Aldridge, Harden hot in Nets' NBA win

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LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, reaching 20,000 for his career, in the Brooklyn Nets' 105-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday.

Aldridge became the 48th player in NBA history and the seventh active player to reach the milestone.

"He has scorer's instincts," Nets forward Kevin Durant said.

"(It's a) huge accomplishment ... (A) huge milestone."

James Harden broke out of an early season slump with 29 points, Durant added 22, and Australia's Patty Mills had five points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in helping hosts Brooklyn improve to 3-3 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana (1-5) dropped to 0-4 on the road, and only above the winless Detroit Pistons in the East, despite 28 points from Torrey Craig.

In Miami, the Heat moved to 4-1 and went equal-top in the division with a 114-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Jimmy Butler scored 32 points while Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro both had 26 for Miami.

"The IQ level of this team is very high," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

"We have experienced, savvy guys, but guys who can read situations in real time. That matters in this league."

Gordon Hayward scored 23 points for Charlotte (4-2), and Miles Bridges had 22.

At STAPLES Centre, LeBron James scored 26 points, Carmelo Anthony hit six three-pointers and had 24 points and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Cleveland Cavaliers' three-game winning streak with a 113-101 victory.

Russell Westbrook added 19 points and six rebounds to help the Lakers (3-3) win for the third time in four games.

James missed 9-of-10 three-pointers, but had eight assists against his former team in his return from a two-game absence with a sore right ankle.

Nikola Jokic had 11 points and 16 rebounds while Will Barton added 17 points and the host Denver Nuggets routed the Dallas Mavericks 106-75.

The Nuggets improved to 3-2, the same record as the Mavs in the Western Conference for whom Luka Doncic scored 16 points.

"When you have games like this, no matter how you look at it, it's just bad," Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said.

"We should have been better."

Elsewhere, the Sacramento Kings beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-109, the Portland Trail Blazers were 111-92 winners at home to the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Toronto Raptors held on for a 110-109 win over the visiting Orlando Magic.

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