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LeBron James followed up on his own failure and hit the winning shot with 12.8 seconds left as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a 103-101 win over the LA Clippers on Thursday.

Thursday night’s NBA scores

  • LA Clippers 101-103 Los Angeles Lakers
  • Utah Jazz 106-104 New Orleans Pelicans

LA Clippers 101-103 Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James followed his own setback and hit the winning shot with 12.8 seconds left as the Los Angeles Lakers clinched a 103-101 win over the LA Clippers on Thursday in the resumption of the NBA season at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.

Anthony Davis scored 34 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Lakers while James – who struggled on 6 of 19 shots – finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

Anthony Davis hits home a dunk in Lakers v Clippers replay

Kyle Kuzma added 16 points for the Lakers (50-14), who increased their lead to six and a half games over the Clippers (44-21) in the Western Conference standings.

Paul George had 30 points for the Clippers, but he missed a three-point attempt at the final buzzer. Kawhi Leonard finished with 28 points, Patrick Beverley added 12 points and Reggie Jackson added 10.

The Clippers have played without their best reserves, guard Lou Williams, who is in quarantine after leaving the NBA’s central Florida bubble, and forward Montrezl Harrell, who left the facility on July 17 for a emergency family affair.

The Clippers eliminated a two-point halftime deficit with a 12-3 push to open the third quarter for a 66-55 advantage. However, three consecutive points from Davis put the Lakers ahead 72-71 with 1:41 remaining in the period.

The Clippers took a 77-76 lead in the fourth quarter.

Both teams have shown some rust after more than four months of competitive play. The Clippers have committed 22 turnovers against 16 for the Lakers. The Lakers prevailed despite shooting 39% from the ground against 43.2% for the Clippers.

Utah Jazz 106-104 New Orleans Pelicans

Rudy Gobert broke the tie with two free throws 6.9 seconds left as the Utah Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 in Game 1 of the resumption of the NBA season.

The lead held up when Brandon Ingram missed a three-runner with one second remaining, finishing a fourth quarter in which the Jazz outscored the Pelicans 27-17.

Before the match, all players, coaches and team staff, as well as all officials, knelt during the national anthem. The players wore shirts bearing the words “Black Lives Matter”, also printed on the field. Many arms locked with those beside them, while some raised their fists in the air.

Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to lead Utah with 23 points. Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell added 20 each, Gobert had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored 13 and Royce O’Neale 12.

Ingram led New Orleans with 23 points. JJ Redick scored 21, Jrue Holiday had 20, Zion Williamson 13 and Josh Hart 10. Williamson played 15 minutes as he returned to his top form after being quarantined after traveling out of the “bubble” in due to a family situation.

The Jazz trailed for most of the game, but shot less than two points on a Conley layup early in the fourth quarter.

Rudy Gobert attacks rim against New Orleans Pelicans

Ingram made a basket and E’Twaun Moore hit a three to increase the Pelicans’ advantage to 96-89. Then New Orleans got cold. Clarkson made a three run and assisted on a layup by Gobert.

After Ingram gave a technical free throw, O’Neale and Mitchell made baskets and Utah held a 98-97 lead with four minutes remaining.

Following an exchange of baskets, Redick had a three-run that tied the score with 1:02 remaining. Mitchell broke the tie by sinking two free throws, but Ingram responded with two free throws with 32 seconds left before Gobert made the winners.

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