Lakers down Spurs in James’s return, Celtics beat Kings


LeBron James returned from a five-game injury absence to score 21 points on Friday as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Spurs 105-94 in San Anto-nio for their first road win of the NBA season.

James pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists with three steals and a blocked shot in 33 minutes on the floor, with Lakers coach Darvin Ham saying the four-time NBA champion looked “phenomenal” after missing five games with a groin injury.

The Boston Celtics, led by 30 points from Jayson Tatum, downed the red-hot Sacramento Kings 122-104 to improve their league-leading record to 15-4.

On a busy night in the NBA after a day off for the US Thanksgiving holiday, the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 117-102 win over the Cleveland Cava-liers in a battle for second place in the Eastern Con-ference.

In San Antonio, all eyes were on James, who is on track — if he stays healthy — to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league’s all-time leading scorer as early as February.

He scored the first basket of the contest as the Lakers quickly powered to a double-digit lead.—APP