LeBron James finished with 38 points as the Los Angeles Lakers outplayed the Portland Trail Blazers at both ends of the floor yesterday for a 116-108 win in game three of their Western Conference playoff series.
James also had 12 rebounds and eight assists while Anthony Davis scored 23 of his 29 points in the second half as the Lakers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven first round series in the NBA's quarantine bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 points and Alex Caruso added 10 points and seven assists for the Lakers.
Game four is scheduled tomorrow.
"We try to work off one another," James said. "There are going to be times when he has it going, so I try to do other things like make sure we keep offence going, and keep our pace flowing.”
Portland's Damian Lillard tallied 34 points and seven assists while playing with a dislocated finger.
CJ McCollum finished with 28 points and eight rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who also relied on 36-year-old veteran Carmelo Anthony for much of their offence.
Anthony, who played the entire fourth quarter, finished with 20 points, but also had five fouls.
The Milwaukee Bucks looked more like the team with the best record in the NBA as they rolled to a 121-107 victory over Orlando to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series.
GiannisAntetokounmpo -- in the running for a second straight NBA Most Valuable Player Award -- scored 35 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Bucks edged ahead in the best-of-seven East series that saw them stunned by the Magic in game one.
Elsewhere in the East, the Miami Heat pushed Indiana to the brink of elimination, withstanding a furious Pacers rally for a 124-115 victory.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul drained a three-pointer as part of a 12-0 run to begin overtime as his team edged the Houston Rockets 119-107 after being locked 104-104 at the end of regulation. The Rockets lead the series 2-1.*AFP
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