LeBron carries Lakers to massive 21-point comeback win in fourth vs. Clippers

LeBron James showcased a remarkable performance in the fourth quarter, contributing 19 of his 34 points, as the Los Angeles Lakers orchestrated a stunning comeback from a 21-point deficit to secure a thrilling 116-112 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers. In the closing moments of the game, Kawhi Leonard missed a crucial shot, and James capitalized by assisting Cam Reddish for a dunk, sealing the victory for the Lakers in the final regular-season matchup between the two teams in their shared downtown arena.

During the fourth quarter, the 39-year-old James played a pivotal role, hitting a season-high seven 3-pointers, outscoring the Clippers single-handedly (19-16), and being involved in 11 of the Lakers’ 13 baskets. James expressed the feeling of being in a “zone” where every shot seemed destined to go in. Kawhi Leonard contributed 26 points, and James Harden added 23 points and nine assists for the Clippers, who faced back-to-back losses for the first time since December 23.

The Clippers, missing key players like Paul George and Ivica Zubac, had a significant lead of 21 points at the start of the fourth quarter. However, James led a remarkable 29-8 run in just over seven minutes, ultimately securing the Lakers’ victory. Despite the loss, Clippers coach Tyronn Lue emphasized the importance of not letting one defeat overshadow their overall performance and progress.

The Lakers, winning three out of four matchups against the Clippers this season, secured the season series for the first time since 2011-12. Anthony Davis contributed 20 points and 12 rebounds, and D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points for the Lakers. The shared era at Staples Center, the home they both occupied for 25 years, comes to an end as the Clippers prepare to move to the Intuit Dome this fall, marking a new chapter in their franchise history.

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