By GREG BEACHAM – AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – LeBron James scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, Malik Monk added 11 of his 24 in the final seven minutes, and the Los Angeles Lakers fended off the Sacramento Kings 122-114 on Tuesday night for their fourth victory in five games.
Talen Horton-Tucker scored 19 points for the Lakers, who caught up to a seven-point loss with one big basket after another from Monk and James. Monk scored six points from 3 points in another impressive offensive game, and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and shot a key late charge as the Lakers climbed back above 0.500.
Westbrook played 34 minutes in their first non-turnover game since March 14, 2016.
De’Aaron Fox had 30 points and Buddy Hield added 26 with seven to 3 points for the Kings, who scored 11 straight points early in the fourth quarter before weakening down the home stretch. Harrison Barnes had 14 points for Sacramento, who had won three straight wins against the Lakers in Los Angeles.
The Tyrese Haliburton jumper gave the Kings three minutes to play, but Monk’s 3-point shot and James’ layup put the Lakers back in the lead 114-110. Westbrook and James added lay-ups in the passing minutes as LA held on.
Dwight Howard scored 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers, who beat an opponent in the Pacific Division at home for the first time in six tries this season.