MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James scored 51 points against his former club and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 113-97 on Sunday night.
James had 19 points in the first quarter to help the Lakers open a big lead.
The 51 points were a season high for James, and the most he’s scored against Miami; he had 47 against the Heat twice. His last shot was a 32-footer with 16 seconds left, capping the 13th 50-point game of his career — including playoffs — and he threw the ball skyward at midcourt when time expired.
It was James’ first time winning against Miami since he left the Heat after the 2014 NBA Finals. He was 0-4 when facing the Heat since.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 18 rebounds and San Antonio Spurs fended off a late rally to beat short-handed Golden State, extending the Warriors’ skid to three games.
DeMar DeRozan had 20 points, and Rudy Gay added 19 to help San Antonio snap a three-game slide.
Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Klay Thompson had 25 for Golden State. The Warriors are 2-5 since an eight-game winning streak.The Warriors were without injured starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, and their absence led to a cold start. Three nights after being held to a season-low output in a 107-86 loss at Houston, the two-time defending NBA champions nearly matched that dubious mark.
TRAIL BLAZERS 119, WIZARDS 109
WASHINGTON (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 40 points, C.J. McCullom added 25 and Portland beat Washington to snap a two-game losing streak and improve to 11-5.