Cavaliers need Big Three to overcome rock-bottom Lakers

Meanwhile, Love picked up a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

The Lakers, at the bottom of the Western Conference, absorbed their fifth straight loss and 50th in 70 games even as D'Angelo Russell came up with a fine game.

Irving sat out the entire fourth quarter of Cleveland's win over the Utah Jazz on Thursday because of tightness in his left knee, the same knee that required surgery after he hurt it in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals. Jae Crowder added 15 points as the Celtics saw a three-game winning streak end.

If the National Basketball Association wants its stars to play in its biggest televised games, they need to give the teams a reason to play those top stars. He is expected to return Monday night against Washington.

However, six more Spurs players scored in double figures led by Pau Gasol with 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench. He has shattered that this season and has averaged 25.1 points per game. It's understandable that the Cavs might want to give him a day off, but they're also playing him 37.6 minutes per game, second only to the Raptors' Kyle Lowry.

Shooting guard Kyle Korver (foot) was also out for the sixth game in a row as Cleveland posted its worst offensive output since December 26, 2015, and saw its lead in the Eastern Conference reduced to 1 1/2 games.

Last Saturday, Golden State rested Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in a showdown on ABC between the league's top two teams in San Antonio.

It was Lillard's 13th game this season with 30 or more points and his fourth with 40 or more.

Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein both scored 18 points for the Kings.

Turning Point - After sticking with the Bucks on Friday night, the scrappy Lakers were determined to test the World Champs on Sunday - and for three-and-a-half quarters, they looked poised to pull off the upset. Over that brilliant 18-game stretch, the four-time All-Star is averaging 28.5 points, 5.6 assists and 3.4 boards per - shooting.493 from the floor, .389 from long-distance and.928 from the stripe over that span. Nowitzki had 20 points in the first three quarters when the Mavericks took an 82-72 lead. At least, not much to hold onto moving forward beyond those players. The Nets were within 103-101 after two free throws by Randy Foye with 80 seconds left, but consecutive hoops by Harrison Barnes secured the win. Jeremy Lin exited the game with a sprained right ankle.

Tyler Ulis had 17 points and 11 assists for the Suns, who had just eight available players.

Serge Ibaka added 16 points for Toronto.

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