Basketball superstar LeBron James has impressed on his return to the starting lineup of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 38-year-old scored 25 points in the 121-110 win over the Chicago Bulls. James also had seven rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes in his second game after a month out injured. In the 108-118 loss to Chicago, James came off the bench for only the second time in his 20-year NBA career and scored 19 points.
The best pitcher of the game was Lakers center Anthony Davies, who had 38 points and ten rebounds in his hometown. National player Dennis Schröder scored eight points in his team's important victory. As a result of the success, the Lakers now have a record of 38:38 and are still in the middle of the fight for the playoff spots in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Defeat for the Dallas Mavericks
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks are in danger of missing the playoffs. The team around Luca Doncic lost against the Philadelphia 76ers with 108:116. The Mavs, for whom Doncic had 25 points, lost a 12-point lead from the first quarter and went without a basket in the last three minutes. MVP candidate Joel Embiid had 25 points and 10 assists for the 76ers, who hit the 50-win mark.
Meanwhile, Drue Holiday set a career record for the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks with 51 points. The reigning NBA champion won the game against the Indiana Pacers with 149:136. "It's hard to find superlatives to describe them," said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer of Holiday and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who posted a triple double (38 points).