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Brooklyn Nets overcome LeBron James, Lakers

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Josh Hart (3) and power forward Kyle Kuzma (0) fight for a loose ball against Brooklyn Nets small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first quarter of their game at Barclays Center. — BRAD PENNER-USA TODAY SPORTS

D’ANGELO RUSSELL collected 22 points and a career-high-tying 13 assists as the Brooklyn Nets overcame 36 points from LeBron James on Tuesday night and held on for a 115-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in New York.

Facing his former team for the third time since being acquired by Brooklyn on draft night in 2017, Russell posted his second double-double of the season, hitting 9-of-21 shots, including a clutch three-pointer from the top of the key over Kyle Kuzma with 22 seconds left to put Brooklyn ahead 113-107.

Joe Harris added 19 points, reserve Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 18 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 17 as the Nets extended their winning streak to six games.

James nearly posted his third triple-double as a Laker, finishing with 13 rebounds to go along with eight assists. Lonzo Ball hit five three-pointers and contributed 23 points. Kyle Kuzma contributed 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Lakers lost for the third time in four games.

Larry Nance Jr. tipped in a missed shot by Rodney Hood at the buzzer as Cleveland defeated Indiana in Indianapolis.

Indiana had a chance to ice the game, but Victor Oladipo missed three consecutive free throws to give Cleveland the opportunity to win only its eighth game of the season. The Pacers had their seven-game win streak snapped, while the Cavaliers ended a two-game skid.

Nance, starting in place of the injured Tristan Thompson, finished with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Hood scored 17. Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points to lead six Indiana players in double figures. Oladipo struggled to score 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field.

Jamal Murray had 22 points, including a big three-pointer late, and also added a career-high 15 assists as host Denver turned back Dallas.

Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 32 points and also had 16 rebounds to help Denver sweep a four-game homestand and stay atop the Western Conference standings. Trey Lyles and Monte Morris scored 16 points each off the bench for the Nuggets. Denver has won 11 of its past 13, and its 21-9 record ties the best start in franchise history.

Harrison Barnes tied a season-high with 30 points, and rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 23 points and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight. — Reuters

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