LA, February 26: LeBron James inspired the Los Angeles Lakers to a sixth straight win, while the Milwaukee Bucks secured their 50th victory of the NBA season.
James posted a season-high 40 points in the Lakers' 118-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.
Anthony Davis had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while James went 17-of-27 from the field while also contributing eight rebounds and six assists.
The top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson poured in 29 points for the Pelicans.
In a battle between the Eastern Conference's top two, the Bucks were too good for the Toronto Raptors 108-97.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists as Milwaukee improved to 50-8.
Terrific Tatum, super Sabonis
Jayson Tatum lifted the Boston Celtics past the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 with 36 points, going eight-of-12 from three-point range.
Domantas Sabonis' 21 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists helped the Indiana Pacers thrash the Charlotte Hornets 119-80.
Zach LaVine's 41 points were not enough for the Chicago Bulls, who were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-122.
Charlotte are now 3-7 in their past 10 after the heavy loss to the Pacers. Terry Rozier went two-of-13 from the field for five points in 26 minutes.
LeBron, Caruso combine
Alex Caruso delivered a pass through his legs for James to dunk home.
Indiana Pacers 119-80 Charlotte Hornets Milwaukee Bucks 108-97 Toronto Raptors Oklahoma City Thunder 124-122 Chicago Bulls Denver Nuggets 115-98 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 118-109 New Orleans Pelicans Boston Celtics 118-106 Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings 112-94 Golden State Warriors
Celtics at Jazz
The Celtics (40-17) look for back-to-back wins when they visit the Utah Jazz (36-21) on Wednesday.