(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James scored 47 points in a 130-121 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday to mark his 38th birthday and 20 years in the NBA. rice field.
The Lakers were down 15 points at one stage, but the away team fought back at State Farm Arena. James nearly hit a triple-double and tallied his season-high 47 points with 10 rebounds and 9 assists.
His best so far this season was 39 points against the San Antonio Spurs last month.
He finished the game with some of the Atlanta crowd chanting “MVP!”
When asked about James playing his third game in four nights, manager Durbin Hamm told reporters: “He’s carrying a team on his back and doing what he’s done for the last 20 years. It’s a hell of a performance. ‘ said. .
“It’s exciting to drop 47[points]because he’s playing the game the right way… He motivates the team and pushes them to do their job.”
Michael Jordan and Jamal Crawford each have 51 points, and only two other players have scored more points in a game after turning 38.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair, Bangalore; Editing by Kim Coghill)