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LeBron James effort in vain as Cleveland Cavaliers fall to Detroit Pistons

The defending NBA champions have been hit by injury.

NBA 10/03/17 07:46
LeBron James effort in vain as Cleveland Cavaliers fall to Detroit Pistons

LeBron James scored 29 points but the Cleveland Cavaliers still fell to a third successive NBA defeat as the Detroit Pistons won 106-101.

Andre Drummond top-scored for Detroit with 20 points as the Pistons returned to winning ways.

The injury-plagued Cavaliers remain top of the Eastern Conference standings but the defending NBA champions have the Boston Celtics hot on their heels.

The San Antonio Spurs were denied a 10th straight win as Russell Westbrook inspired the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 102-92 victory.

Westbrook had his 31st triple-double of the season which also helped to end the Thunder’s own four-game losing streak.

The Los Angeles Lakers ended an eight-game losing sequence to beat the Phoenix Suns 122-110.

D’Angelo Russell racked up 23 points for the Lakers and TJ Warren top-scored for Phoenix with 17.

Elsewhere, the Portland Trail Blazers overcame the Philadelphia 76ers 114-108 after overtime and Austin Rivers scored 20 points as the Los Angeles Clippers comfortably beat the Memphis Grizzlies 114-98.

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