The Los Angeles Lakers (15-21) overcame a 15-point, first-half deficit to secure a road victory over the Atlanta Hawks (17-19) on the 38th birthday of LeBron James, who seemingly called himself “the f—ing GOAT” after scoring a basket.
James finished the game with a season-high 47 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
He looked rejuvenated, playing in front of his wife Savannah and mother Gloria Marie, both of whom sat courtside.
King James put on a show, dunking a handful of times, and driving to the rim more than in any other game this season.
After one bucket at the basket, James got fouled and fell to the ground, but quickly got up and yelled into the crowd.
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James shot 18-for-27 from the field and went 4-for-6 from beyond the arc in 40 minutes of action.
Trae Young (20) and Dejounte Murray (29) combined for 49 points for Atlanta. Thomas Bryant, meanwhile, contributed to the win with 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Russell Westbrook was two boards shy of a triple-double, recording a 14-point, 11-assist double-double, instead.
The birthday celebration for James comes on a day littered with rumors that Lakers could trade him next year. After the team’s most recent loss, James said he wants to play “meaningful basketball.” Many fans saw his comments as a jab at Rob Pelinka, the franchise’s general manager.
Lakers take on the Charlotte Hornets (10-26) Monday to cap off a five-game road trip.