LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nic Claxton threw down a tiebreaking alley-oop over LeBron James with 40.7 seconds left, and James Harden and the Brooklyn Nets returned from a week-long COVID-19 hiatus to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 Saturday night time.
Harden had 36 factors, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The final helper was a lob that Claxton caught with two arms whereas hovering over James, who had simply helped Los Angeles erase a 20-point deficit. Claxton posterized the 17-time All-Star, then made a free throw for a three-point play and a 118-115 lead.
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Patty Mills added 34 factors for the Nets, who had their previous three video games postponed as a result of they didn’t have sufficient gamers to compete. They have been nonetheless with out Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, amongst others. Bruce Brown had 16 factors and DeAndre’ Bembry had 15.
James scored 39 to move Kobe Bryant for many profession factors on Christmas Day, however it was not sufficient to cease the Lakers’ dropping streak from reaching 5. Russell Westbrook had 13 factors, 11 assists and 12 rebounds for his second profession vacation triple-double, and Malik Monk chipped in 20 factors.
James handed Bryant with the primary of two free throws with 3:52 left within the first half of his sixteenth sport on Christmas, tying Bryant’s report for many appearances. James has 422 factors on the vacation to Bryant’s 395.
After Claxton’s alley-oop, Westbrook missed a dunk on the different finish, and Harden knocked down 4 free throws to see out the win.
After falling behind early within the third quarter, the Nets reasserted themselves to shut the interval with a 102-82 lead because of robust taking pictures from a number of contributors. Harden paced Brooklyn with 9 factors, and the Nets knocked down 13 of 21 area objectives whereas forcing the Lakers into one other chilly streak after struggling to make pictures within the first quarter.
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Harden is the seventh participant to report a triple-double on Christmas. … Clayton completed with 9 factors and 6 rebounds. … Darren Collison had no factors, one help and two rebounds in 12 minutes in his first sport after signing a 10-day contract with the Lakers. The 34-year-old, who was born in Rancho Cucamonga and starred at UCLA, had retired in 2019 after taking part in 10 seasons with New Orleans, Indiana, Dallas, the Clippers and Sacramento.
Nets: On the Clippers on Monday.
Lakers: At Houston on Tuesday.
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