James has season-high 47 on 38th birthday, Lakers beat Hawks

LeBron James scored a season-high 47 points on his 38th birthday with many of the sellout crowd at State Farm Arena cheering his every move, and the Lakers beat Atlanta 130-121 on Friday night.

James, a four-time NBA MVP and an 18-time All-Star, finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists. James began the game ranked ninth in scoring with a 27.8 average.

The Hawks (17-19), who have lost three in row, blew a 15-point lead but regained a 101-100 lead on Aaron Holiday’s 3-pointer with 10:50 left. James hit a 3 from the right wing to make it 103-101 and L.A., which had lost nine of its past 13 games, did not trail again.

Wizards 119, Magic 100:
Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and 13 rebounds and visiting Washington routed shorthanded Orlando for its fourth straight victory.

The Wizards played without guard Bradley Beal for the second straight game because of a strained hamstring.

Franz Wagner had 28 points and eight assists for Orlando, and Paolo Banchero added 21 points. The Magic had only eight players available after suspensions by the NBA in the wake of an incident in Detroit on Wednesday night.

Raptors 113, Suns 104:
Gary Trent Jr. matched his season high with 35 points, Pascal Siakam had 26 and Toronto ended a five-game home losing streak. Chris Paul had 20 points and 12 assists, but committed six of Phoenix’s season-worst 27 turnovers.

Bulls 132, Pistons 118:
Zach LaVine scored a season-high 43 points and host Chicago pulled away in the closing minutes to beat Detroit. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 as the Bulls won for the fifth time in six games. Jaden Ivey led Detroit with 22 points.


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