LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 50 factors for the fifteenth time in his profession and helped rally the Los Angeles Lakers within the second half to a 122-109 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night time.
The 37-year previous famous person grew to become the oldest participant to have a number of 50-point video games in a season. Knicks legend Bernard King was the earlier oldest to do it at 34 in 1990-91 with Washington.
“He’s really good at basketball, that LeBron James,” coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “Just an incredible, unbelievable, epic performance. When he gets on a tear, try to leave him in as long as possible and make sure he has enough gas in the tank to finish.”
It is the second straight residence recreation throughout which James has scored no less than 50 and the third time he has accomplished it with the Lakers. He had a season-high 56 in a win over Golden State final Saturday.
James is the primary Lakers participant for the reason that late Kobe Bryant in 2008 to have back-to-back, 50-point residence video games.
“We just needed to pick our energy up and get more detailed about how we wanted to attack the Wizards. We did that, especially in the third quarter,” mentioned James, who was 18 of 25 from the sector and made six 3-pointers in 36 minutes. “I was able to hit a hot streak at one point. I just tried to stay in that zone as long as possible and hit a couple.”
James additionally had six rebounds and moved previous Dikembe Mutombo into twelfth place on the NBA’s profession defensive rebounds listing with 8,553.
James rallied the Lakers again with 12 straight factors throughout a 22-8 run after they took an 82-75 lead with 2:25 remaining. James’ flurry included a thunderous dunk halfway by means of the quarter to place Los Angeles up 73-70.
He then had 14 factors within the fourth quarter because the Lakers steadily pulled away. Los Angeles, which had dropped six of their final seven coming into the sport, led by as many as 18 halfway by means of the fourth.
Malik Monk scored 21 factors and Talen Horton-Tucker added 15 for the Lakers.
Kyle Kuzma, who performed for the Lakers for 4 seasons, led Washington with 23 factors and rookie Corey Kispert scored a career-high 21 factors, together with 5 3-pointers.