LeBron James racked up his 35,000th career point, scoring 32 and producing eight rebounds and seven assists, but it was not enough to prevent his short-handed Los Angeles Lakers falling 109-98 to the Brooklyn Nets.
James (35,017) became only the third player to top 35,000 points, joining Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) in the upper echelons of the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
James Harden scored 23 points and Joe Harris added 21 with six 3-pointers for the Nets as they beat the Lakers for their season-best fifth straight victory.
Kyrie Irving had 16 points and seven rebounds as Brooklyn easily won this matchup of NBA title contenders and improved to 4-0 on a five-game West Coast trip, even without the services of Kevin Durant who missed his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.
For the Lakers, Kyle Kuzma offered a measure of support for James, adding 16 points and 10 rebounds, but the absence of Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder left the defending champions without two of their top-three scorers.
Davis missed his second successive game after aggravating his strained right calf and achilles last weekend, while Schroder was a late scratch under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
In Milwaukee, Norman Powell scored 29 points and Pascal Siakam 27 as Toronto handed Milwaukee their fifth consecutive loss.
Powell matched a season-high in scoring while shooting nine of 12 overall, including four of seven from 3-point range.
Fred VanVleet added 17 points for the Raptors, while Boomer Aron Baynes scored six.
The last time the Bucks dropped five straight games was between January 25 and February 3, 2017.
This entire skid has come without guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed six consecutive games due to health and safety protocols.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Bucks before fouling out with 1:19 left.
Miami beat Sacramento thanks in part to Jimmy Butler, who had 13 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his third consecutive triple-double.
Bam Adebayo also had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds to help the Heat win for the first time in Sacramento in nearly five years.
Tyler Herro scored 27 points, and Kelly Olynyk added a season-high 22.
For the Kings, Marvin Bagley III had 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Nemanja Bjelica top -scored with 25 points.