NBA Daily: King James' new record, Carmelo's return and Warriors' big win
Bittersweet night for the Portland Trail Blazers as Carmelo Anthony's debut ends in defeat
Writing about LeBron James is now becoming an everyday habit so we'll just focus more on Carmelo Anthony's much anticipated debut for Portland Trail Blazers. Anthony, a 35-year-old 10-time All-Star who has missed more than a year of basketball due to an injury, started in his first game since signing with the Blazers. He had 10 points (on 4-of-14 shooting) and four rebounds in 24 minutes in a rusty performance that saw the home side lose. Meanwhile in Golden State, things have started looking rosier with the Warriors clinching an important victory against Memphis Grizzlies.
There is no stopping the LeBron James-led battering ram called the Los Angeles Lakers. The California franchise continued their run with a well-fought 112-107 win over West Conference rivals Oklahoma City Thunder. James earned his fifth triple-double of the season and made history in the process by becoming the first player ever to have a triple-double against every team in the league.
He and Anthony Davis combined for 59 points at Lakers' home to help the side earn their fifth straight win to move to an NBA-best 12-2 for the season. LA appeared set for an easy victory until Oklahoma City used a 9-0 run to cut an 11-point deficit down to two in the final minute. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope then came through in the clutch to secure the victory for the team in yellow.
It was King LeBron's fifth triple-double of the season, which included a three-game streak of triple-doubles to begin this month in what is increasingly looking like a season where he wants to make the statement 'I'm not finished yet' loud and clear!
No joy for Portland in Carmelo return
Jrue Holiday dominated with 22 points and 10 assists as New Orleans Pelicans spoiled Carmelo Anthony's debut by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 115-104 on Tuesday night.
Former Lakers man Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans' leading scorer, returned from a four-game absence caused by a sore knee to add 21 points. JJ Redick had 18, Nicolo Melli scored 14 and E'Twaun Moore 11 as New Orleans won for just the fifth time this season but the third time in four games.
Anthony, a 35-year-old 10-time All-Star who hadn't played in more than a year, started in his first game since signing with the Blazers. He had 10 points (on 4-of-14 shooting) and four rebounds in 24 minutes.
CJ McCollum scored 22, and Hassan Whiteside had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers. They were without the services of their guard Damian Lillard who missed due to back spasms.
Warriors finally win
Golden State's tight defence held Memphis to four points in the first 8:47 of the second period to turn a deficit into a comfortable advantage as the Warriors ended their longest losing streak since 2012. Alec Burks scored a game-high 29 points, including four in the 26-4 second-quarter flurry that helped Golden State snap a seven-game skid. Rookie Ja Morant's 20 points paced the Grizzlies, who lost their second straight after a three-game winning streak.
Kerr's side have only three wins to their name from 15 outings, leaving the Warriors bottom of the Western Conference, but he preferred to focus on the positives. "I'm happy for the guys," said the coach after the win. "They've been playing hard and working hard and it's good to see them rewarded.The great thing with these guys is they've stayed with it every step of the way. They haven't taken a day off, they haven't stopped working."