NBA Wrap: LeBron triumphs in duel against Kobe

LeBron James may have been outscored by Kobe Bryant, but the Cleveland Cavaliers crushed the Los Angeles Lakers 120-108.

James scored 24 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out seven assists, while Kyrie Irving finished with 26 points and nine assists.

Bryant meanwhile dropped 26 points on 11 of 16 shooting.

The Toronto Raptors snapped the Atlanta Hawks’ three-game winning streak after beating them 104-96. DeMar DeRozan guided the Raptors to victory as he scored 30 points on 11 of 20 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. Al Horford had 20 points for the Hawks. The San Antonio Spurs downed the Chicago Bulls 109-101 to win their 40th straight game on home soil. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the Spurs’ win, while LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol dropped 21 points apiece for the Bulls.

Meanwhile, a 30-point night from Emmanuel Mudiay saw the Denver Nuggets cruise past the Phoenix Suns 116-98.

Mudiay was well supported by Nikola Jokic, who dropped 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Devin Booker was the Suns’ top-scorer with 35 points.

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