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LeBron caps busy weekend with 32 as Lakers beat Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James finished off a whirlwind weekend with another dazzling performance.

Not looking the least bit tired, James scored 32 points and the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to seven with a 101-96 victory over the pesky Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

The Lakers pulled even with Milwaukee for the NBA’s best record at 24-3.

“Highlights: sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t,” James said. “I try to play the game with a lot of joy.”

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James pushes Atlanta Hawks' Trae Young out of the way during their NBA game on Sunday. (AP)

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James pushes Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young out of the way during their NBA game on Sunday. (AP)

After scoring 28 points in a win at Miami on Friday night, James flew to Columbus, Ohio, to watch son Bronny play a high school game Saturday night.

Then, James traveled on to Atlanta to face the struggling Hawks.

He never considered sitting out.

“I don’t know how many games I’ve got left in my career,” the 34-year-old James said. “I don’t know how many kids show up to come see me play. … That’s my obligation. My obligation is to play.”

The Hawks kept it close all the way. Vince Carter passed up an open layup and dished to rookie Cam Reddish in the corner for a potential tying 3-pointer, but the shot clanked off the rim. Danny Green went to the other end and knocked down a pair of free throws to send the Hawks to their fourth straight loss.

“We did our best to compete,” Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce said. “I’m proud of our guys.”

If the home team was hoping to get an off night from James, he quickly dispelled that notion.

James had the crowd — many of them decked out in his No. 23 jersey — oohing and ahhing with an appropriate 23-point effort in the first half.

He threw down three thunderous slams. He knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers. He ventured out beyond the arc to swish a couple of 3-pointers — including a step-back shot from nearly 5 feet behind the stripe to finish off the first half, sending the Lakers to the locker room with a 55-48 lead.

He also had seven rebounds and blocked a shot, but the play that really had everyone talking was an assist — a no-look, between-the-legs pass that caught Dwight Howard breaking down the lane for a massive dunk.

Atlanta Hawks' Jabari Parker, right, blocks Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis. (AP)

Atlanta Hawks’ Jabari Parker, right, blocks Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis. (AP)

Rondo also contributed to the “Showtime” performance, finishing off a four-on-one with a dazzling move that looked as though he was about to throw up a lob to James streaking off the wing.

The lone defender, De’Andre Hunter, was left reeling as Rondo hung on to the ball for an uncontested layup. James flew in behind his teammate like he was going for the block, adding some style points to an already impressive play.

James wasn’t done.

In the third quarter, he pulled up just inside the Hawks center-court logo and swished another 3-pointer from 36 feet to give the Lakers a 10-point edge.

“He was spectacular,” Laker coach Frank Vogel said. “He had some all-time clips.”

Atlanta trailed by as many as 11 but kept the margin in single digits nearly the entire way.

Trae Young led the Hawks with 30 points.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Lakers. James also had 13 rebounds, along with seven assists.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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