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LeBron James leads Lakers to overwhelming victory over Nets

LeBron James did something on Sunday that he’s done many times in his 21-year NBA career: he scored 40 points in a victory

How he got there, though, was a bit newer. James tied a career-high by making nine 3-pointers in the win over the Brooklyn Nets, and he needed only 10 attempts to get there. That brought his 3-point percentage to a career-high 41.6% on the season, reflecting the growing reality that James, who will turn 40 next season, has needed to change his game as a result of his age.

Fans in New Hampshire went into a frenzy over New Hampshire sports betting when LeBron James tied Michael Jordan for the most career points in an NBA game with 40, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-104 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.

James is only the second player, after Jordan, to score 40 points in more than one NBA game after the age of 39.

Jordan, who played until he was 40, achieved that feat three times with James, 39, having now done it twice.

“Any time I’m linked with the greats, it’s pretty cool,” James said.

D’Angelo Russell scored 18 to move beyond 10,000 career points, while LeBron James also matched a career high by registering nine three-pointers at Barclays Center, New York.

“I love this game. I try to put everything into the game and with it, it gives back to me,” 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 three-point line.”

The Lakers are ninth in the Western Conference and on track for a play-off berth with the Nets sitting 11th in the Eastern.

Elsewhere, the Oklahoma City Thunder clinched a play-off spot for the first time since 2020 with a 113-112 win against the New York Knicks.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tipped the game in Thunder’s favour when he scored the winning point with just 2.6 seconds remaining.

The Denver Nuggets also ensured they will be involved in the season-ending play-offs after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 130-101.

Nikola Jokic, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, starred for the Nuggets, registering his 23rd triple-double of the season with 26 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists.

“It speaks to why he’s going to be a three-time MVP,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

“[It was] him showing up and saying, ‘I’m going to do what MVPs do. I’m going to lead us to a win.’”

The Dallas Mavericks made it seven wins on the bounce as Luka Doncic scored 47 points and matched his career-high of nine three-pointers in a 125-107 victory at the Houston Rockets.

Doncic also added 12 rebounds and seven assists to bring an end to the Rockets’ 11-game winning streak.


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