LeBron James recorded his eighth triple-double of the NBA season with 31 points, 12 assists and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Phoenix 117-107 after squandering much of a 36-point lead.
Anthony Davis also scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Staples Center on Wednesday as the Lakers handed the Suns their ninth loss in 11 games.
Phoenix used an 18-4 run to open the fourth quarter to close within 105-97 after a dunk by Deandre Ayton with 4:36 remaining. However, a James layup pushed the lead to 112-103 with 1:19 remaining. The Suns got no closer than seven the rest of the way.
The Lakers took command from the start before their poor performance in the fourth quarter. They hit their first 11 shots from the floor en route to a 29-point lead in the first period and finished the term ahead 43-17, their highest output in a quarter this season.
Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 32 points and 17 rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a 106-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves and give the Bucks (31-5) the best 36-game start in franchise history. The 1971-72 squad led by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar dropped game No. 36 for a 30-6 mark. Khris Middleton added 13 points for Milwaukee, which scored 100 or more points for the 60th straight game.
The only team with a longer streak over the past 30 years is the Houston Rockets, who reached the century mark 61 times in a row during the 2016-17 campaign. Mitchell Robinson was a perfect 11-of-11 from the field as he helped ruin the return of Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden and lead the New York Knicks to a 117-93 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Robinson finished with 22 points while tying the Knicks’ record for the most field-goal makes without a miss.
Bernard King and Johnny Newman were also 11-of-11 from the field in 1984 and 1988 respectively. Anthony, playing at Madison Square Garden for just the second time since he was traded by the Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in September 2017, led the Trail Blazers with 26 points. D.J. Augustin scored a season-high 25 points off the bench and added nine assists as Orlando recorded a 122-101 NBA victory over the Washington Wizards.