The Los Angeles Lakers nosed out the Sacramento Kings 136-134 for their fifth consecutive victory, while Luka Doncic registered a triple-double in Dallas Mavericks’ 127-117 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.
Lakers star LeBron James contributed 37 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Dennis Schroder made two free throws with 3.6 seconds to play and finished with 27 points. Thomas Bryant had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who improve to 19-21 with their sixth victory in seven games.
Both teams tied at halftime and after three quarters. The Lakers led by nine midway through the final period, but had to fight until the last second to win.
De’Aaron Fox, who had 34 points and nine assists for the Kings, missed a half-court shot at the buzzer. Domantas Sabonis had 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists, but fouled out with 48.1 seconds left.
Doncic had 34 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his ninth triple-double of the season. Christian Wood helped with 28 points.
Dallas went ahead 34-15 at the end of the first quarter, and never looked back from there en route to its eighth win in the last nine matches.
New Orleans played without its three leading scorers, Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum. Jonas Valanciunas led the Pelicans with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
In Chicago, Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan combined for 71 points as the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 126-118.
The Orlando Magic handed defending champions Golden State Warriors a rare home defeat 115-101, with top draft pick Paolo Banchero scoring 25 points to lead five Magic players in double figures.
Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, including a tie-breaking jumper with 33.7 seconds remaining, as the Boston Celtics held off the San Antonio Spurs 121-116.