Basketball: LeBron James drops 51 as Lakers hammer Heat, wobbling Warriors lose third straight

LeBron James set the record for most points scored by a Lakers player against Miami Heat. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - LeBron James scored a season-high 51 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the host Miami Heat 113-97 on Sunday (Nov 18) night.

James, who won four Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships in four years with Miami, made 19 of 31 shots from the floor, including six of eight three-point attempts. He added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block while making seven of 10 free throws. He set the record for most points scored by a Lakers player against Miami.

In addition, the Lakers were plus-20 during James' 38 minutes on the court. James had 19 points in the first quarter, 28 points at halftime and 42 through three quarters.

Wayne Ellington led Miami with 19 points, and Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson added 17 points each. However, Richardson was upset with the officiating and was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after throwing one of his sneakers into the crowd. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, in support of Richardson, also got hit with a technical foul.

Spurs 104, Warriors 92

LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 20 points, including five in the final three minutes, as San Antonio Spurs defeated visiting Golden State.

Aldridge is averaging a career-best 11.5 rebounds in his 13th NBA season to go with 17.8 points and 2.4 assists.

San Antonio led just 91-90 after a three-pointer by Klay Thompson with 3:38 to play before the Spurs went on a 6-0 run off a basket by DeRozan, a baseline jumper from Aldridge - who followed with a huge blocked shot on the other end - and two free throws from DeRozan that all but finished off the defending NBA champions.

Rudy Gay added 19 points, 15 of them in the first half, for the Spurs, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven outings. Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes scored 12 and 10 points, respectively, for San Antonio.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 26 points but needed 25 shots to get there, making eight, while Thompson added 25 and Quinn Cook tallied 16 for Golden State, who lost their third in a row.

Grizzlies 100, Timberwolves 87

Marc Gasol scored 26 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and made four 3-point shots to lead Memphis to a road win against Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Mike Conley added 18 points and eight assists for the Grizzlies, who have won five of six. The Timberwolves had won three straight since trading Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Reserve guard Derrick Rose kept the Timberwolves in the game, scoring 18 as Minnesota's starting guards Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins went cold with a combined 16 points on seven-of-27 shooting. Rose was six of 11 from the field, including two-for-four from long range. Newly acquired Dario Saric also gave Minnesota a lift off the bench, scoring 14 points.

Trail Blazers 119, Wizards 109

Damian Lillard scored 40 points and CJ McCollum added 25 as visiting Portland held on to defeat Washington.

Portland led by as many as 29 points in the third quarter as Lillard poured in 19 of his points, but the Wizards went on a 10-2 run to pull within 91-70 to start the fourth. The Trail Blazers pushed the lead to 25 on a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer early in the fourth.

Washington's reserves closed strong against the Portland starters, and the Trail Blazers' lead shrank to as few as eight points in the final minute after Kelly Oubre's three-point play. John Wall topped Washington with 24 points.

Magic 131, Knicks 117

Orlando rolled to its third consecutive victory, never trailing visiting New York. Six players scored in double figures for the Magic, led by Aaron Gordon with a season-high 31 points.

Orlando saw its 18-point, first-quarter lead shrink to just one at halftime, but the Magic scored the first six points of the third and were able to hang on for the remainder of the game.

Nikola Vucevic narrowly missed out on a triple-double, finishing with 28 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, and Evan Fournier added 19 points. Tim Hardaway Jr scored 32 points, Trey Burke a season-high 31 and Enes Kanter 21 points and 19 rebounds for the Knicks, who have lost five straight.

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