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LeBron’s 40-point game and 3-point shooting lead Lakers to victory 

lebron s 40 point game and 3 point shooting lead lakers to victory 

On Sunday, LeBron James scored 40 points and tied a career-high with nine 3-pointers on 10 tries as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 116-104.

A four-time NBA MVP and the NBA’s oldest active player at 39, LeBron James made 13-of-17 shots from the floor and added seven rebounds and five assists to earn a standing ovation from Brooklyn fans.

“I was feeling pretty good today, obviously, shooting the ball from the perimeter,” James said. “I just try to continually put my game where I have no weaknesses out on the floor, especially offensively. Tonight I had it going from the 3-point line.”

James achieved his 77th NBA career 40-point game to match Oscar Robertson for seventh on an all-time list topped by Wilt Chamberlain’s 271.

“I love this game. I try to put everything into the game and with it, it gives back to me,” James said. “Anytime I’m linked with the greats -– and obviously Big O was a big inspiration for me growing up, reading about his history –- it’s pretty cool.”

Anthony Davis added 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Japan’s Rui Hachimura had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Lakers seized a 17-0 lead and never looked back.

D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points and cracked the 10,000 career point barrier in the triumph as the Lakers improved to 42-33, just ahead of Golden State in the last two Western Conference play-in spots.

“Just extremely thankful that he packed the cape on this road trip,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said of the super-heroic display by James.

James wasn’t the only superstar with nine 3-pointers Sunday. Luka Doncic scored 47 points on 18-of-30 shooting, 9-of-16 from 3-point range, to lead Dallas over host Houston 125-107, snapping the Rockets’ 11-game win streak and stretching the Mavericks’ win streak to seven games.

Golden State kept pace with the Lakers by winning 117-113 at San Antonio. Stephen Curry scored 33 points to lead the Warriors, while rookie Victor Wembanyama led the hosts with 32 points.


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