LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored a season-high 43 points and extended his streak of 30-point games to seven in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 139-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Friday night.
Malik Monk scored 18 points, Carmelo Anthony added 16 points and Russell Westbrook (15 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists) scored his ninth triple-double this season for the Lakers, who had lost six of their last seven in the game. .
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Portland’s Ben McLemore came off the bench to end his season high with 28 points in his first game back after clearing the league’s health and safety records. Damian Lillard added 18 points to the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight and 11 of their last 13.
It’s the fifth time in James’ sensational 19-year career and the first time since joining the Miami Heat in February 2013 that he has had a streak of at least seven in a row with 30 points. James’ longest stretch is 10 with the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the 2005-06 season.
James – who also had 14 rebounds – was 16 of 26 from the field, making five 3-pointers in a game in which the Lakers led all the way. He made his first four shots as Los Angeles ran out to a 19-6 lead just over four minutes later, then finished with 15 points in the first quarter and had a double-double in points and rebounds midway through the game. second quarter.
The Lakers were up 69-54 at the break on 27 points from James. Their biggest lead was 35 in the last minute of the match.
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Trail Blazers: Portland had a season-high 21 offensive rebounds. … McLemore’s 16 points in the first quarter were a season-high for a player who came off the bench during the first 12 minutes of a game this season. … Lillard hit a 3-pointer late in the second quarter to tie Paul Pierce to ninth place on the NBA list of all time with 2,143.
Lakers: Los Angeles made a season-high 19 3-points… The 43 first-quarter points were a season-high. … With his second field goal of the night, Anthony Dominique Wilkins passed to a 15th place finish on the NBA’s all-time field goals list.
Trail Blazers: Host Atlanta on Monday to begin a four-game home game.
Lakers: Host for Minnesota on Sunday.
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