LeBron James got his first look at Lonzo Ball and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, and it went exactly they way you would expect it to. James recorded his 59th career triple-double and the Cleveland Cavaliers won for a 16th time in 17 games, 121-112, on their home floor. Kevin Love led the scoring with 28 points for the Cavs, while James put up 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists on the night. His 59 career triple-doubles puts him in a tie with Larry Bird at sixth on the all-time list. James expressed him being humble that he was 20-year-old Ball's favorite player growing up, but that did not stop him from leading his Cavs to their 10th straight home win. James was seen talking to Ball for a while after the game, and audio revealed that it was words of encouragement for the rookie. Brandon Ingram was the one that led the Laker offense on this night with 26 points. Ball finished with 13 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds in his team's 17th loss, 10 of which have come on the road.
Warriors Top Mavs for Seventh Straight Win
If you thought Steph Curry's absence would haunt the Golden State Warriors, you were sorely mistaken thanks to Kevin Durant. KD had 36 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in Golden State's 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Warriors have now won eight in a row, as they shot an impressive 60 percent from the floor on Thursday night. Klay Thompson had 25 points and went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc, and shot 10-of-18 from the floor. Durant was just as efficient, as he finished at 13-of-25 in his team-leading performance. This win came without Curry, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, and Nick Young for the injury-depleted Warriors, who still find ways to win. Future Mavericks Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Harrison Barnes put up 16 points against his former team. The Mavericks remain in the basement of the Western Conference at 8-21, and dropped to 2-11 away from home. The Warriors continue to keep pace with the red-hot Rockets, as their 23-6 record has them a game back in second place in the Western Conference standings. Those two teams will go at it again on January 4th at the Toyota Center.
Broncos Top Colts in Lowly TNF Matchup
It wasn't the best Thursday Night Football game of the season, but it was the only dose of football fans got on Thursday night. The game saw the Denver Broncos go on the road to take down the Indianapolis Colts, 25-13, for their fifth win of the season, and first of which that came on the road. Brock Osweiler broke out a bit on this night, running for a score, while throwing for two more for his 5-9 Broncos. This all came after he replaced Trevor Siemian in the first quarter due to an injured left shoulder. Osweiler finished 12-of-17 passing for 194 yards, as the Broncos earned their first road win since December of 2016. C.J. Anderson added 158 yards on 30 carries just a game after the Broncos snapped a tough eight-game losing streak. The rough play from Siemian's injury got even worse in the second, when Broncos linebacker Deiontrez Mount made helmet-to-helmet contact with Colts tight end Brandon Williams during a punt play. Williams would then be carted off the field and did not return. The Colts fell to 3-11 in their Andrew Luck-less season, including 2-5 at Lucas Oil Stadium. They will visit the red-hot Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, while the Broncos hit the road for a matchup with the Washington Redskins on Sunday.