LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers cruised to their sixth straight win as LeBron James poured in 31 points and Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) added 16 off the bench in a 117-87 blowout over the Knicks. The Lakers finished the game without forward Anthony Davis, who suffered a lower back injury in the third quarter. Davis bruised the bottom part of his spine above the tailbone when he attempted to block Julius Randle’s driving shot and crashed to the floor.
TORONTO (AP) — Carmelo Anthony capped his 28-point performance by nailing the tiebreaking basket with four seconds left to send the Portland Trail Blazers to just their second win in eight games, a 101-99 triumph over the Raptors. Damian Lillard had 20 for the Blazers, who had lost in their last four visits to Toronto and eight of their previous nine meetings with the Raptors overall. Hassan Whiteside added 14 points and 16 rebounds for Portland, which bounced back from Sunday’s loss at Miami.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Paul furnished 20 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and overtime in leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 111-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Shea Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points to help Oklahoma City bounce back from Monday’s loss in Philadelphia and win for the sixth time in seven games. Caris LeVert had 20 in his second game back from right thumb surgery, but the Nets dropped their seventh straight.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — No. 12 Maryland put together a stifling defensive performance to remain unbeaten at home. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points and the Terrapins held Ohio State to 31% shooting in a 67-55 downing of the No. 11 Buckeyes. Maryland went up by 10 on a 3-pointer by Cowan with 12:58 left. Jalen Smith had 11 points and seven rebounds as the Terps won their third in a row to improve to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
UNDATED (AP) — Davion Mitchell dropped in 14 points and fourth-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 11 games by defeating No. 22 Texas Tech, 57-52. Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and hit a critical layup with 5:21 remaining that helped No. 13 Louisville pull away from Miami, 74-58. Immanuel Quickley’s 3-pointer gave No. 14 Kentucky its first lead of the second half before he finished with 15 points in a 78-69 verdict over Georgia.