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LeBron has triple-double, Lakers pull away to beat Nets

LeBron James had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in his 10th triple-double of the season and the Los Angeles Lakers made a season-high 19 3-pointers to pull away and beat the Brooklyn Nets 128-113 on Thursday night.

James closed within 17 points of Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list with a flurry in the fourth quarter. He can pass Bryant on Saturday at Philadelphia, where the five-time champion with the Lakers was born.

James has 33,626 points. Bryant finished with 33,643.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) calls out to his teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

A back-and-forth game for nearly three quarters turned into a rout after the Lakers broke the Nets' spirits with four straight 3-pointers spanning the third and fourth quarters, extending a one-point lead to 107-94, and Los Angeles coasted from there.

Anthony Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 12 boards in his first start of the season.

Kyrie Irving scored 20 points after missing a game with right hamstring tightness, but the Nets lost their fifth straight. Brooklyn has won just two of its last 14 games.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, center, drives past Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

The Nets were without backup centers DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton, leaving them without many options behind starter Jarrett Allen. But they struggled just as badly guarding the perimeter. Los Angeles was 19 of 38 behind the arc.

The Lakers led 38-35 after one, before both teams made seven 3-pointers in the second. Howard went 4 for 4 for eight points in the period, helping the Lakers take a 75-70 lead to halftime.

Danny Green made three 3s in the first four minutes of the third, pushing the lead to 88-75, but the Nets had it down to 95-94 after a 3-pointer by Irving with 49 seconds remaining. But then Davis and Rajon Rondo hit 3s before Jared Dudley, who played in Brooklyn last season, hit one from near the Nets' bench to beat the buzzer and make it 104-94.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) talks to Anthony Davis (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it four straight 3s to open the fourth, extending the lead back to 13. James then scored eight in the period before taking a seat for good.

TIP-INS

Lakers: Howard started with JaVale McGee ill. ... Lakers coach Frank Vogel has a pair of former Nets head coaches on his staff in Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins.

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) spins past Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

Nets: Taurean Prince scored 18 points and Caris LeVert had 16. ... Brooklyn made 21 3s. ... The Nets were trying for their third straight victory over the Lakers.

ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

James and Davis were voted as starters for the NBA All-Star Game. James, who will captain a team as the leading vote-getter among fans, will make his record 16th straight start next month in Chicago. But Irving missed out a spot when he was passed by Kemba Walker. Irving was second among fans but finished sixth in the player and media rankings.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) drives past Brooklyn Nets' Wilson Chandler (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

BLOCKING LEBRON

A photo of Allen blocking a hard-charging James at the rim in a game last season hangs on a wall in a Barclays Center hallway. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said Allen showed with that play and many others that he had the defensive toughness that critics thought he lacked coming out of college.

“There are guys who would run into the hallway when LeBron goes up for a dunk. He stands there and will protect the rim and his teammates love that about him, his coaches love that about him," Atkinson said.

Los Angeles Lakers' Avery Bradley (11) knocks the ball away from Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

UP NEXT

Lakers: At Philadelphia on Saturday.

Nets: At New York on Sunday.

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)

Los Angeles Lakers' Dwight Howard (39) shoots over Brooklyn Nets' Jarrett Allen (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP PhotoFrank Franklin II)