NBA: Lakers defeat Nets as Anthony Davis is over

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers congratulates Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a season-high 37 points against the Brooklyn Nets during the game at Crypto.com Arena on November 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. James is injured and did not play. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Anthony Davis had a season-high 37 points and 18 rebounds, Lonnie Walker IV added 25 points and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the visiting Brooklyn Nets 116-103 on Sunday despite playing without LeBron James.

Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 12 assists off the bench for the Lakers, while Austin Reaves had 15 as Los Angeles ended a five-game losing streak and won for just the third time this season. James missed his second straight game with a groin injury.

Kevin Durant had 31 points with nine rebounds and seven assists as the Nets lost a day after beating the Los Angeles Clippers on the road. Brooklyn fell to 4-2 after Kyrie Irving was suspended.

Cam Thomas had 15 points and Edmond Sumner had 13 points for the Nets in his sixth straight start in place of Irving. Brooklyn was without Seth Curry for injury management on his left ankle. Curry scored 22 points against the Clippers on Saturday.

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Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers blocks a layup by Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of the game at Crypto.com Arena on November 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

After trailing by as many as 16 points in the second half, the Nets cut the deficit to 91-87 with 8:28 left on two Durant free throws. But the Lakers went on a 13-0 run to regain control and push their lead to 104-87. Walker had seven points in the spurt.

Los Angeles led 109-91 after a three-pointer by Austin Reaves with 4:11 left.

The Lakers got off to a fast start, taking a 15-9 lead midway through the first quarter en route to a 26-22 lead at the end of the opening period. Los Angeles led by as many as 14 in the first half and took a 55-46 advantage into the break behind 16 points from Davis.

The Nets used a 13-3 run to close the gap to 80-77 at the end of the third quarter.

Los Angeles shot 48.4 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from 3-point range, but committed just nine turnovers. Brooklyn was held to 25.9 percent from 3-point range.

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