LeBron James scores season-high 48 points in Lakers win over Rockets

On January 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California, LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers passes the ball against Alperen Sengun #28 of the Houston Rockets in the second half at Arena. Ronald Martinez/AFP/Getty Images
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets 140-132 on Monday, ending a three-game losing streak. LeBron James scored a season-high 48 points, the fifth time in his last seven games.
Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and Kendrick Nunn added 15 to lead the Lakers to their first victory since their five-game winning streak ended on January 9. Los Angeles has won six of its last nine games and is 8-8 since Anthony Davis went down with a stress reaction in his right foot.

The Lakers had two turnovers, a franchise low.

James finished with nine assists and eight rebounds. He now has 38,072 career points, 315 behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time NBA scoring lead.

LeBron scored a season-high in the Lakers’ victory.

a total of 48 points
8 rebounds, 9 assists, and 5 three-pointers
Alperen Sengun had 33 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists for the Rockets, who saw their season-long losing streak extend to 11 games. Houston has now dropped 16 of its last 17 games.
The Rockets, who had not won a game since December 26, were led by Eric Gordon’s 19 points.
After shooting 54.2 percent in the first half, the Lakers led 37-35 after one quarter and 73-61 at halftime. Los Angeles tied its season-high in scoring in the first half, then led 102-98 after three quarters.
A 13-4 run to start the fourth quarter increased the Lakers’ lead to 13 points with 9:24 remaining. Houston closed to within 119-116 with 5:06 remaining after a dunk by Kenyon Martin Jr.
The Rockets remained in the game, closing to 133-131 on a layup by Gordon with 1:11 remaining before James banked in a jumper for a 135-131 lead with 50.1 seconds remaining. With 40.3 seconds remaining, James added two free throws for a 137-131 lead.
After missing the previous two games due to a non-COVID illness, Patrick Beverley scored 11 points for the Lakers.

For the Rockets, Martin had 17 points and Jabari Smith Jr. had 14.

Green and Jae’Sean Tate (seven points) both returned for the Rockets after being suspended for the team’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. During an on-court brawl against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, the punishments were leaving the bench area.