Thursday night game round-up - Kobe and LeBron enjoy final ever meeting

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The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 120-108 as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant shared an NBA court for the final time.

In what was their 22nd and final meeting, Bryant outscored his Cavaliers opponent 26 points to 24 at Staples Center as he finished the night having made 11-of-16 field goal attempts.

It was Cleveland who took the victory, however, after scoring at least 30 points in each of the first three quarters. At one point, they led by as many as 17 points.

Kyrie Irving finished the night with 26 points while six Cavs players in total achieved double-digit scoring. The win means it is a perfect 2-0 for Cleveland so far on a four-game road trip.

Bulls 101, Spurs 109

The San Antonio Spurs extended their unbeaten home record to start a season to 31 games as they defeated an understrength Bulls team 109-101.

Kawhi Leonard top-scored on the night with 29 points and added seven rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge (26 points, 10 rebounds) and Tony Parker (20 points, 10 assists) were the only other Spurs to score more than eight points.

Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Cameron Bairstow were again unavailable to Chicago due to injury as Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol tied the team high with 21 points apiece.

Despite being undermanned, the Bulls kept things close and were within six points early in the fourth quarter.

Hawks 96, Raptors 104

The Atlanta Hawks' three-game win streak came to an end in Toronto as the Raptors recovered from a slow start to win 104-96.

The Raptors gave up 11 turnovers in a first half that saw the two teams exchange the lead on numerous occasions. With just two in the second half, though, Toronto pulled away from their Eastern Conference rivals.

DeMar DeRozan top-scored with 30 points while Kyle Lowry added 19. Both Luis Scola (10-12) and Jonas Valanciunas (10-10) finished with double-doubles.

For Atlanta, Al Horford led the way with 20 points but it wasn't enough to prevent a losing end to a five-game road trip.

Suns 98, Nuggets 116

Rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay scored a career-high 30 points to help the Denver Nuggets secure a 116-98 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Aided by strong performances by Nikola Jokic (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Will Barton (17 points, eight rebounds), the Nuggets extended their winning streak to three games.

Phoenix, meanwhile, never led by more than one point on the night although they did threaten a comeback with a 12-point run in the third quarter.

And it was Mudiay's fellow rookie guard, the Suns' Devin Booker, who actually led the game in scorer. Booker's 35 points were a career-high and the 27th time in the past 30 games that he has achieved double-digit points.

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