NBA regular season

LeBron James pours in 34 as Lakers beat Bucks

LeBron James pours in 34 as Lakers beat Bucks

BIG BATTLE. Bucks' MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to shoot against Lakers forward Anthony Davis.

Photo by Nick Monroe/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The Lakers extend their franchise-best road start to 8-0 behind LeBron James’ season-high production

LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points to help keep the Los Angeles Lakers undefeated on the road this season with a 113-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night, January 21 (Friday, January 22, Philippine time).

The Lakers extended their franchise-best road start to 8-0.

Los Angeles’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a season-high 7 three-pointers on 10 attempts in a 23-point night, and Anthony Davis had 18 points and 9 rebounds. 

James shot 6-for-10 from three-point range and added 8 assists for the Lakers in the opener of a seven-game road trip.

Montrezl Harrell added 12 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which shot 19-of-37 (51.4%) from three-point distance.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 22 points and 7 assists and Khris Middleton scored 20 for Milwaukee, which lost its second straight. Antetokounmpo committed a career-high 9 turnovers.

The Lakers led 86-81 after 3 quarters, and they increased the gap to 96-85 on a Markieff Morris three-pointer with 8:42 to go. However, the Bucks pulled back within two with 3:05 left on a Middleton layup.

Alex Caruso sank a three-pointer to move Los Angeles ahead 108-101 with 1:42 remaining. After an Antetokounmpo layup, James hit a deep three-pointer to beat the shot clock and move the Lakers ahead 111-103 with 1:04 remaining, and Milwaukee was out of comebacks.

Caldwell-Pope, who came into the game second in the NBA in three-point percentage at 53.7%, hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to cap an 11-2 run to close the first half and give the Lakers a 63-57 lead at the break.

Caldwell-Pope and James made three-pointers to start the second half and give the Lakers their first double-digit lead at 69-57.

The Bucks came back with a 7-0 run and continued to stay close in the 3rd quarter despite two more treys from Caldwell-Pope.

The Bucks led by as many as 7 in the opener before taking a 33-29 lead into the 2nd quarter. –

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