LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points and LeBron James had 22 before both sat out the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ third home victory in four days, 120-96 over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and JaVale McGee had 14 points and eight rebounds in three quarters of work for the Lakers. They have won 12 of 16 since their 2-5 start to James’ first season on the West Coast.
Michael Beasley scored a season-high 14 points as the Lakers fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter, yet still made easy work of last-place Phoenix.
Richaun Holmes scored 15 points, and Josh Jackson and Trevor Ariza scored 13 apiece for the Suns. They have lost five straight to fall to 4-19.
SPURS 131, TRAIL BLAZERS 118
In San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan had a season-high 36 points and San Antonio overcame a big game by Damian Lillard, rebounding from a pair of lopsided losses to beat Portland.
The Spurs held a practice Saturday morning following consecutive losses of 39 points and 31 points and the team responded with its highest point total in two weeks.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points and Rudy Gay had 18 as the Spurs snapped a two-game skid. Lillard scored 37 points for Portland, and C.J. McCollum had 24.
MAVERICKS 114, CLIPPERS 110
In Dallas, Harrison Barnes scored 30 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith tipped in a rebound with 35 seconds remaining to give Dallas the lead for good against Los Angeles.
Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 23 rebounds in his first game against his former team. Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points to lead the Clippers.
HEAT 102, JAZZ 100
Dwyane Wade made a pair of free throws with 3.2 seconds left, and Miami rallied from down 19 early to beat Utah.