James nets new LA mark

LeBron James’revival of the Los Angeles Lakers has notched another milestone moment as the four-time NBA MVP combined with Lonzo Ball to rout the Charlotte Hornets.
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The pair gave the storied franchise multiple triple-doubles in the samegame for only the second time, matching a feat achieved by greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in January 1982.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 128-100 win in Charlotte on Sunday (AEDT).

It was the Lakers’ (18-11) third win in their past four outings and the heaviest defeat of the campaign for the Hornets (14-15).

After struggling in recent seasons, the Lakers are riding high in fourth place in the western conference, behind only the Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder following the arrival of James.

The crowd of 19,461 fans was the largest to see an NBA game at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.

James continued his personal dominance over Charlotte, improving to 27-1 in his last 28 games, and he did not play the fourth quarter after the Lakers built a 30-point lead.

It was James’s second triple-double of the season and 75th of his career while Ball had his third career triple-double.

Miles Bridges had a career-high 17 points for the Hornets but their biggest star, Kemba Walker, was held to a season-low four points on 2-of-13 shooting from the field.

Elsewhere and Blake Griffin scored 27 points while Andre Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat Boston 113-104 and snap the Celtics’ eight-game winning streak.

The Pistons (14-13) won for the first time in seven matches.

Kyrie Irving led Boston (18-11) with 26 points while n centre Aron Baynes started and had 10 points in 18 minutes.

Utah Jazz’s shooting woes proved decisive in their 96-89 loss to the Orlando Magic in Mexico.

n duo Joe Ingles and Dante Exum combined for only 10 points as the Jazz shot at just 31.5 per cent from the field to slump to 14-16.

Ingles was two of 11 for eight points, making two of six three-point attempts.

Orlando were more efficient with Evan Fournier’s 24 points and 19 from bench player Terence Ross leading the way.

Centre Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and a season-high 19 rebounds for the 14-15 Magic.

Meanwhile,Washington Wizards are reportedly getting NBA veteran Trevor Ariza after all.

The Wizards have reportedly agreed in principle to acquire Ariza from the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jrand Austin Rivers, although the trade hasnot been announced by either team.

The Ariza trade came together after a potential three-way deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies fell apart on Friday night – over confusion about whether Dillon Brooks or MarShon Brooks would be included.

Wizards players went through the emotional roller coaster of the failed trade after their loss in Brooklyn as Oubre and Rivers were still on the team bus to the airport and the flight home.

“We all understand it’s a business,” Wizards guard John Wall said after practice on Saturday.

“You never know what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen.

“The first time I’ve ever seen a trade go dead and guys are on a bus talking about it.

“Kind of devastating for those guys.”

Ariza, 33, will return to Washington, where he played the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

The re-building Suns (5-24) signed Ariza, a 33-year-old swingman, to a one-year, $15 million ($A20.9) deal over the summer, and he has averaged 9.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26 games this season.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were trying to acquire Ariza.

“It’s always great to add a guy like Trevor back, one of the best veterans and teammates I had in the past,” Wall said.

To get Ariza, the Wizards gave up the 23-year-old Oubre – who has averaged 12.9 points per game in his fourth NBA season – and Rivers – who was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers over the summer.

Despite having three max-contract players in Wall, Beal and Otto Porter, the Wizards are off to a disappointing 11-18 start amid chemistry questions and have lost four in a row.

They host LeBron James and the Lakers on Sunday.

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