Lakers even se­ries with Rockets

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

LeBron James had 28 points, 11 re­bounds and nine as­sists, An­thony Davis added 34 points and 10 re­bounds and the Lakers evened their Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries by beat­ing the Rockets 117-109 on Sun­day in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Lakers opened a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 41 points in the third quar­ter to fall be­hind and then re­grouped be­hind some high-fly­ing plays by James to pull away again.

James Har­den scored a team-high 27 points for the Rockets, who made 22 three­p­oint­ers. But Rus­sell West­brook shot only 4-for-15 while scor­ing 10 points and grab­bing 13 re­bounds.

James had a dunk to open the fourth and tied the game with an­other dunk on a lob dur­ing an 8-0 run that gave the Lakers the lead for good. They put it away later with a 9-0 burst, fea­tur­ing two bas­kets from Davis, to make it 113-101.

Bucks sur­vive with­out Gian­nis

Even with Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo miss­ing most of the game with a sprained right an­kle, the Bucks ex­tended their sea­son to a Game 5 in their Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries with a 118-115 vic­tory in over­time against the Heat. Khris Mid­dle­ton scored 21 of his 36 points in the third quar­ter, then made a huge three-pointer with 6.3 sec­onds left in over­time.

Mi­ami still leads the se­ries 3-1 but will surely spend the next two days lament­ing how this one got away. The Heat gave up 12 straight points in the fourth quar­ter, wast­ing what was an eight-point lead in a close­out game.

Bam Ade­bayo had 26 points, 12 re­bounds and eight as­sists to lead the Heat.

An­te­tok­oun­mpo had 19 of Mil­wau­kee’s first 30 points, shoot­ing 8-for-10 from the floor. But he ag­gra­vated his sprained right an­kle with 10:18 left in the sec­ond quar­ter as he tried to drive past An­dre Iguo­dala.

Nuggets star Jo­kic (wrist) ques­tion­able

Nuggets star cen­ter Nikola Jo­kic is ques­tion­able for Game 3 against the Clip­pers with a sprained right wrist.

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