In a nail-biting clash, LeBron James and Anthony Davis showcased their prowess, combining for 64 points as the Los Angeles Lakers (8-6) narrowly survived the Houston Rockets (6-5) with a 105-104 victory on Sunday night.
LeBron James, fueled by Dillon Brooks’ earlier provocations, delivered a season-high 37 points, securing the win with a crucial go-ahead free throw in the final seconds.
The Lakers faced a resilient Rockets side, with Alperen Sengun’s late layup tying the game. However, James’ composure in the clutch moments secured the victory.
This marked 38-year-old James’ fifth 30-point game of the season, highlighting his consistent impact for the Lakers.
Earlier in the game, James achieved significant milestones, reaching 10,500 career assists and tying Vince Carter for seventh on the NBA’s 3-pointers list.
Davis complemented James with an impressive performance, contributing 27 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out in the closing minutes.
Austin Reaves, coming off the bench, played a crucial role with 17 points, providing valuable support for the Lakers.
On the other side, Dillon Brooks led the Rockets with 24 points, showcasing his scoring ability with a season-high six 3-pointers. Sengun added 23 points for Houston.
The Rockets, after a five-game winning streak, suffered their second consecutive loss in a tightly contested matchup.