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NBA Capsules: LeBron James scores 51 points, Lakers beat Heat

LeBron James scored 51 points against his former club and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 113-97 on Sunday night. James had 19 points in the first quarter to help the Lakers open a big lead. The 51 points were a season high for James, and the most he’s scored against Miami; he had 47 against the Heat twice. His last shot was a 32-footer with 16 seconds left, capping the 13th 50-point game of his career – including playoffs – and he threw the ball skyward at midcourt when time expired.

Nuggets add Sue Bird to front office staff

WNBA champion Sue Bird is joining the Denver Nuggets’ front office while continuing her own professional basketball playing career. Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly says Bird’s new title is basketball operations associate. Bird recently completed her 16th season in the WNBA with her third championship, all with the Seattle Storm.

It’s done: Jimmy Butler trade to Philadelphia completed

All-Star forward Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, after they and the Minnesota Timberwolves received approval from the league office Monday on the terms of the trade that was agreed to over the weekend.

AP Source: Jimmy Butler going to 76ers from Minnesota

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 11:46 p.m.

Jimmy Butler is headed to Philadelphia, ending the weeks-long saga of him wanting out of Minnesota. A person with knowledge of the situation says Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The trade will give Philadelphia a star trio, with Butler joining Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Butler told the Timberwolves in September he wanted to be traded, and it took weeks for the team to find a deal it would accept. The first order of business will be making the trade official, something that could come in time to get Butler in uniform for a game at Miami on Monday. – Associated Press

NBA Capsules: D’Angelo Russell scores 21, Nets defeat sloppy Sixers 122-97

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

D’Angelo Russell snapped out of a slump with 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the sloppy Philadelphia 76ers winless on the road with a 122-97 victory on Sunday night. The 76ers committed 28 turnovers, most in the NBA this season, leading to 39 points for the Nets. They fell to 0-5 away from home. They are 6-0 in Philadelphia. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 for the Nets. They took a small lead into halftime thanks to 17 Philadelphia turnovers, then blew it open with a 41-point third quarter that was one of the biggest in Barclays Center history.

NBA capsules: James Harden scores 25 in return, Rockets top Bulls 96-88

James Harden scored 25 points, including 11 in a decisive run in the third quarter, in his return to the Houston lineup and the Rockets defeated the Chicago Bulls 96-88 on Saturday night. Harden, who had missed three games with a strained left hamstring, scored 11 straight points in a 1:59 span of the third as the Rockets went on a 15-0 run.

NBA capsules: Ricky Rubio and Jazz beat Anthony Davis-less Pelicans, 132-111

Ricky Rubio had 28 points and 12 assists, Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz became the first team this season to beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 132-111 on Saturday night. New Orleans played without star forward Anthony Davis. He was ruled out shortly before the game because of his sprained right elbow – an injury through which he’d played in a victory a night earlier over Brooklyn.