LA-la-la: Clips defeat Lakers
Celtics, Sixers and Warriors also win on Christmas Day
Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to help the Clippers beat the Lakers 111-106 on Wednesday night in the NBA's marquee Christmas game.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 points off the bench, Paul George added 17 and the Clippers (23-10) improved to 2-0 against the Lakers this season.
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers (24-7) with 25 points. LeBron James had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 24 points.
The Lakers have lost four straight games.
The Lakers had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but video review showed James touched the ball last after Patrick Beverly knocked it away as James went up for a 3.
George hit two free throws for the final margin.
Celtics get rare win:
Jaylen Brown celebrated Christmas with something he had never enjoyed before: a win in Toronto.
Brown scored 30 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and the Celtics beat the Raptors 118-102 on Wednesday in the first Christmas Day NBA game played in Canada.
“It was good to get a win here on Christmas,” said Brown, who made five 3pointers and shot 10 for 13 from the field. “I've never won here period.”
The Celtics snapped an eight-game skid north of the border and became the first Atlantic Division opponent to win at Scotiabank Arena in more than four years.
The Celtics (21-7) have won four straight to improve to 8-2 in December.
Fred VanVleet scored 27 points in the Raptors' second straight loss.
The Raptors (21-10) had gone an NBA-record 34 games between home losses to division foes since 2015.
Bombs away for Sixers: Joel Embiid outplayed Giannis Antetokounmpo, collecting 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the 3point happy 76ers beat the Bucks 121-109.
Tobias Harris sank five 3s, Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz each had four and Embiid hit three as part of a season-high 21 baskets from deep for the Sixers (23-10).
“A lot of people have kind of forgotten who I am,” Embiid said. “When I'm needed, I'm going to show up.”
The Sixers improved to 16-2 at home while playing their first Christmas Day game in Philadelphia in 31 years.
Khris Middleton scored 31 points and Antetokounmpo added 18 with 14 rebounds for the leagueleading Bucks (27-5).
Warriors’ Lee steps up: Damion Lee made a statement on a rare big stage this season for the injury-ravaged Warriors.
Lee had 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as the Warriors won their third straight, 116-104 over the Rockets in San Francisco.
“I'm thankful that we got the win, but there's still things that I feel I have to get better at day in and day out to fully solidify myself as an NBA player and not a two-way,” said Lee, a shooting guard in his third season.
Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets (21-10), who have lost four in a row.
The Celtics’ Jaylen Brown goes up for a dunk in the first half of Wednesday’s win over the Raptors in Toronto.