Domantas Sabonis had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 105-102 win against the Lakers late on Tuesday in Indianapolis, snapping Los Angeles’ seven-game overall winning streak and 14-game road winning streak.
Myles Turner had 16 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 and T.J. Warren finished with 12 for the Pacers, who stretched their victory streak to four games.
LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, Dwight Howard made all 10 of his field-goal attempts and scored a season-high 20 points, and Avery Bradley added 13 points for the Lakers, who came in with the best record in the NBA at 24-3.
Los Angeles star Anthony Davis sat out after spraining his right ankle on Sunday at Atlanta.
Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 30 points apiece to lead Utah past Orlando in Salt Lake City. The Jazz posted their third straight win and fourth in the past five games.
Joe Ingles added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Rudy Gobert recorded 12 points and 19 boards as Utah beat Orlando for the 14th time in the past 18 meetings. Royce O’Neale added 11 points for the Jazz.
D.J. Augustin scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Evan Fournier added 19 points for the Magic, who have lost four of their past five games. Markelle Fultz tallied 14 points, and Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Final scores Utah Jazz 109 – Orlando Magic 102.
Malik Monk scored 23 points off the bench, 14 in the fourth quarter, and host Charlotte rode a strong fourth quarter to a victory over Sacramento.
The outcome spoiled a productive return for Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, who posted a team-high 19 points as a reserve. Fox, who played for the first time since Nov. 8, had been out with an ankle injury.
Cody Zeller’s 17 points, Marvin Williams’ 16 points and Devonte’ Graham’s 15 points were key for the Hornets, who have won four of their past five games.
Final scores Charlotte Hornets 110 – Sacramento Kings 102.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored six of his game-high 31 points in overtime and Brooklyn handed host New Orleans its franchise-worst 13th straight loss.
Dinwiddie scored at least 20 points for the fifth straight game and his eighth in Brooklyn’s last nine. Joe Harris added 24 points, Jarrett Allen had 12 points and 14 rebounds and David Nwaba scored 12.
Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 21 points.
Final scores Brooklyn Nets 108 – New Orleans Pelicans 101 (OT).
Rookie RJ Barrett scored a season-high 27 points while Marcus Morris Sr. and Mitchell Robinson added 22 apiece for New York, who routed visiting Atlanta.
Julius Randle added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 55.8 per cent from the floor, the first time they reached 50 per cent this season.
Kevin Knox II scored a season-high 17 points, Bobby Portis added 11 points, and Robinson pulled down 13 rebounds to go along with his career-high point total.
Atlanta star Trae Young led all scorers with 42 points, his third 40-point game this season.
Young’s big game was hardly enough as the Hawks dropped their fifth straight contest, fell to 2-16 in their past 18 games and allowed at least 140 points for the third time.
Final scores New York Knicks 143 – Atlanta Hawks 120.
Paul George scored 24 points and Kawhi Leonard added 20, guiding Los Angeles to a victory over visiting Phoenix.
Lou Williams, who returned from a two-game absence caused by a sore calf, had 20 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who are 14-1 at home and winners of five of their past seven contests.
Williams converted 5 of 7 3-point attempts and made 7 of 13 shots from the floor.
Kelly Oubre Jr. had 19 points for the Suns, who lost their fourth consecutive contest. Deandre Ayton, who returned from his 25-game suspension for testing positive for a diuretic, finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, seven of those on the offensive end.
Final scores Los Angeles Clippers 120 – Phoenix Suns 99.