ANTHONY Davis scored a game-high 37 points on 14-for-21 shooting only a few miles from his childhood home, and the Los Angeles Lakers rolled to a 101-90 win over the host Chicago Bulls on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila).
Los Angeles improved to a perfect 9-0 on the road to start the season. LeBron James notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who won for the seventh time in their past eight games.
Zach LaVine finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulls, whose three-game winning streak came to an end. Coby White had 14 points, while Patrick Williams (13) and Lauri Markkanen (12) also scored in double digits.
Los Angeles beat Chicago for the second time this month, following a 117-115 victory on its home court Jan. 8.
The Lakers raced to a 63-33 lead at the half.
Davis led all scorers with 26 points on 10-for-12 shooting before the break. The 30-point margin was Los Angeles’ largest lead of the first half, while the Bulls’ biggest advantage was two points early in the first quarter.
In other games, it was the Nuggets 120, Suns 112 (OT); Nets 128, Heat 124; Sixers 114, Pistons 110; Jazz 127, Warriors 108; Rockets 133, Mavericks 108; and Wolves 120, Pelicans 110.
Nuggets 120, Suns 112 (OT)
Nikola Jokic had 29 points and 22 rebounds, Jamal Murray scored 26, and the visiting Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns in double-overtime.
Michael Porter Jr. had 14 points and 11 rebounds, JaMychal Green scored 16, Monte Morris added 13 and Gary Harris finished with 10 for the Nuggets, who swept the two overtime games in Phoenix on successive nights.
Chris Paul had 21 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, Jae Crowder also scored 21 points and Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Suns before fouling out in the first overtime.
Nets 128, Heat 124
Kevin Durant scored 31 points as Brooklyn never trailed and survived multiple fourth-quarter comeback attempts by Miami and a career-high 41-point night by Bam Adebayo in a victory at New York.
Kyrie Irving added 18 of his 28 points in the fourth, including 10 in the final 2:41. Joe Harris added 23 and tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers. James Harden did not make a field goal until the fourth quarter and finished with 12 points and 11 assists as Brooklyn shot 53.7 percent, tied a season best with 19 3-pointers, and collected a season-high 34 assists.