Russell helps Nets hold off Lakers for 6-game winning streak
NEW YORK (AP) — D’Angelo Russell had 22 points and a career high-tying 13 assists against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets ran the NBA’s longest winning streak to six games by beating the Los Angeles Lakers 115-110 on Tuesday night.
Joe Harris added 19 points and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 for the Nets, who last won six in a row from March 25 to April 3, 2015. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 points and Jared Dudley made some big baskets down the stretch to score 13.
LeBron James bounced back from his lowest-scoring game of the season with 36 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, but the Lakers finished 1-3 on their road trip. Kyle Kuzma had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Lonzo Ball scored 23.
Brooklyn continued its recovery from an eight-game skid by holding on in front of a loud, large crowd that alternated cheering when the Lakers seized the momentum and when the Nets regained it.
At 21-9, the Nuggets matched the 1976-77 squad for the best start through 30 games in the franchise’s NBA history. They also remain on top of the Western Conference by percentage points over Golden State. This is rarefied air for the Nuggets: The last time they had played more than 25 games and were alone in first place in the conference was March 1977.
Murray contributed 22 points for the injury-depleted Nuggets, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Nance Jr.’s buzzer-beating tip-in for Cleveland snapped Indiana’s seven-game winning streak.
Nance finished with 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ third road win of the season. Rodney Hood scored 17 to lead Cleveland (8-23).
The Pacers (20-11) were led by Domantas Sabonis‘ 17 points, but they never took control long enough to pull away. Victor Oladipo missed two free throws with 9.5 seconds left, failing to extend Indiana’s 91-90 lead.
Lin’s big fourth quarter included a dribble fake that sent Thomas Satoransky falling backward, leaving Lin open for a jumper and a 103-93 lead. Lin added a layup on Atlanta’s next possession.
The 33-year-old Ariza was acquired from Phoenix in a trade announced Monday.