NBA wrap: LeBron James' 59th triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers

A look around the NBA for Thursday night's scores and highlights.

LeBron James was at his imperious best against LA Lakers, recording his fourth triple-double of the season.   -  USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is still king, that much was evident on Thursday during the Cavaliers' 121-112 win over the Lakers.

James recorded his fourth triple-double of the season, marking the most by a player in his 15th season or later in NBA history, by scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. It was also the 59th triple-double in James' career, tying him with Larry Bird for sixth all-time.

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James' heroics helped the Cavaliers (21-8) earn its 16th win in 17 games. After a poor early stretch, it is now second in the Eastern Conference standings.

Kevin Love stepped up on Thursday with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was Love's second straight double-double and sixth in his last eight games.

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 26 points, but rookies Lonzo Ball (13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds) and Kyle Kuzma (20 points, seven rebounds) impressed the most.

The Lakers, loser of seven of its last nine, has played better than its recent form indicates.


Pistons center Andre Drummond flirted with a triple-double on Thursday in a 105-91 win over the Hawks. Drummond scored 12 points with 19 rebounds and eight assists to help Detroit snap its seven-game losing streak.

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 30 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a 119-96 win over the Kings. Jimmy Butler added 21 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.


Nets guard Allen Crabbe scored just four points on 1-of-8 shooting (1 of 7 from beyond the arc) with two rebounds and one assist in a 111-104 loss to the Knicks, which played without Tim Hardaway Jr. and lost Kristaps Porzingis during the game with a knee injury.


Spurs (19-9) at Rockets (22-4) 9:30 p.m. ET — This Texas battle not only features two of the league's best teams, but some of its best players. Kawhi Leonard is back for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge has rediscovered his best form. James Harden is enjoying an MVP-caliber season with Clint Capela and Chris Paul providing elite support.

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