Basketball: Nuggets trounce Lakers as LeBron has off night, Raptors beat Grizzlies for sixth straight win

Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (right) drives to the basket against Trey Lyles of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on Nov 27, 2018.
Lebron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (right) drives to the basket against Trey Lyles of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on Nov 27, 2018.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(REUTERS) - Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 20, as hosts Denver routed Los Angeles on Tuesday (Nov 27) night.

Malik Beasley also had 20 points to establish a career high, and Nikola Jokic had 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Nuggets. Denver has won four straight after dropping six of its previous seven.

The Lakers were five of 35 from behind the three-point arc and shot just 39.1 per cent overall. Kyle Kuzma, who led Los Angeles with 21 points, was one-for-seven from long range, and LeBron James missed all four of his three-point attempts. James finished with 14 points and seven rebounds on five-of-15 shooting.

Raptors 122, Grizzlies 114

Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, including 15 in the second half, and the visiting Toronto Raptors overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kawhi Leonard added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who won their sixth game in a row.

Fred VanVleet was six-for-six from the field for 18 points off the bench - 14 in the second half - for the Raptors. Serge Ibaka and Danny Green contributed 16 and 14 points respectively in a balanced outing for the Raptors offence.

Marc Gasol led Memphis with 27 points, and Mike Conley added 20 points. Precocious rookie Jaren Jackson Jr - the youngest player in the NBA - scored just four points on four shots in a foul-plagued outing. He was coming off a career-high seven blocks in his previous game.

Pacers 109, Suns 104

Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, seven on the offensive glass, to lead Indiana to a win at Phoenix.

With the game tied at 104 with under a minute to play, Bojan Bogdanovic, the league's top three-point shooter, cashed in from the corner to give the Pacers a 107-104 lead. After Devin Booker just missed a three-point try, Darren Collison was fouled and made two free throws to clinch the game for Indiana with 12 seconds left.

Six players scored in double figures for the Pacers, who also got 21 points from Doug McDermott. TJ Warren paced the Suns with 25 points, and rookie Deandre Ayton recorded his 12th double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Hawks 115, Heat 113

Rookie Trae Young had a double-double with 17 points and 10 assists as Atlanta edged hosts Miami.

Trailing by two points, the Heat had the ball after a timeout with 14.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. However, Dwyane Wade, coming off a 35-point game, passed up an open jumper on the left wing and got the ball to Josh Richardson, whose three-point attempt missed off the front rim to end the game.

Miami, which has lost six consecutive home games, were led by Richardson, who scored nine of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Atlanta won its second straight game and also snapped a seven-game road losing skid.

Pistons 115, Knicks 108

Blake Griffin scored 30 points, and Detroit continued its success at home at New York's expense.

Griffin produced his sixth 30-point game of the season as Detroit shot 47.5 per cent, controlled the paint by a 56-38 margin and posted its fourth straight home win. Reserve Stanley Johnson and starter Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points apiece as the Pistons also won for the seventh time in their past nine games overall.

Rookie Allonzo Trier led the Knicks with 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, but New York saw a three-game winning streak end.