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LeBron James pours in 34 as Lakers beat Bucks



Los Angeles, United States   /   Fri, January 22, 2021   /   11:05 am
LeBron James pours in 34 as Lakers beat Bucks LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react after winning the 2020 NBA Championship in Game Six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on October 11, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Agence France Presse/Douglas P. Defelice)

LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points to help keep the Los Angeles Lakers undefeated on the road this season with a 113-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

The Lakers extended their franchise-best road start to 8-0.

Los Angeles' Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a season-high seven 3-pointers on 10 attempts in a 23-point night, and Anthony Davis had 18 points and nine rebounds. James shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and added eight assists for the Lakers in the opener of a seven-game road trip.

Montrezl Harrell added 12 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which shot 19 of 37 (51.4 percent) from 3-point distance.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 22 points and seven assists and Khris Middleton scored 20 for Milwaukee, which lost its second straight. Antetokounmpo committed a career-high nine turnovers.

The Lakers led 86-81 after three quarters, and they increased the gap to 96-85 on a Markieff Morris 3-pointer with 8:42 t go. However, the Bucks pulled back within two with 3:05 left on a Middleton layup.

Alex Caruso sank a 3-pointer to move Los Angeles ahead 108-101 with 1:42 remaining. After an Antetokounmpo layup, James hit a deep 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and move the Lakers ahead 111-103 with 1:04 remaining, and Milwaukee was out of comebacks.

Caldwell-Pope, who came into the game second third in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 53.7 percent, hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to cap an 11-2 run to close the first half and give the Lakers a 63-57 lead at the break.

Caldwell-Pope and James made 3-pointers to start the second half and give the Lakers their first double-digit lead at 69-57.

The Bucks came back with a 7-0 run and continued to stay close in the third quarter despite two more treys from Caldwell-Pope.

The Bucks led by as many as seven in the first quarter before taking a 33-29 lead into the second.