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James ties Bird with 59th triple-double

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(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- LeBron James looked up to Larry Bird. Lonzo Ball looked up to James.

It all came full circle in Cleveland on Thursday, when James tied Bird for sixth all-time in triple-doubles and the Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112 in Ball's first game against one of his idols.

James' 59th triple-double in 15 seasons consisted of 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Bird reached 59 in 13 seasons with the Celtics.


Porzingis hurts knee as Knicks top Nets

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- By halftime, Courtney Lee was aware Kristaps Porzingis was feeling some left knee pain and New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek needed someone to step up.

Lee proved to be the player ready to get things done for the Knicks.


Short-handed Warriors push run to 8

(TSX / STATS) -- OAKLAND, Calif. -- Harrison Barnes returned to his first NBA home Thursday night with 16 points and seven rebounds, reminding his old fans what they've missed the last two seasons.

At the same time, Kevin Durant reminded them why Barnes is no longer around.


Towns has 30 and 14, Wolves rout Kings

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has grown tired of answering questions about the high number of minutes his starting lineup has played in recent weeks.

Thursday's lopsided win should help quiet those questions, at least temporarily.


F Green among many Warriors out vs. Mavs

(TSX / STATS) -- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green added his name to a growing list of injured teammates in being ruled out for Thursday's home game against the Dallas Mavericks, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Green is nursing a sore right shoulder that also held him out of Monday's 111-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year is averaging 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds this season.


Pistons beat Hawks to snap 7-game skid

(TSX / STATS) -- ATLANTA -- The Detroit Pistons used a near triple-double by Andre Drummond and some improved 3-point shooting to snap their seven-game losing streak Thursday night.

Drummond had 19 rebounds to go with 12 points and nine assists, and the Pistons made 13 of 30 shots from behind the arc in a 105-91 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.


Rockets F Mbah a Moute out 2-3 weeks

(TSX / STATS) -- Luc Mbah a Moute may have dodged a bullet with his shoulder injury.

An MRI exam on Mbah a Moute's right shoulder revealed no significant damage and the Houston Rockets forward could return within two to three weeks, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday.


Bucks' Teletovic out with clots in lungs

(TSX / STATS) -- Milwaukee Bucks forward Mirza Teletovic will be sidelined at least 10 more days after being diagnosed with blood clots in both lungs, the team announced Thursday.

Teletovic has been rehabbing from last month's knee surgery and he experienced heavy fatigue earlier this week, which concerned team physicians.


Paul has 31 as Rockets extend run to 11

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Earlier in the week, Houston Rockets guard James Harden insisted that backcourt mate Chris Paul assert himself offensively. On Wednesday night, Paul required no such prodding.

Paul ran roughshod with the second unit, and Houston parlayed a run bridging the first and second quarters into a 108-96 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Toyota Center.


George quiet in Indy return but OKC wins

(TSX / STATS) -- INDIANAPOLIS -- On a night when Oklahoma City's big three of Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook all struggled from the field, the Thunder's Steven Adams was on target.

"He was great," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. "He kept fighting for offensive rebounds and kept so many plays alive. He rim-protected and rolled to the basket. Those guys have confidence throwing the ball to him. Steven has gotten better finishing, but he's also gotten better at passing the ball out."