Dallas overwhelm Simmons' 76ers in NBA

Dallas star Luka Doncic gets a shot away against Philadelphia duo Mike Scott and Ben Simmons (r)

The Australian bushfires featured in the pre-game before Dallas charged home to a 109-91 NBA win, despite Philadelphia ace Ben Simmons managing to keep Mavericks star Luka Doncic in check.

Injured Dallas guard Ryan Broekhoff addressed the crowd at centre court alongside fellow Australians Simmons and Jonah Bolden about raising awareness and money for those affected by the bushfires back home.

On the court, Doncic overcame a poor shooting night to finish with 19 points and 12 assists, while Dwight Powell scored 10 of his 18 points in the decisive third quarter.

Simmons had 11 points at halftime but failed to score in the second half, adding 11 assists to end the game with a double-double.

Tobias Harris had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the 76ers.

The visitors led by eight points at the main break as they held Dallas to a season-low 41 points in the half, before Dallas swung the momentum their way and eased to a comfortable win to improve to 24-15 for the season.

Philadelphia, missing centre Joel Embiid after surgery for a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, are 25-15.

No LeBron James or Anthony Davis, no problem for western conference leaders Los Angeles Lakers who secured a 125-110 win over Oklahoma City.

James sat out the game with a chest cold and Davis missed his second game in a row with a contusion of his gluteus maximus.

Seven Lakers players scored in double figures, led by a season-high 36 points from Kyle Kuzma.

James Harden scored 32 points in three quarters to surpass 20,000 in the NBA to lead Houston to an easy 139-109 victory over Minnesota.

Harden was ably assisted by a 30-point performance from fellow Rockets guard Russell Westbrook.

Jayson Tatum made six three-pointers and had a career-high 41 points to help Boston to snap a season-high, three-game losing streak with a 140-105 mauling of New Orleans.

Kevin Love had 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead Matthew Dellavedova and lowly Cleveland to a surprise 113-103 victory over Denver.

Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 32 points, 17 rebounds and six assists to help the visiting Milwaukee Bucks roll to a 122-101 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Khris Middleton added 30 points and Eric Bledsoe scored 29 as the Bucks won for the eighth time in the past nine games and reached the halfway point of the season with a 35-6 record.

That puts Milwaukee on pace to win 70 games and surpass the franchise-best 66-16 mark set by the 1970-71 squad led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Meanwhile, Chicago made the most of the ejection of Detroit centre Andre Drummond early in the third quarter to win 108-99 and end a six-game slide.

Coming off the bench, Detroit's Australian big man Thon Maker had 10 points in as many minutes.