With 39 points from James, Lakers surpass Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James had a season-high 39 points and 11 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 143-138 on Saturday.

San Antonio has lost eight straight games and tied for the fourth-longest losing streak in franchise history.

James tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers. He went 11 of 21 from the field, including a one-handed dunk off a Russell Westbrook lob pass a minute before halftime.

While James played his second duel after an absence of five games. Los Angeles center Anthony Davis was sidelined with a bruised left calf he sustained in Friday’s win over San Antonio.

The Lakers (7-12) have outplayed the Spurs in three of seven games.

Dennis Schröder had 21 points and six assists for Los Angeles. Former Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV had 19 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter as the Lakers sealed their fifth win in six games.

Keldon Johnson had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio. Tre Jones added 23 points and 13 assists, Devin Vassell had 19 points.