LeBron James is still king, proving that again during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 121-112 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.
James recorded his fourth triple-double of the season, marking the most by a player in his 15th season or later in NBA history, by scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds and 12 assists. It was also the 59th triple-double in James' career, tying him with Larry Bird for sixth all-time.
James' heroics helped the Cavaliers (21-8) earn their 16th win in 17 games. After a poor early stretch, the Cavs are now second in the Eastern Conference standings.
Kevin Love stepped up Thursday with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was Love's second straight double-double and sixth in his last eight games.
Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 26 points, but rookies Lonzo Ball (13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds) and Kyle Kuzma (20 points, seven rebounds) impressed the most.
The Lakers, losers of seven of their last nine, have played better than their recent form indicates.
Pistons center Andre Drummond flirted with a triple-double Thursday in a 105-91 win over the Hawks. Drummond scored 12 points with 19 rebounds and eight assists to help Detroit snap their seven-game losing streak.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 30 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a 119-96 win over the Kings. Jimmy Butler added 21 points with nine assists and seven rebounds.
Nets guard Allen Crabbe scored just four points on one-of-eight shooting (one of seven from beyond the arc) with two rebounds and one assist in a 111-104 loss to the Knicks, who played without Tim Hardaway Jr., and lost Kristaps Porzingis during the game with a knee injury.
THOMPSON STARS FOR WARRIORS
Klay Thompson can do more than just hit three-pointers.
Detroit Pistons 105-91 Atlanta Hawks
New York Knicks 111-104 Brooklyn Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers 121-112 Los Angeles Lakers
Minnesota Timberwolves 119-96 Sacramento Kings
Golden State Warriors 112-97 Dallas Mavericks
SPURS AT ROCKETS
This Texas battle not only features two of the league's best teams, but some of its best players. Kawhi Leonard is back for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge has rediscovered his best form. James Harden is enjoying an MVP-calibre season with Clint Capela and Chris Paul providing elite support.
19. Juli 2018
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|Klopp rejects Henderson´s plea to return early to Liverpool training|
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|Alexis Sanchez hints visa issue sorted as United States trip beckons|
|Kovac an admirer of Pavard, expects James to stay|
|Dzeko happy at Roma and eyeing silverware|
|Eels win basement battle with Bulldogs|
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|Kisner hopes to return Claret Jug favour to Spieth|
|FIBA bans 13 players & two coaches over Philippines-Australia brawl|
|Spieth and Rahm in the mix as Kisner sets the target|
|Monchi insists Roma remain ambitious as Liverpool close in on Alisson|
|Cavendish thanks ´race that shaped career & heart´ after cruel Tour exit|
|No Trent Bridge Ashes Test as England confirm schedule|
|Ajax tell Barcelona not even ´insane´ money will buy De Ligt, De Jong|
|Hamilton agrees two-year Mercedes extension|
|Uran withdraws from Tour after failing to shake off injuries|
|Spieth tees off Open defence|
|Zidane has shown no will to coach France, insists FFF president|
|Risking the curse - Steelers star Brown lands on Madden 19 cover|
|Pogba silenced his critics with World Cup displays – Ibrahimovic|
|Warburton overwhelmed by support following retirement|
|Wilshere excited by tactics of Wenger-like Pellegrini|
|Deschamps never considered France exit prior to World Cup win|
|Persepolis eye Champions League after Iran impress at World Cup|
|Sandy Lyle gets The Open underway at Carnoustie|
|Roosters sign England international Hall|
|Ovechkin, Kim earn major honours at ESPY Awards|
|Owens not ´actively seeking´ to play in NFL again|
|Argentina need Messi – Tevez urges Lionel not to retire|
|Minnesota United 2 New England Revolution 1: Ramirez, Quintero sink stuttering visitors|
|Shaw: I want to be first name on Man United teamsheet|
|Manny Machado dealt to Dodgers|
|Pjanic hails Ronaldo arrival but refuses to confirm Juve future|
|Perotti: Roma can cope without Liverpool-bound Alisson|
|Klopp hopes Liverpool building towards title tilt|
|Karlovic exits as four seeds bow out in Newport|
|Angels clap back at Manfred´s marketing comments on Trout|
|Titans DL Casey will still protest despite new anthem policy|
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18. Juli 2018
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|Anthony Joshua targets ´dream´ fight in Texas|
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|Schwartzman stumbles but Spanish duo reach last eight at Swedish Open|
|Top seeds progress in Bucharest as Larsson conquers Kung|
|Perez promises ´incredible´ signings at Real Madrid|
|Liverpool need a top goalkeeper - Souness|
|It was just an absolute car crash - Root regrets bat-drop celebration|
|Mourinho´s pre-season fears mount with Sanchez sidelined|
|Alisson thanks Roma fans ahead of rumoured Liverpool switch|
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|Odriozola excited by Lopetegui reunion at Real Madrid|
|Revis announces retirement from NFL after 11 seasons|
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|Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors as DeMar DeRozan heads to Spurs|
|Cantona, Rosberg and other surprise retirements after Warburton hangs up his boots|
|No doubting Thomas as he climbs into yellow with stage win|
|Liverpool´s Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss ´vast majority´ of 2018-19|
|Open Championship by far the greatest - Player|
|Sarri wants new central midfielder and hints at Chelsea stay for Cahill|
|Nantes sign former Manchester United full-back Fabio|
|Marcelino rewarded with one-year Valencia extension|