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LeBron James notches triple-double as Lakers survive late rally by Kings

Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III, bottom, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket over Sacramento Kings’ Yogi Ferrell (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, makes a behind-the-back pass as Sacramento Kings’ Corey Brewer (33) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III (35) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Yogi Ferrell, bottom center, is fouled by Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, right, dribbles down court as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma chases during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox (5) drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox (5) has his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield (24) shoots next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee, right, grabs a rebound in front of Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) shoots over Sacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, left, grabs a rebound next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma (0) scores against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein, center, passes the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) and LeBron James, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ De’Aaron Fox (5) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo (9) as Kosta Koufos (41) sets a screen during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (8) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers’ Alex Caruso during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Los Angeles Lakers’ JaVale McGee (7) dunks against the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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LOS ANGELES – The net barely moved as 46-year-old Justin Jimenez raised his arms, eliciting a roar as the San Diego resident earned himself a $45,000 check between the third and fourth quarters.
In the last month alone, the big shot jackpot promotion has been a moneymaker for a few lucky fans. Dean Tran won $100,000 on Feb. 27, and Logan Thomas won $25,000 on March 1.
A half court shot by a fan is considered a rare even worth celebrating – but three men have hit the jackpot at Staples Center in just a month. The Los Angeles Lakers (32-41) have won only three games in the same span.
So it might’ve been the stars aligning Sunday night, as the sellout crowd got to witness a successful half court shot paired with another an increasingly rare event – a Lakers victory.
The team had to weather an uncomfortable final stretch, including back-to-back shot clock violations that gave the visiting Sacramento Kings a window of opportunity to seize the lead late. But LeBron James (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) pulled it past the finish line with six straight free throws – another rarity for the second-worst free throw-shooting team in the league – and delivered a 111-106 win.
In the midst of March Madness, the Lakers are still churning along down a path that – no matter what – ends on April 9 after being eliminated from the postseason earlier in the weekend. In the meantime, a James-led team has been reduced to playing spoiler, which was a role the Lakers seemed happy to fulfill against the Kings, who dealt them a heartbreaker earlier this year with a buzzer-beating winner.
It was the Lakers’ first home win since Feb. 27, when beating the New Orleans Pelicans kept them in the thick of the playoff race. Beating the Kings brought Sacramento closer to their own eventual elimination.
Much of the heavy lifting came in a breakneck third quarter, during which the Lakers scored 39 points. Kyle Kuzma heated up for 21 of his eventual 29 points, helping the team rattle off a run that put them ahead by as much as 17.
The early going was characterized by iffy shooting, as many Lakers games have been lately. The home team shot just 5 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half before finding their stroke. James, Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope all hit at least three 3-pointers in the game.
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The Kings got a huge lift from their bench, with rookie Marvin Bagley III scoring a team-high 25 points, and Bogdan Bogdanovic adding 17 points and four assists.
JaVale McGee had his second straight strong game in the post, finishing with a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double.
The Lakers inched closer to matching last season’s 35-win total, which is also the low-water mark for victories in any of James’ 16 seasons. He last won just 35 games as a rookie in Cleveland.

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