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LeBron back to steer Cavs to NBA victory

AAP logoAAP 19/11/2016

Kyrie Irving has scored 25 points and LeBron James, returning to the line-up after sitting out a game, added 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Detroit Pistons 104-81.

Irving was 11 of 15 from the field with 11 assists, one short of his career-high, in 29 minutes.

James, who rested Wednesday in a loss to Indiana, made nine of 14 shots and played only 28 minutes.

Following a slow start that saw Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue call timeout less than two minutes into the game, the Cavaliers took over.

Meanwhile, LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and 12 rebounds in San Antonio's 116-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

It was the Spurs' fifth straight victory, with Tony Parker adding 16 points and Australian Patty Mills 11 points and three assists off the bench.

The Spurs improved to 7-0 on the road this season with their sixth consecutive win over the Lakers.

Chandler Parsons scored 12 points in his return to Dallas, helping Memphis beat Andrew Bogut's injury-plagued Mavericks 80-64, who flirted with franchise worsts for scoring and shooting percentage.

The Mavericks avoided the franchise-record low of 62 points from 1997 when Argentine rookie Nicolas Brussino made a three-pointer with 24 seconds remaining.

Blake Griffin had 29 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Los Angeles Clippers over the Sacramento Kings 121-115 on Friday night.

The Clippers (11-2) have won eight of nine and own the NBA's best record.

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds in his fourth triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 124-105.

In Boston, Klay Thompson scored 28 points, Kevin Durant had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors scored 18 points in a row in the third quarter to pull away and beat the Celtics 104-88.

Stephen Curry had just 16 points - his second-fewest of the season - while sitting out much of the fourth quarter as the Warriors cruised to their sixth straight victory.

Anthony Davis had 38 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in New Orleans' 113-101 triumph over Portland while Jrue Holiday added 21 points in his first action this season.

Holiday missed the first 12 games to care for his wife, retired soccer star Lauren Holiday, who had brain surgery last month only weeks after giving birth to the couple's first child.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, including four in overtime, as Toronto overpowered Denver 113-111.

Nic Batum had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Cody Zeller matched his career high with 23 points and Charlotte rallied to snap Atlanta's six-game winning streak.

The Hornets, who improved to 8-3, won 100-96 as Zeller was nine of 10 from the field.

Brandon Knight scored 17 points as Phoenix beat Indiana 116-96.

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