James stars as Cavs trump Clippers

A LeBron James double-double led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the LA Clippers, while there were also wins for Spurs, Pelicans, Grizzlies and Kings in Thursday’s NBA action.

James scored 22 points, assisted 12 times and dragged down five rebounds as the Cavs beat the Clippers 115-102.

Chris Paul was the most productive player for the Clippers – who led after the first quarter – with 30 points.

San Antonio Spurs cruised to a 117-89 win over the Phoenix Suns after Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and Boban Marjanovic scored 17 points and claimed 13 rebounds.

Devin Booker scored 24 points for the Suns in what was otherwise a disappointing night for the Phoenix outfit.

Anthony Davis was at his best as New Orleans Pelicans outclassed Detroit Pistons 115-99 for their fourth win in five matches.

Davis scored 32 points with seven rebounds, while Andre Drummond added 19 points and a massive 22 rebounds in a losing cause for the Pistons.

In the closest match of the night, Memphis Grizzlies beat Denver Nuggets 102-101. Memphis had opened up a 14-point lead after the first quarter, but the Nuggets fought back in the remainder of the match and were perhaps somewhat unfortunate to end on the losing side.

Marc Gasol was the most effective player for the Grizzlies with 27 points, while Kenneth Faried contributed 17 points and 12 rebounds to the Nuggets’ cause.

Finally, Sacramento Kings beat Atlanta Hawks 91-88 after DeMarcus Cousins’ double-double. The Kings centre had 24 points and 15 rebounds, while Paul Millsap added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks.