LeBron James drops 40 points with career-best 3-point performance to lead Lakers past Nets | Top Vip News

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LeBron James nearly set a new benchmark Sunday night at Barclays Center.

James, while leading the Los Angeles Lakers past the Brooklyn Nets 116-104, dropped 40 points and was a near-perfect 9-of-10 from behind the arc. His 40 points tied his highest production so far this season, and his nine three-pointers tied his all-time personal best.

While it didn’t break his record, it was significantly more efficient than the first time he accomplished the feat. That time, last season against the Los Angeles Clippers, James was 9 of 14 from behind the arc.

James is now just the second Lakers player in franchise history to hit nine 3-pointers in a game multiple times, something Kobe Bryant did four times in his career. James, however, is the first player to make all nine three-pointers while shooting 90% from that distance.

In total, James made 13 of 17 field goals and had seven rebounds and five assists to complete his 40 points.

The Lakers took the lead from the jump on Sunday and led all the way. In fact, they opened the game on a long 17-0 run and held the Nets scoreless for more than half of the first quarter before taking a 21-point lead after the first 12 minutes. From there, everything was smooth sailing until the victory by 12 points.

James, who is in his 21st season in the league, hinted at the end of his career after the game.

“Not much,” James said when asked how much longer he would play. “Obviously I’m on the other side of the ball. I’m not going to play another 21 years, that’s for sure. Not for a long time. I don’t know when that door will close as far as when I retire.” But I don’t have much time left.”

Anthony Davis added 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers and was 9 of 12 from the field, and Rui Hachimura finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, and Gabe Vincent’s lone field goal represented his only points off the bench of the night.

Cam Thomas led the Nets with 30 points in the loss, and Mikal Bridges finished with 13 points and four assists after going just 3 of 11 from behind the arc. The loss, which snapped a three-game winning streak, left the Nets with a record of 29-46 on the season. They sit 11th in the Eastern Conference standings, 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot. All teams below the Nets in the standings have already been eliminated from playoff contention.

James and the Lakers now have a 42-33 record after the win, putting them ninth in the Western Conference standings. They have a two-game lead over the Golden State Warriors in the standings with seven games left in the regular season.

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