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NBA: LeBron James drops season-high 39 as Lakers beat Spurs

LeBron James scored a season-high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers escaped with a 143 to 138 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.

San Antonio has lost eight straight, tied for the fourth-longest skid in franchise history.

James matched a career high with seven three-pointers. He finished 11 for 21 from the field, including a booming one-handed dunk on a lob from Russell Westbrook with a minute remaining in the first half.

While James was playing in his second game following a five-game absence, Los Angeles center Anthony Davis sat out with a bruised left calf he sustained in Friday’s victory over San Antonio.

Dennis Schroder had 21 points and six assists for Los Angeles. Former Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV had 19 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter to help seal the Lakers’ fifth victory in six games.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas