Lebron James scores 47 on his 38th birthday; Lakers defeat Hawks 130-121
Lebron James participates in his 20th season in the NBA and maintains a very high level.
LeBron James scored a season-high 47 points on his 38th birthday with much of the crowd at State Farm Arena cheering his every move, and the Los Angeles Lakers topped Friday's 130th -121 to the Atlanta Hawks. James, a four-time NBA MVP and 18-time All-Star, finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists. He scored 16 points in the second quarter, 13 in the third and 16 in the fourth. James started the game ranked ninth in scoring with a 27.8 average. The Hawks (17-19), who have lost three in a row, blew a 15-point lead but regained a 101-100 lead on Aaron Holiday's 3-pointer with 10:50 remaining. James hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 103-101 and Los Angeles never trailed again. The Lakers (15-21) went up 108-105 on James' straight 3, and the Hawks called timeout. The Lakers had lost nine of their last 13, but led 120-113 on James' three-point play with 2:18 to go. Much of the crowd rose to their feet roaring as he fouled John Collins for the sixth time and fell when he hit a layup. He hit the free throw and rallied on the next possession with a baseline reverse layup that brought the crowd to its feet again. Los Angeles led 126-119 on a Thomas Bryant layup with 55 seconds to go and was never threatened again. James finished with a pair of free throws to make it 130-121 with the crowd chanting: “MVP! MVPs!”