LeBron James sets off Lakers rally to overtake Kings


January 4, 2022; Los Angeles, California, United States; Sacramento Kings center Damian Jones (30) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Malik Monk (11) in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and Malik Monk totaled 55 points, including five to 3 points in a fourth-quarter rally that saw the host Los Angeles Lakers overtake the Sacramento Kings 122-114 on Tuesday night.

James finished with a record 31 points and Monk had 24 as the Lakers earned a third straight win to open a five-game homestand.

De’Aaron Fox has 30 points, the team’s top, and Buddy Hield has 26 for the Kings, who have lost only for the second time in their last five games.

The Lakers trailed 96-89 with 8:11 remaining before gaining 14 points from James and 11 from Monk in a 33-18 final. James hit a pair of 3s and Monk hit three as part of the flurry.

After James and Hield split four straight three-pointers, Monk and Tyrese Haliburton traded two-point hoops. Monk definitely gave the Lakers the lead, 112-110, with a 3 point score 2:50 from the end.

James then added a pair of baskets to increase the lead to six with 52.5 seconds remaining, and Los Angeles held their ground from there.

Monk finished 6 for 11 of 3 points for the Lakers, who won despite shooting 51.8% to 49.5% overall and 41-34 to three.

Talen Horton-Tucker and Russell Westbrook added 19 points each for the Lakers, while Dwight Howard posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds, a record high.

Hield made seven 3-pointers in 13 attempts to represent the majority of his 26 points.

Harrison Barnes scored 14 points and Damian Jones 11 for the Kings. Marvin Bagley III led Sacramento with 12 rebounds, while Haliburton had nine assists to complete seven points.

Playing their ninth consecutive game without Anthony Davis (sprained knee), the Lakers led 89-85 on Carmelo Anthony’s hoop from the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Kings then had a race. Haliburton scored 3 points and Davion Mitchell scored twice from inside in an 11-0 push that saw Sacramento equal either team’s biggest lead of the game, 96-89 , with 8:11 to play.

– Media at field level

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