LeBron James and Malik Monk combined for 55 points, including five three-pointers in a fourth-quarter rally that allowed the host Los Angeles Lakers to overtake the Sacramento Kings, 122-114, on Tuesday night, January 4 (Wednesday, January 5, Manila time).
James finished with a game-high 31 points and Monk had 24 as the Lakers won a third straight to open a five-game homestand.
De’Aaron Fox scored a team-high 30 points and Buddy Hield tallied 26 for the Kings, who lost for just the second time in their last five games.
The Lakers trailed 96-89 with 8:11 remaining before riding 14 points from James and 11 from Monk in a 33-18 finish. James hit a pair of three-pointers and Monk three as part of the flurry.
After James and Hield had split four consecutive lead-changing three-pointers, Monk and Tyrese Haliburton exchanged two-point hoops. Monk gave the Lakers the lead for good, 112-110, with a triple with 2:50 to go.
James then added a pair of baskets to increase the lead to six with 52.5 seconds remaining, and Los Angeles held on from there.
Monk wound up 6-for-11 on three-pointers for the Lakers, who won despite getting outshot 51.8% to 49.5% overall and 41-34 on threes.
Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook added 19 points apiece for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard put up a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
Hield made seven three-pointers in 13 attempts to account for a majority of his 26 points.
Harrison Barnes scored 14 points and Damian Jones 11 for the Kings. Marvin Bagley III led Sacramento with 12 rebounds, while Haliburton amassed a game-high 9 assists to complement 7 points.
Playing their ninth consecutive game without Anthony Davis (sprained knee), the Lakers led 89-85 on Carmelo Anthony’s hoop in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
The Kings then made a run. Haliburton hit a three-pointer and Davion Mitchell scored twice from the interior in an 11-0 spurt that allowed Sacramento to equal either team’s largest lead of the game, 96-89, with 8:11 remaining. – Rappler.com