LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 20 of his 42 factors within the fourth quarter and Josh Hart hit two clutch 3-pointers within the last minutes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ fourth straight victory, 121-113 over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night time.
Kyle Kuzma had 22 factors and 9 rebounds for the Lakers, who misplaced Brandon Ingram to a sprained left ankle within the first quarter. Los Angeles nonetheless beat the Spurs for the primary time in three tries this season, however solely after James dramatically took management of one other fourth quarter throughout his third 40-point sport since becoming a member of the Lakers.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 factors and Rudy Homosexual had a season-high 31 earlier than fouling out for the Spurs within the first of back-to-back video games in three days to wrap up the season collection between these longtime West rivals. They’ll meet once more in San Antonio on Friday night time.
San Antonio held an eight-point lead within the fourth earlier than James began a rally by scoring 9 consecutive factors. James hit an extra-long 3-pointer moments later, however the Spurs surged again forward once more.
Hart hit a tying Three with 3:04 left, adopted by a go-ahead Three from James on the following possession. Hart and James hit consecutive clutch 3-pointers moments later, and James added a layup with 41 seconds left.
James scored all 20 of his fourth-quarter factors within the last 9½ minutes, going 7 of eight from the sector with three 3-pointers. He additionally had six assists and 5 rebounds.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 factors and 9 rebounds for the Spurs.
Homosexual poured in 16 factors in the course of the third quarter of his highest-scoring efficiency for the Spurs and a private finest for the injury-plagued scorer since Jan. 5, 2016. However he had only one basket within the last 10½ minutes earlier than fouling out with 27 seconds left.
San Antonio made a 24-10 run out of halftime to take its greatest lead at 69-60, with Homosexual scoring 16 factors within the third quarter and DeRozan including 12.
Spurs: Longtime Lakers large man Pau Gasol didn’t get to play towards his outdated staff. He’s out with a stress fracture in his left foot.
Lakers: Ingram had performed at the least 25 minutes in each sport since he returned from a four-game suspension for combating in Los Angeles’ residence opener.
Ingram left halfway by way of the opening quarter after getting damage whereas Aldridge dedicated a flagrant foul towards him. The Lakers’ third-leading scorer had X-rays that got here again destructive, however the staff determined to relaxation him for the night time. Ingram scored 5 factors earlier than leaving. The previous No. 2 general draft decide has been a key part of the Lakers’ beginning lineup round James, offering size on the perimeter and bettering his drives to the ring.
Spurs: Host the Lakers on Friday.
Lakers: Go to the Spurs on Friday.
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