LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida (AP) – LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers showed some rust.
They stopped with plenty of time.
Anthony Davis scored 34 points, James had the basket of goals with 12.8 seconds remaining and the Lakers came closer to winning the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by beating the Los Angeles Clippers 103-101 on Thursday night in the NBA reopening doubleheader’s second game.
James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists to help the Lakers move 6 and a half games ahead of the Clippers in the west, with seven games remaining. Kyle Kuzma added 16 points.
Paul George had 30 points and Kawhi Leonard scored 28 for the Clippers, who had an advantage of 11 points in the middle of the third in a game with deep ebb and flow.
JAZZ 106, PELICANS 104
Rudy Gobert sank two free throws 6.9 seconds from the end to ensure a 14 point, 12 rebound and three block performance, giving Utah victory in the first game of the NBA restart.
New Orleans, who led most of the game and with up to 16 points, almost took the win when time expired when Brandon Ingram’s 3-point attempt marked a bitter end to his 23-point night.
Zion Williamson, who missed nearly two weeks of training after leaving the team due to a family medical problem on July 16, was considered fit to start, although his playing time was limited.
He scored 13 points in just over 15 minutes, highlighting a pair of holes in the alley, one in a half block throw from Lonzo Ball. But Williamson checked out with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter and had to watch the tense end of the sideline.
Jordan Clarkson scored 23 points for Utah and helped lead a comeback in the second half, while Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley added 20.
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