LeBron James soared for a huge ‘Statue of Liberty’ dunk as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 19-point deficit to stun the Houston Rockets 111-106.
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James Harden extended his streak of 30-plus-point games to 32 but it was James’ 29 points that had more impact on the outcome of the Western Conference clash.
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Houston had taken a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter after leading by as many as 19 in the third. The Lakers started their comeback by closing the third quarter with a 15-4 run to get with single digits.
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With momentum swinging the Lakers way and five minutes left in the game, James produced his highlight play of the night, blowing by Rockets defender Clint Capela at the top of the key, driving hard into the lane, then elevating with the ball raised high in his right hand before hammering home a dunk on helpless Houston shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Thursday night's scores
- Houston Rockets 106-111 Los Angeles Lakers
- Sacramento Kings 123-125 Golden State Warriors
- Miami Heat 102-106 Philadelphia 76ers
- Boston Celtics 97-98 Milwaukee Bucks
- Portland Trail Blazers 113-99 Brooklyn Nets
- Phoenix Suns 98-111 Cleveland Cavaliers
The play drew the Lakers within three points and moments later James made two free throws that gave them a 99-97 lead that they would not relinquish.
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Click the video at the top of the page to watch LeBron’s ‘Statue of Liberty’ dunk then click the video directly above for the highlights of his scoring duel with Harden.
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