LeBron scores 59th triple-double in NBA

LeBron James is tied with Larry Bird for career triple-doubles after his Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 121-112 in the NBA.

He joins Bird in sixth place for triple-doubles after recording his 59th, finishing with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

He also put the Lakers away with a dunk and short runner in the final two minutes.

The win on Thursday night was the Cavs’ 16th in 17 games.

Kevin Love scored 13 in the third quarter, when the Cavs opened an 11-point lead on the way to their 10th straight home win, and finished with 28 points.

Jose Calderon added a season-high 17 points for Cleveland.

Brandon Ingram scored 26 for the Lakers and Lonzo Ball had 13 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

In the day’s other games, New York held on to beat Brooklyn 111-104 after losing star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a sore left knee early in the second half.

Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his league-leading 23rd double-double as the Timberwolves cruised past Sacramento to finish 119-96.

Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 12 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high nine assists and the Pistons snapped a seven-game slide with a 105-91 victory over NBA-worst Atlanta.

The day’s final NBA game is between the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.

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