NBA roundup: LeBron makes history while Suns torch Lakers, Durant snatches win for Nets
Phoenix, Arizona - LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to reach 10,000 points, rebounds, and assists respectively, but the Lakers suffering a painful 140-111 thrashing at the hands of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
James notched up his 10,000th assist during the second quarter, with a cross-court pass to Carmelo Anthony for an open three.
The Suns were dominant at home to the Lakers, though, putting up 48 points in the first quarter alone on their way to a commanding win.
Having already secured a playoff berth, despite losing at home to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Phoenix faced conveniently light work heading into a road back-to-back this week.
Devin Booker continued to shoulder the burden without Chris Paul, putting up 30 points and 10 assists.
With the loss, meanwhile, the Lakers move to 29-38 and are getting dangerously close to touching distance for the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers in the race for the final two Western Conference play-in spots.
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Kevin Durant put up an individual season-high 53 points, including a game-breaking three, to give the Brooklyn Nets a 110-107 win over the New York Knicks.
The shorthanded Nets were at least able to have Kyrie Irving in the building for the win, with New York mandates now enabling those unvaccinated for Covid-19 to spectate. However, the mandate still requires the vaccination for people who work there, meaning Irving is still unable to suit up.
At the end of the game, Irving walked off the Barclays Center floor arm-in-arm with Durant, who finished with nine assists and six rebounds to go with the 53 points – one point off his career-high.
Joel Embiid had his 30th 30-point game of the season as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Orlando Magic 116-114 in over-time. Embiid finished with 35 points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists, while Tobias Harris came up with a crucial late three-pointer to finish with 26 points.
Ja Morant had a quiet game by his standards with 17 points, five rebounds and 10 assists as the Memphis Grizzlies improved to 47-22 with a 125-118 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Dallas Mavericks claimed an impressive win on the road, edging the Boston Celtics 95-92 at the TD Garden.
Despite leaving the floor with a hamstring scare in the first half, Luka Dončić's fingerprints were all over the game's dying moments – he hit the game-tying three-pointer with 1:21 to go, before being called for fouling Marcus Smart on the potential tying three. It was overturned on review however, and along with the win, Dončić put up 26 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
On a night where Kevin Garnett's number 5 jersey was to be retired by the Celtics post-match, the Mavs moved to 42-26 for the year, half a game behind the Western Conference's fourth-placed Utah Jazz.
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