. James' 31 points and eight assists saw the Lakers ease past the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-99.
Dwight Howard contributed a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds off the bench as the Lakers improved to 33-7 this season. The Celtics made it back-to-back wins by overcoming the Chicago Bulls 113-101.
Boston had four starters manage double-digits in points, with Jayson Tatum leading the way with 21.
- Gilgeous-Alexander shines as Lillard lifts Trail Blazers -
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game.
Damian Lillard's 30 points and nine assists helped the Portland Trail Blazers past the Charlotte Hornets 115-112. Nikola Vucevic finished with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds in the Orlando Magic's 114-112 win over the Sacramento Kings.
- Misery for Morris -
Markieff Morris went two-of-12 from the field for just seven points in 18 minutes in the Detroit Pistons' 117-110 overtime loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Lillard from deep -
Lillard hit a buzzer-beater from near half-court to finish the third quarter.
- Cavaliers at Clippers -
Things get no easier for the Cavaliers (12-28) as they stay in Los Angeles to face the Clippers (27-13) on Tuesday.