NBA ROUNDUP: LeBron James tops 38,000 career points and loses to 76ers 113-112

LeBron James became the second player in NBA history to have 38,000 career points, but Joel Embiid had 35 points and 11 rebounds while the Philadelphia 76ers held off the Los Angeles Lakers 113-112 Sunday night for their seventh win in nine games.

Russell Westbrook failed to get a clean shot or pass in the last second under Embiid’s defense, allowing the 76ers to cling to their fourth straight win. James Harden added 24 points and 13 assists for Philadelphia, who won the season series and defeated Los Angeles for a sixth straight season.

James recorded 35 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Lakers, who have lost three straight after a five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) has surpassed 38,000 career points

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) has surpassed 38,000 career points

James topped 38,000 points with a jumper that was part of his 8-on-9 16-point start in the first quarter. The Lakers crowd gave him an ovation as the milestone was announced during the next timeout break, and Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers laughed and hugged James in celebration.

James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only members of the NBA’s 38,000-point club, and James will overtake Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points) at the top of the career scorers list next month if he maintains his current pace.

No team led by more than eight points in a well-played game. Georges Niang hit a 3-pointer on an assist from Embiid with 1:28 left to put Philadelphia 111-109.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid shoots against Los Angeles center Thomas Bryant

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid shoots against Los Angeles center Thomas Bryant

A lengthy video review then overruled a call and resulted in a turnover for James before Embiid dropped a 14-foot jumper with 45.5 seconds left. Troy Brown Jr. hit a 3-pointer corner to cut Philly’s lead to a point and Embiid missed a jumper with Westbrook in the face.

Westbrook drove to the basket with a chance to win it but was unable to intercept a shot or pass as an apparent crosscourt pass attempt was deflected off Niang’s hands before time ran out.

Westbrook had 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, extending his NBA record with his 198th career triple-double. Westbrook has four triple-doubles off the bench this season, overtaking Detlef Schrempf for the career record for triple-doubles as a reserve.

Tyrese Maxey had 16 points and Tobias Harris had 15 in Philly’s fourth straight road win over the Lakers since March 2020.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers

Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers

SIGNPOST 140, MAVERICKS 123

Damian Lillard scored 40 points and Portland beat Dallas to win for the first time since mid-December.

It was the second game of a back-to-back between the teams. Portland ended a five-game losing streak with a 136-119 win in the first game on Saturday.

The Mavericks were resting star Luka Doncic, who had a season-low in Saturday night’s loss with 15 points in 35 minutes. But it came after a double win in overtime against the Lakers in Los Angeles on Thursday, when he played 53 minutes and had 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.

Doncic has missed five games this season, all second games in a row.

Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard shoots at Mavericks' Davis Bertans

Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard shoots at Mavericks’ Davis Bertans

NUGGETS 119, MAGIC 116

Nikola Jokic hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to cap his 12th triple-double of the season, and the Denver Nuggets won their 13th straight home win by beating the Orlando Magic on Sunday night with 119 -116 defeated.

Jokic scored from the top of the button and stepped back to parry the shot over Franz Wagner to finish with 17 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds. It was his 88th career triple-double.

Aaron Gordon led the Nuggets with 25 points, including two free throws that gave the Nuggets a 116-115 lead with 16 seconds left. Jamal Murray added 18 points.

Markelle Fultz had 20 points on the Magic and made one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to level it to 116, setting the stage for Jokic’s shot. Wagner added 19 points and Paolo Banchero had 18.

Nuggets' Nikola Jokic shoots a winning 3-pointer over Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic shoots a winning 3-pointer over Orlando Magic forward Franz Wagner

TAURUS 132, WARRIOR 118

Nikola Vucevic has a career-high 43 points and Chicago went on an 11-game losing streak against Golden State.

Vucevic last scored 43 points on February 2, 2021 against the Bulls as a member of the Orlando Magic.

Chicago has beaten Golden State for the first time since March 2, 2017.

Zach LaVine added 27 points despite shooting 1-for-8 from 3-point range as the Bulls (20-24) broke a three-game losing streak. They won without top scorer DeMar DeRozan, who missed his third straight game with a right quadriceps strain.

Klay Thompson had 26 points and Stephen Curry added 20 for Golden State (21-22), who have lost four of their last five games. The Warriors committed 23 turnovers that resulted in 31 points.

Chicago Bulls' Nikola Vucevic shoots over Golden State Warriors' Kevon Looney

Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Vucevic shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney

SCHNEIDER 121, ROCKETS 100

Terance Mann posted a career-high 31 points, Kawhi Leonard added 30 and Los Angeles extended Houston’s worst slide of the season to 10 straight games.

Both teams were shorthanded. Houston starters Jalen Green and Jae’Sean Tate were suspended for a game for leaving the bench area during an altercation on the court in Friday’s loss in Sacramento.

The Clippers were missing starters Paul George (right hamstring) and Marcus Morris (bruised left knee). They had lost eight out of nine.

Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 24 points. Kenyon Martin Jr. had 22 points and nine rebounds and Alperen Sengun had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The Clippers opened up a tight game in the fourth game as they edged the Rockets 30-10.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, center left, scores against the Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann, center left, scores against the Houston Rockets

KNICKS 117, PISTONS 104

Julius Randle had 42 points and 15 rebounds as New York extended their winning streak against Detroit to 11 games.

Detroit has not beaten the Knicks since Nov. 6, 2019, the end of their eight-game winning streak against New York.

Jalen Brunson added 27 points for the Knicks and Immanuel Quickley added 17.

Jaden Ivey had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pistons and Saddiq Bey added 21 points.

New York Knicks Julius Randle attempts a layup while Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Livers

New York Knicks Julius Randle attempts a layup while Detroit Pistons forward Isaiah Livers

Thunder 112, nets 102

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey each scored 28 points to lead Oklahoma City ahead of Brooklyn.

Lu Dort added 22 points for the Thunder, who finished a road trip east with three straight wins and improved to 21-23.

Brooklyn lost its second straight loss since losing Kevin Durant to a sprained knee ligament. Seth Curry had 23 points and Nic Claxton had his team’s best 12th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Claxton also had four blocks, adding at least three to eight to his streak. The franchise record is 11 by Shawn Bradley, who made it twice in the 1995-96 season.

Oklahoma City Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Nic Claxton

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots over Brooklyn Nets’ Nic Claxton

KINGS 132, SPURS 119

Harrison Barnes had 29 points, Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 18 rebounds, and Sacramento extended their winning streak to four games by beating San Antonio.

De’Aaron Fox added 23 points and Davion Mitchell had 19 points for Sacramento. The Kings remain at the top of the Pacific Division after winning seven of ten.

San Antonio, which has lost four times in a row, was led by Jakob Poeltl with 23 points. Josh Richardson added 21 points and Keldon Johnson had 20.

Sacramento Kings' Harrison Barnes (40) drives against San Antonio Spurs' Josh Richardson.

Sacramento Kings’ Harrison Barnes (40) drives against San Antonio Spurs’ Josh Richardson.

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