The San Antonio Spurs went 19-8 in Kawhi Leonard's absence. They are now 0-1 with him on the court following their shock 95-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Last season's NBA MVP candidate made his season debut on Tuesday after missing the first 27 games of the campaign because of right quadriceps tendinopathy.
Leonard – coming off a season in which he average career highs in points (25.5) and assists (3.5) – was limited to 13 points in 16 minutes against the Mavericks.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay have stepped up in Leonard's absence and were once again leading San Antonio with 23 and 21 points respectively.
San Antonio were a quarter away from a five-game winning streak but shot 29 per cent and were outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James had a career-high 17 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers saw off the lowly Atlanta Hawks 123-114.
James also had 25 points to lead the Cavs to their 15th win in 16 games.
Once the talk of the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons are in danger of dropping below .500 and out of playoff contention after losing their seventh straight game – beaten 103-84 by the Denver Nuggets.
PORZINGIS SETTLES CONTEST
Kristaps Porzingis had a big night with 35 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to lift the New York Knicks to a 113-109 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers. He became the first player in NBA history with 35 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and five made three-pointers in a game.
SATORANSKY CALLED FOR VIOLATION
Trailing by three to the Brooklyn Nets with eight seconds remaining, the Washington Wizards called timeout to advance the ball past halfcourt. But Tomas Satoransky was unable to inbound the ball in time, drawing a five-second violation as Brooklyn sealed a 103-98 win with two free throws.
LEBRON LEADS THE WAY
James flexed his muscles to help overcame the Hawks on Tuesday.
New York Knicks 113-109 (OT) Los Angeles Lakers
Cleveland Cavaliers 123-114 Atlanta Hawks
Dallas Mavericks 95-89 San Antonio Spurs
Sacramento Kings 99-92 Phoenix Suns
Denver Nuggets 103-84 Detroit Pistons
Brooklyn Nets 103-98 Washington Wizards
Philadelphia 76ers 118-112 (OT) Minnesota Timberwolves
THUNDER AT PACERS
Paul George returns to Indianapolis for the first time since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who have disappointed to say the least to begin the season. George is quickly being replaced in Indy by reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week Victor Oladipo, who Oklahoma City traded for the former. Oladipo is averaging 31.8 points this month and dropped 35 in the first meeting between the two teams in October.
24 de enero 2018
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23 de enero 2018
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|Bristol City 2 Manchester City 3 (3-5 agg): Guardiola through to first English final|
|Serena can return for more grand slam success – King|
|O´Neill signs Ireland extension|
|Teachers bowled over by Edmund ability|
|Woods grouped with Reed and Hoffman at Torrey Pines|
|New signing Jach sees Palace as platform for World Cup spot|
|Thomas replaces Sinckler in England training camp|
|Phil Neville appointed England Women´s manager|
|Heat unveil Miami Vice-themed uniforms|
|Kenedy leaves Chelsea for Newcastle loan|
|Wozniacki still haunted by 2011 Li Na loss|
|PSG rule out ´traumatic´ injury for Mbappe|
|PSG boost midfield options with surprise Diarra signing|
|Dyche commits to Burnley to 2022|
|Patriots elect to wear white in Super Bowl LII|
|Kobe Bryant´s ´Dear Basketball´ short film nominated for Oscar|
|Zidane tells Real Madrid fans to stop jeering Benzema|
|Players must manage their own schedules, says Cilic|
|Lucas Moura free to leave PSG, confirms Emery|
|Kenedy set for Newcastle as Conte waits for window to close|
|Bouchard agrees to another Super Bowl date|
|Neymar and Mbappe in doubt for PSG´s clash with Guingamp|
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|Mascherano to leave Barcelona as Hebei move looms|
|Wozniacki reaches Australian Open semi-finals in early hours|
|Conte rules Morata and Fabregas out of Arsenal clash|
|Tamim and Shakib leave Zimbabwe facing tri-nation exit|
|Clarets snap up Lennon from Everton|
|Too many people are getting injured - Nadal frustrated by Aus Open retirement|
|Dzeko set to face Sampdoria despite Chelsea reports|
|It´s really unfortunate for Rafa - Cilic sympathises with injured Nadal|
|Zidane rejects suggestions he won ´battle´ over Kepa|
|Surprise semi-finalist Mertens ready for more Melbourne magic|
|Sorry Stars fail to shine again as Sixers claim consolation win|
|Injured Nadal bows out of Australian Open to Cilic|
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