LEBRON James scored a season-high 46 points, including 22 in the fourth quarter, to lift the visiting Los Angeles (LA) Lakers to a 115-108 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
James scored 13 points in the final 4:41 to help the Lakers pull away and improve to 10-0 on the road this season.
Anthony Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, and Montrezl Harrell scored 15 off the bench.
The Lakers led 100-98 when James began his late surge with a 3-pointer from the edge of the mid-court logo. He sank another trey to make it 108-100 with 3:36 left, and yet another for six-point edge with 1:34 to go. His 17-footer with 58.9 seconds remaining stretched the lead to 115-107.
James shot 19 of 26 from the field, including seven of 11 from 3-point distance, and added eight rebounds and six assists.
James shot nine of 10 in the first half and scored 23 points to help Los Angeles to a 65-58 lead, but the Cavaliers opened the second half with a 12-4 run to move ahead 70-69.
The teams continued to trade leads during the third quarter before the Cavaliers took an 89-87 edge into the fourth after holding James to two points in the third.
The Cavaliers also built an early six-point lead, but the Lakers surged ahead later in the first quarter behind James, who scored 17 points in the period on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 4-of-5 success from 3-point range.
James, who was playing in Cleveland for the second time since leading the Cavaliers to the 2016 National Basketball Association (NBA) title, closed the first quarter with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to push the lead to 34-23.
The Lakers led by as many as 14 in the second quarter, but Cleveland cut the deficit back to single digits when Osman made a running hook-shot 3-pointer at the buzzer to cut the gap to 65-58 at the break. — Reuters