LeBron James’ big finish helps Lakers beat Raptors in OT

LeBron James big finish helps Lakers beat Raptors in OT

Behind the stellar play of LeBron James and Russell Westbrook, and the solid play from the reserves, the Lakers pulled out a hard-fought 128-123 overtime win on the road against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

James had 36 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Westbrook had a triple-double of 22 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Lakers break an 11-game losing streak on the road. James scored 16 of his points in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers forced the overtime after Westbrook got a steal on a Raptors inbounds play, then raced up court and knocked down a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in the fourth to tie the score at 116-116.

Avery Bradley knocked down a three-pointer off a pass from Westbrook to give the Lakers a 125-123 lead and Bradley converted two free throws with 12.6 seconds left for a 127-123 lead that sealed the game.

Wenyan Gabriel, who started Friday, contributed 17 points while Bradley and Austin Reaves came off the bench to add 14 and 10 points, respectively. Reaves also had seven rebounds and six assists.

Rookie Scottie Barnes had a season-high 31 points while grabbing 17 rebounds and making six assists to lead the Raptors. Gary Trent Jr. made four of eight three-points to finish with 23 points while Fred VanVleet scored 20 with seven assists.



When: 5 p.m. PDT, Saturday.

On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet; Radio: 710, 1330

Update: The Wizards (29-40) had lost six straight after falling to the Knicks 100-97 on Friday night in New York. Washington had been challenging Charlotte for 10th in the East but are now 5 1/2 games behind after the Hornets have won five of their last seven.

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