Friday's NBA: LeBron James trails only Kobe Bryant in Christmas scoring
Los Angeles — Anthony Davis scored 28 points and LeBron James had 22 while becoming the second-leading Christmas scorer in NBA history during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 138-115 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half, and Dennis Schröder had 18 points and six assists in a second strong game for both new additions to the NBA champions. Los Angeles outrebounded Dallas 53-27 and closed out its first win of the season with a dominant fourth quarter.
Luka Doncic had 27 points and seven assists in his first starring role in the NBA’s showcase Christmas evening game for Dallas. Josh Richardson and Trey Burke had 17 points apiece as the Mavs started 0-2 with a late fade at Staples Center.
James moved into second place behind Kobe Bryant for the most points scored on Christmas, passing Oscar Robertson in the third quarter. James has 383 points in 15 games on Christmas, while Bryant had 395 in 16 holiday appearances.
The Lakers were aggressive and accurate from the opening tip, taking a 69-57 halftime lead while hitting 61.4% of their shots.
Doncic went 3 for 10 in the first half but combined with Burke for 22 points in the third quarter to keep it close.
More Friday games
(At) Milwaukee 138, Golden State 99: Khris Middleton scored 31 points and the Bucks won their first Christmas Day home game in over half a century.
(At) Miami 111, New Orleans 98: Erik Spoelstra remained perfect on Christmas (8-0) and ex-Wolverine Duncan Robinson made seven 3-pointers – tying the most on Christmas ever – and scored 23 points.
Brooklyn 123, (at) Boston 95: Kyrie Irving scored 37 points with eight assists in his return to Boston and Kevin Durant added 29 to lead the Nets.
L.A. Clippers 121, (at) Denver 98: Paul George led the way with 23 points, five rebounds and nine assists, while Kawhi Leonard put up 21 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals.