NBA: Milestones for James, Hammon as Lakers beat Spurs

NBA: Milestones for James, Hammon as Lakers beat Spurs
LeBron James dunks past Spurs defenders in San Antonio, Texas. (Getty Images)
Los Angeles, Dec 31 (Reuters) | Publish Date: 12/31/2020 7:39:27 AM IST

LeBron James scored 26 points, including two key baskets down the stretch, to lead the visiting Los Angeles Lakers to a 121-107 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. On his 36th birthday, James scored in double figures for the 1,000th consecutive game, expanding his NBA-record streak. He added eight assists and five rebounds. Dennis Schroder scored 21 points for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis hit for 20, Wesley Matthews had 18 the Lakers. Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon made history when she took over leading the team after the ejection of head coach Gregg Popovich, who received two technical fouls late in the first half. Hammon became the first woman to take charge of an NBA team.

Dejounte Murray led all scorers with 29 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan scored 23, Patty Mills had 12 and Lonnie Walker IV pitched in 11 points for San Antonio, which was without center LaMarcus Aldridge (sore left knee).

Los Angeles Clippers 128 - Portland Trail Blazers 105

Kawhi Leonard recorded 28 points, seven assists and three steals in his return to the lineup, and he led Los Angeles to a victory over visiting Portland. Paul George added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Los Angeles posted its second straight blowout victory following a franchise-worst, 51-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. CJ McCollum made 7 of 11 3-point attempts while scoring 25 points for the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard scored 20 points but was just 3 of 14 from the field, including missing all eight of his shots from behind the arc.

Boston Celtics 126 - Memphis Grizzlies 107

Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 42 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of Boston’s victory over visiting Memphis. Jayson Tatum scored 16 points and Marcus Smart made four 3-pointers to finish with 14 points for the Celtics, who have won 10 in a row against the Grizzlies. Boston’s last loss to Memphis was a 101-98 decision on Jan. 10, 2016.

Jonas Valanciunas collected 20 points and 11 rebounds and Gorgui Dieng added 17 points for the Grizzlies. Memphis played its first game without Ja Morant (ankle), then saw Grayson Allen limp to the locker room in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle.


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