LA-la-la: Clips de­feat Lak­ers

Celtics, Six­ers and War­riors also win on Christ­mas Day

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

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.

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