Lakers, LeBron James extend hot streak with down-to-the-wire win over Kings

The Los Angeles Lakers (19-21) just barely managed to defeat the Sacramento Kings (20-18) Saturday night at Golden 1 Center on the back of a 37-point performance from LeBron James.

James, 38, led the Purple & Gold to a fifth consecutive victory, adding seven assists and eight rebounds to his spectacular outing.

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Thomas Bryant has stepped up for the Lakers since being without the injured Anthony Davis (foot).

Bryant, 25, was the second leading scorer for LA with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

Russell Westbrook contributed to the victory with 23 points and a season-high 15 assists in 34 minutes off the bench.

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Dennis Schroder, who scored two game-winning free throws to finish with 27 points, tipped an inbound pass to spoil Sacramento’s chances at winning.

This was the first time all season that four Lakers players have at least a 20-piece.

De’Aaron Fox tied the game at 134 with seven seconds left, but missed the final heave from halfcourt that would have given his side the win.

Lakers will look to extend their win streak to six Monday at Denver Nuggets, while Kings host the Orlando Magic.