LOS ANGELES: LeBron James scored a team high 21 points and equaled his season best of 16 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a four game losing streak with a 128-120 win over Portland on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

lebron - LeBron James scores 21 as Lakers snap losing streak
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (right) shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers center Hassan Whiteside during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon. AP PHOTO

“We just wanted to play well,” James said. “We just try to play the right way, sharing the ball on offence. Win, lose, or draw we did that tonight.”

James was a late addition to the lineup because of a groin injury that has hampered his play of late. James said treatment for the injury includes plenty of ice packs.

“I am doing all right. I am playing on it. I let the ice take care of it’s business,” he said.

Kyle Kuzma scored a team-high 24 points and Anthony Davis added 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the win.

Coach Frank Vogel said the Lakers needed to clean up the mistakes that caused them to suffer their longest losing streak of the season.

“We got a win and we are all happy about it,” he said. “We made some adjustments to things that were hurting us the last couple of games.”

Damian Lillard recorded 31 points and nine assists for the Trail Blazers, who lost their third straight game.

Elsewhere, Kyle Lowry scored 30 points as the Toronto Raptors avenged a Christmas Day loss to Boston with a 113-97 rematch victory over the Celtics.

Serge Ibaka finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors snapped a two-game losing skid which included a 118-102 loss to Boston on Wednesday, as the two Eastern Conference contenders were playing for the second time in less than 72 hours.

Patrick McCaw had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, while a resurgent Fred VanVleet also scored 18 points in the win for the defending NBA champs. Lowry also had seven assists in front of the crowd of 19,100 at the Boston Garden arena.

Kemba Walker scored 30 points for the Celtics, who had their five-game winning streak halted.

The injury-hit Raptors managed to slow down Jaylen Brown, who finished with 17 points. Gordon Hayward (13), Jayson Tatum (12) and Enes Kanter (11) also reached double figures in scoring.

The Raptors were playing without forwards Norman Powell (shoulder) and Pascal Siakam (groin), as well as center Marc Gasol (hamstring).

Also, Luka Doncic tallied 31 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 141-121 victory over the hapless Golden State Warriors.

In New Orleans, Brandon Ingram scored 24 points, and a half dozen teammates also scored in double figures as the New Orleans Pelicans cruised past the Indiana Pacers 120-98. AFP

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *