LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored 28 points and the Los Angeles Lakers survived Dwyane Wade’s 15-point performance in the second half of the superstars’ probable final on-court meeting for a 108-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday night.
The game appropriately ended with James guarding Wade, who missed a difficult 3-point attempt in the waning seconds. After the buzzer sounded, they shared a hug and a chat to close perhaps the final joint chapter of two careers that have intersected repeatedly since they entered the NBA together in 2003.
76ERS 116, PISTONS 102
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid scored 24 points in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after a one-game absence.
Jimmy Butler, who had 38 points to lead Philadelphia to a 117-111 victory in Detroit on Friday, exited in the first half with a strained groin and did not return.
Luke Kennard finished with a career-high 28 points for the slumping Pistons (13-12), who have dropped five straight after five consecutive wins.
THUNDER 122, JAZZ 113
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George scored 31 points and Dennis Schroder added 23, helping Oklahoma City to the win.
Steven Adams had 22 points for Oklahoma City in the first meeting between the teams since the Jazz eliminated the Thunder in six games in the first round of last season’s playoffs. Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook was 4 for 18 from the field, but finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Donovan Mitchell battled foul trouble much of the game but led the Jazz with 19 points. Rudy Gobert recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
BOSTON (AP) — Marcus Morris Sr. had a season-high 31 points, making three quick 3-pointers to start the second half, and Jayson Tatum scored 21 to lead a depleted Boston lineup to its sixth straight victory.
With Kyrie Irving, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Aaron Baynes all ill or injured, Jaylen Brown scored 19 points and first-round draft choice Robert Williams III had career highs of seven points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Myles Turner had 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, and Indiana held on for its season-high fourth straight victory.
Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points for the Pacers, who nearly blew a 25-point lead. Darren Collison had 10 points and 17 assists.
Bradley Beal scored 30 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. had a season-high 23 for the Wizards, who played without injured All-Star guard John Wall.
DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Denver, and reserve Monte Morris tied a career high with 20 points.
Morris gave the Nuggets the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 5:22 remaining. Juancho Hernangomez followed with another 3-pointer to give Denver some separation in a tightly contested game that featured 15 lead changes.
SUNS 119, OT
PHOENIX (AP) — Tobias Harris scored 33 points and Patrick Beverley made two free throws with 33.3 seconds left in overtime, sending the Clippers to the road win.
Avery Bradley sealed the Clippers’ 17th victory of the season with a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds left. Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points for Los Angeles.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Milwaukee made 15 3-pointers in the win.
Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting for the Bucks, who rested Giannis Antetokounmpo on the second night of back-to-back games. He was ruled out about an hour before the game with neck soreness.
Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and added six rebounds, but left in the third quarter with a left foot injury. Jaron Blossomgame had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. scored a team-high 16 points.
DALLAS (AP) — Harrison Barnes scored 19 points, rookie Jalen Brunson added a career-high 17 and the Mavericks cruised to the win..
Luka Doncic had 11 rebounds and a season-high nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 shooting performance, finishing with seven points. Dwight Powell had 16 points for the Mavericks.