Will Barton scored 23 points, Gary Harris added 19 and the Nuggets snapped their three-game losing streak with a 115-99 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles on Wednesday night despite LeBron James’ move into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list.
James scored 31 points and surpassed Michael Jordan’s 32,292 career points on a driving layup during the second quarter. James’ Lakers erased most an early 23-point deficit before fading in the fourth quarter of their fourth consecutive loss.
Denver (43-21) blew all but two points of its huge early lead, but Harris and Nikola Jokic contributed key baskets down the stretch.
JaVale McGee had 16 points for the Lakers, who played without Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball.
Celtics 111, Kings 109: Gordon Hayward hit a tie-breaking shot with two seconds to play to help visiting Boston overcome the absence of injured Kyrie Irving.
Jazz 114, Pelicans 104: Derrick Favors scored 25 points, Rudy Gobert added 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Utah beat host New Orleans for the second time this season.
Spurs 111, Hawks 104: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 32 points and visiting San Antonio pulled away from Atlanta for its fourth straight victory.
Heat 91, Hornets 84: Kelly Olynyk had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Hassan Whiteside added 18 points and 15 rebounds off the bench and visiting Miami broke a tie for the eighth Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Bulls 108, 76ers 107: Zach LaVine scored 39 points and hit the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds to lead host Chicago to a wild win.
Suns 107, Knicks 96: Devin Booker scored a season-high 41 points and host Phoenix rolled to its fourth victory in five games in a matchup of teams with the NBA’s worst records.
Wizards 132, Mavericks 123: Bradley Beal dunked over 7-foot-2 Salah Mejri and stared him down in the most dramatic part of a 30-point game as host Washington beat Dallas. Dallas’ Luka Doncic had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Pistons 131, Timberwolves 114: Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds and surging Detroit beat visiting Minnesota.
Nets 113, Cavaliers 107: Spencer Dinwiddie scored 12 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and host Brooklyn picked up its second straight win.
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