NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION NBA

LeBron, Giannis Have Big Games

February 5, 2020

The Associated Press
Photo: Mark J. Terrill

LeBron James absorbed contact and tumbled to the court while his fifth 3-pointer in a three-minute span dropped. The Los Angeles Lakers’ entire roster left the bench and crossed the court, gleefully picking up their leader while a sellout crowd cheered. James scored 19 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter with that incredible 3-point barrage, lifting the Lakers to a 129-102 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

“That’s what we’re all about,” James said. “Our team, anytime anyone is having success in the game, we cheer like it’s our own. So having that camaraderie, having that brotherhood, even though they’re beating you up, it’s just a pretty cool feeling.”

Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had the strength and savvy to outshine rookie sensation Zion Williamson in the latest double-digit triumph for the NBA-leading Bucks. Antetokounmpo had 34 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bucks defeated New Orleans 120-108 on Tuesday night.

Antetokounmpo also was a factor on defense. While he usually defends off the ball, coming in late for block attempts or rebounds, he had chances in New Orleans to guard Williamson and even dynamic wing player Brandon Ingram.

“I take pride in that, and whenever I have an opportunity to guard a guy 1-on-1, I like it,” said Antetokounmpo, whose defensive highlights included catching Williamson from behind on a fast break and swatting his shot out of bounds.

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