- LeBron James was pleased with the Los Angeles Lakers, who beat the Toronto Raptors 122-112
- A returning D'Angelo was superb, scoring 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter
- The Lakers are now 6-2 since the All-Star break and are one and a half games behind LA Clippers in fifth
The Los Angeles Lakers registered their third win in a row, eating the Toronto Raptors 122-112.
LeBron James was delighted after the win as he continues to recover from a foot injury.
The Lakers are now 6-2 since the All-Star break and sit ninth in the Western Conference. They are only 1½ games behind the LA Clippers in fifth.
The 2020 NBA champions trailed by as much as 15 points, but D'Angelo Russell scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help them secure an important win.
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Anthony Davis struggled all night, finishing with eight points, nine rebounds, and three assists. Jarred Vanderbilt was the only starter apart from Russell to score in double digits (16).
Furthermore, the hosts' bench contributed 61 points. Austin Reaves had 18, Rui Hachimura scored 16, and Dennis Schroder added 23.
James reaction to Lakers win
The hosts survived Scottie Barnes' 32 points and O.G. Anunoby's 31 points to seal an important win in their quest for a playoff spot.
James seemed to love what he saw from his team.
"️️️️️ Man I love this team!!!"
Russell was just returning from an ankle issue that had kept him out of the Lakers' last six games.
"I was just flowing, honestly. Obviously this is my first game back and just itching to get back on the floor, so to get back out there and perform and be back out there with those guys, they were playing at a high level, and to be able to contribute to that was just fun," via ESPN.
Lakers gift James
Sports Brief earlier reported on the Lakers gifting James a diamond gold-encrusted pendant to commemorate the 38-year-old becoming NBA's all-time leading scorer.
The details of the pendant are exquisite. It comes with Eliantte's signature link chain, fastened with the NBA logo.
The gold pendant includes a roaring lion crowned with 'LJ' logo. James' jersey numbers 23 and 6 are also engraved on the pendant with the words 'NBA All-Time Leading Scorer'.