James sparks Lakers past Hawks

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    HARD TO STOP: Lakers star Anthony Davis shoots over Hawks forward Danilo Gallinari in first half play. REUTERS PHOTO

    LEBRON James scored 21 points, including the final nine points of the game for the Lakers, and made a crucial defensive play to help visiting Los Angeles hold off the Atlanta Hawks 107-99 on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

    Atlanta had cut a 10-point deficit to one point when James made a 3-pointer with 1:12 left to regain the momentum. James then came from behind to block Clint Capela’s shot and made a basket at the other end to push the lead back to six. James was 4-for-4 at the line in the final 19 seconds to secure the win.

    Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 25 points and Dennis Schroder scored 16 against his former team. The Lakers were 5-2 on the road trip and have won two straight.

    The Hawks got 25 points and a season-high 16 assists from Trae Young, 22 points from John Collins and 16 points and 13 rebounds from Capela.

    Neither team was able to take control in the first half, with the Lakers leading by as many as seven and the Hawks by four. Los Angeles was up 28-25 after one quarter and took a 50-46 lead into halftime thanks to a late 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

    In other games, it was the Rockets 136, Thunder 106; Suns 109, Mavericks 108; Grizzlies 133, Spurs 102; Hornets 129, Heat 121 (OT); Bucks 134, Blazers 106; Bulls 110, Knicks 102; Kings 118, Pelicans 109; Cavaliers 100, Wolves 98.

    Rockets 136 – Thunder 106

    Eric Gordon scored 25 points and led the Rockets’ record 3-point barrage as Houston rolled to a win over the host Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Gordon hit five of the Rockets’ franchise-best 28 treys. Houston earned its sixth win in a row and moved above .500 for the first time this season. DeMarcus Cousins also hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points.

    The Rockets’ previous record for 3-pointers in a game was 27 last season, which set an NBA record at the time. The Milwaukee Bucks broke that record earlier this season with 29.
    Suns 109 – Mavericks 108

    Devin Booker nailed a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to cap a wild finish that gave visiting Phoenix a victory over Dallas.

    In the rematch of a game the Suns won 111-105 on Saturday night in Dallas, the Mavericks had a shot at breaking a five-game losing streak, but Luka Doncic couldn’t connect from 28 feet at the final horn.

    Booker, who missed the Suns’ previous four games with a hamstring injury, went for 24 points in 31 minutes. Chris Paul had 34 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Phoenix while Deandre Ayton put up 10 points and 17 rebounds. Luka Doncic totaled 25 points and eight assists while Kristaps Porzingis registered 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.