The Los Angeles Lakers capped off their seventh consecutive game in a 101-96 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday night. After a busy weekend, LeBron James scored a game-high 32 points in the win, as the Lakers drew even with Milwaukee for the NBA’s best record at 24-3.
James also had seven rebounds and blocked a shot, but the play that had everyone talking was an assist – a no-look, between-the-legs pass that caught Dwight Howard breaking down the lane for a massive dunk.
The Hawks kept it close all the way, and had a chance to steal a victory from Los Angeles late in the game. Future Hall-of-Famer, Vince Carter, who scored seven points, passed from an open layup and dished to rookie Cam Reddish in the corner for a potential tying 3-pointer, but the shot clanked off the rim. Danny Green went to the other end and knocked down a pair of free throws to send the Hawks to their fourth straight loss.
LeBron in year 17, doesn't believe in load management:
“I don’t know how many games I got left in my career. I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game that are there to come see me play”
— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) December 16, 2019
Atlanta trailed by as many as 11 points, but kept the margin in single digits nearly the entire way. Second-year star guard, Trae Young scored 30 points (9-22 FG, 3-11 3PT) along with seven assists and two steals.
Anthony Davis scored 27 points and recorded 13 rebounds, but hurt his right ankle when fouled on a lay-up in the closing minutes of the game.
Up next, the Lakers will head to Indiana on Tuesday for the next-to-last game on their five-game Eastern trip.