LeBron James shines as Lakers ease past Nets

NBA action is in full flow

By Web Desk
April 01, 2024
James bagged his 77th NBA career 40-point game to equal Oscar Robertson for seventh on an all-time list led by Wilt Chamberlain's 271. - NBA

LeBron James was in sublime form on Sunday as the Los Angeles Lakers registered a 116-104 NBA victory at Brooklyn.

James notched up 40 points and matched a career-high with nine 3-pointers on 10 attempts.

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player received a standing ovation after he racked up 13-of-17 shots from the floor in total, along with seven rebounds and five assists.

"I was feeling pretty good today, obviously, shooting the ball from the perimeter," 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 3-point line."

James bagged his 77th NBA career 40-point game to equal Oscar Robertson for seventh on an all-time list led by Wilt Chamberlain's 271.

"I love this game. I try to put everything into the game and with it, it gives back to me," James said.

"Anytime I'm linked with the greats -– and obviously Big O was a big inspiration for me growing up, reading about his history –- it's pretty cool."

Anthony Davis contributed with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Rui Hachimura notched up 20 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, D'Angelo Russell scored 18 points and broke the 10,000 career point barrier in the win.

The Lakers are now 42-33, just above Golden State in the last two Western Conference play-in spots.

"Just extremely thankful that he packed the cape on this road trip," Lakers coach Darvin Ham said of the super-heroic display by James.

"We needed all nine of those threes. (We) kind of dropped the rope in terms of what we were doing... turned the ball over way too much, but that said, you have to just overcome these things... And we were able to do that by some huge shot-making by him."

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