The Washington Post Sunday

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LeBron James and Lonzo Ball gave the Lakers multiple tripledoub­les in a game for just the second time, and visiting Los Angeles routed the Charlotte Hornets, 128-100, on Saturday night for its third win in four games.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, while Ball had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only other Lakers to accomplish that feat in the same game, doing so Jan. 22, 1982.

James continued his dominance over Charlotte, improving to 27-1 in his past 28 games.

He was unstoppabl­e throughout on penetratio­n, helping the Lakers outscore the Hornets 4017 in the third quarter and build a 30-point lead with his second triple-double of the season and the 75th of his career. He did not play in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.

PISTONS 113, CELTICS 104: Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Andre Drummond added 19 points and 20 rebounds to help Detroit snap visiting Boston’s eight-game winning streak.

Detroit ended its six-game skid with a solid 48-minute effort. The Pistons took control with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and played well at the start of the fourth as well.

Kyrie Irving led Boston with 26 points.

MAGIC 96, JAZZ 89: Evan Fournier scored 24 points, Terrence Ross came off the bench to add 10 of his 19 in the fourth quarter, and Orlando rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat Utah and sweep its two-game homestand in Mexico City.

Orlando won despite 22 turnovers, 15 in the first half, and is in second place in the Southeast Division behind Charlotte.

ROCKETS 105, GRIZZLIES 97: James Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second consecutiv­e triple-double, and Houston held off a fourth-quarter burst to win in Memphis.

Harden, who had 50 points in a triple-double in the Rockets’ victory over the Lakers on Thursday, was 9 for 14 from the field, including 3 for 7 from outside the arc as Houston won its third straight.

Clint Capela finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

BULLS 98, SPURS 93: Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23, and Chicago rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun host San Antonio.

The rally snapped Chicago’s three-game skid and ended San Antonio’s four-game winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio.

Dunn added six points in the final 40 seconds to complete the come-from-behind victory.

THUNDER 110, CLIPPERS 104: Paul George scored 33 points to help Oklahoma City beat Los Angeles at home.

It was the fourth time in seven games George scored at least 30 points.

Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds and six steals for the Thunder. Jerami Grant scored 18 points and Steven Adams added 16 for the Thunder.

SUNS 107, TIMBERWOLV­ES 99: Devin Booker scored 28 points and T.J. Warren added 21 as Phoenix won its second straight at home following a 10-game losing streak.

Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre Jr., whom the Suns acquired Saturday morning in a trade with the Wizards for Trevor Ariza, were not in uniform.

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