LeBron James scored 27 points but New Orleans Pelicans snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 131-121 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers
The New Orleans Pelicans snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 131-121 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, even as Lakers superstar LeBron James crept closer to the NBA all-time scoring record.
Pelicans Down Lakers
Brandon Ingram shook off a scoreless first quarter to lead the Pelicans with 35 points. CJ McCollum added 23 and Trey Murphy added 21 as New Orleans turned the tide against a Lakers team that scored 72 points in the first half and led by 12 midway through the third quarter.
James scored 27 points and now needs 36 to overtake Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387.
He’s averaging more than 30 points per game this season, and could well achieve the summit next week when the Lakers host Oklahoma City on Tuesday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
However, the Lakers were still desperate to win and both were eyeing a play-in tournament spot as they missed the chance to beat the Pelicans.
James said Darvin Ham “I just want to win, play right and see what happens” when his coach stressed the urgency of the Lakers situation.
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“We have to win these games,” said Hamm. “We had complete control of the game.”
Lakers star Anthony Davis scored his 34 points against the team in front, and the Pelicans scored a goal late in the third quarter from McCallum. He was eight points behind when he scored.
New Orleans stole an inbounds pass and José Alvarado scored a 3-pointer to move Pells into fourth place by three points.
“The third killed us,” he said James. “We gave them 42 for third. Last time we had the ball, we were leading in sixth, but we had a chance to win with eight or nine, so we turned the ball around.
Midway through the fourth, Murphy tied the three points in a row, giving New Orleans a six-point lead on the route to their first win since January 13th.
NBA: Curry Hobbles out
The Golden State Warriors beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-113 at home after superstar Stephen Curry limped in the third quarter with a left leg injury.
The Warriors were leading all the way against the Mavs team without injuring his star Luca Doncic, but when Curry hit his knee with Dallas’ McKinley with his right and put him in the locker room. After I left, things tightened up.
Curry’s 21 points lead the Warriors, and the Warriors’ 23-point lead had shrunk to five by 1:28.
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J. Warren was also without Irving, but Irving said he had “a sore right calf” and wanted to sit out before the close of trading next week.
Krista Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 points before he fouled. Washington quickly took the lead and in the first half he built a 23-point lead.
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However, with reserve Cam Thomas scoring his career-high 44 points and Edmond Sumner scoring his 29, the Nets were able to pull off their biggest comeback victory of the season.
NBA: Giannis Triple-Double
In Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a triple-double of 35 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 123-115 win over the Miami heat for the seventh straight time.
LOS ANGELES After his thrilling 106-105 victory over the Clippers on Thursday, Antetokounmpo achieved his double for the third time this season following a 54-point breakout.
Jimmy Butler scored 32 points in Miami with Kyle Lowry and Victor Oladipo uninjured and only his nine players remaining.
In New York, Kawhi Leonard added 35 points and Paul George added 30 as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Knicks 134-128 in overtime, despite losing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Clippers Wing’s Nicholas Batum scored his three-point shot as time loomed in regulation tying the score at 115-115.
The Clippers scored the first four points of the extra session to eventually regain the lead, holding off Knicks guard Jalen Brunson’s 41-point performance.
Western Conference League leader Denver beats the Atlanta Hawks with his two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Award winner Jamal Murray and his 14-point, 18-rebound, 10-assist triple-double of his 41-point streak. He won 128-108.
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