January 24, 2020 / 3:54 AM / a month ago

LeBron has triple-double as Lakers dump Nets

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Jan 23, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) looks to pass as Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) defends during the first quarterat Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James totaled 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 128-113 victory over the struggling Brooklyn Nets Thursday night in New York.

James posted his 91st career triple-double and 10th this season as the Lakers won for the 12th time in 14 games in front of a crowd that featured former President Bill Clinton and many Los Angeles fans. James exited to a standing ovation from many fans after checking out for good with 4:42 remaining and the Lakers up 23.

James shot 11 of 19 from the floor as the Lakers shot 50 percent overall and hit a season-high 19 3-pointers.

James ended the game at 33,626 points, 17 behind Kobe Bryant for third on the all-time scoring list. His first chance at passing Bryant will be Saturday in Philadelphia.

Anthony Davis added 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Lakers to a 52-41 rebounding margin. Kyle Kuzma also added 16 as the Lakers got 55 points from their bench.

Dwight Howard also posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Danny Green hit four 3-pointers and contributed 14 points.

Kyrie Irving scored 20 points but it was not enough as the Nets dropped their fifth straight game and fell to 2-12 in their last 14 games. Taurean Prince added 18 while Caris LeVert contributed 16 as the Nets shot 44 percent and lost despite hitting 21 3-pointers.

The Lakers settled for a 38-35 lead after shooting 58.3 percent in the first quarter and allowing the Nets to end the period on a 13-6 run over the final 2:33. The Lakers took the lead for good shortly after James returned in the second quarter, held a 75-70 lead by halftime and took an 88-75 lead after Green sank three 3-pointers in the first 3:58 of the third.

The Nets were within 95-94 on a 3-pointer by Irving with 50 seconds left but Davis and Rajon Rondo hit 3-pointers before Jared Dudley’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer pushed the lead to 104-94 lead entering the fourth. Los Angeles then finished off the win by starting the final quarter with a 17-2 blitz and took a 121-96 lead on a jumper by James with 5:32 remaining.

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