Sans Davis, James leads Lakers past Wolves

    GRITTY: Lakers star LeBron James attacks the defense of Wolves forward Jaden McDaniels in second half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    LEBRON James totaled 30 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 112-104 road victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) in Minneapolis.

    The Lakers, one of the best road teams in the league this season, won for the 13th time in 16 games away from LA and prevailed for the eighth time in their past nine games overall.

    Playing without Anthony Davis, who is expected to miss multiple weeks after straining his right Achilles, the Lakers trailed 81-77 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

    James sparked a 26-8 surge that helped the Lakers open up a 14-point lead in the final quarter and eventually hold on for the victory.

    Kyle Kuzma (seven points) started again with Davis out, but it was Montrezl Harrell who was clutch off the bench with 17 points and six rebounds and Marc Gasol (11 points) on the defensive end limiting Karl-Anthony Towns to only 15 points and six rebounds.

    In other games, it was the Nets 128, Suns 124; Celtics 112, Nuggets 99; Pelicans 144, Grizzlies 113; Raptors 124, Bucks 113; and Blazers 115, Thunder 104.

    Nets 128, Suns 124

    James Harden amassed 38 points and 11 assists and Joe Harris added 22 points as the short-handed Brooklyn Nets rallied from a 24-point deficit to earn a road victory over the Phoenix Suns.

    The 21-point, second-half comeback was the largest for the Nets since they joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season.

    Jeff Green scored 18 points off the bench for Brooklyn and Tyler Johnson added 17 in his first start of the season. The Nets, who were playing without Kyrie Irving (back) and Kevin Durant (hamstring), won their fourth straight game.

    Chris Paul scored 17 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and Devin Booker added 22 points and seven assists as the Suns saw their season-best winning streak end at six games. Phoenix led the entire game until the Nets took their first lead on a Harden 3-pointer with 31.4 seconds remaining. – Field Level Media