LeBron hurt as Lakers rip Warriors...Celts outlast Sixers...Bucks dump Knicks...Harden leads Rockets
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) scored a team-high 19 points and the Los Angeles Lakers won at Golden State for the first time in 12 tries by blasting the Warriors, 127-101. The Lakers finished the game without LeBron James, who had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before suffering a strained left groin 4:09 into the second half. James slipped under the Golden State basket while trying for a loose ball.
BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving provided 40 points and 10 rebounds as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers, 121-114 in overtime. Irving tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation and nailed back-to-back 3-pointers in OT to put the Celtics ahead to stay. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) led with 34 points and 16 rebounds for the Sixers, who were ahead 113-108 with 3:33 remaining.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks were winners in their first Christmas Day game in 41 years as Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered a game-high 30 points and a team-best 14 rebounds in a 109-95 downing of the Knicks in New York. Antetokounmpo dropped in 11 points while Milwaukee outscored New York 36-22 in the third quarter to take an 84-65 lead into the final period. Brook Lopez finished with 20 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 17 in Milwaukee’s fifth win in six games.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden poured in 40 points and Clint Capela had a double-double as the Houston Rockets won for the seventh time in eight games, 113-109 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harden scored at least 40 points for the seventh straight game and became the first player to score 40 or more points on Christmas since Kevin Durant had 44 for the Thunder in 2010. Capela had 16 points and tied a season high with 23 rebounds to help the Rockets take over the Southwest Division lead despite an 11-14 start.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz won for the fifth time in their last six home games behind Rudy Gobert’s (goh-BEHRZ’) 18 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in a 117-96 romp over Portland. Donovan Mitchell added 19 points and Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points, seven boards and five assists to help the Jazz beat the Blazers for the second time in five days. Damian Lillard had a team-high 20 points for Portland, which shot just 39 percent.