The dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis provided the offense and defense in the clutch to squeak out the Sacramento Kings, 99-97, inside the entertained Staples Center in LA.
James proved to be steady at the charity stripe after nailing both free-throws with 5.5 seconds left to give the Lakers a two-point lead before Davis denied the layup attempt of Harrison Barnes to seal the deal for the home squad.
James finished with another stellar performance of 29 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals while Davis had 17 points, five rebounds, four blocks and two assists.
The Kings had a strong start to lead by as much as 13 points in the early part of the first half before the Lakers got to sync their game plan for a one-point deficit at the half, 49-50.
Los Angeles was able to shift the tempo in the third via Alex Caruso’s trey for a seven-point advantage but the Luke Walton squad, former head coach of the Lakers, inched closer to end the third with a Yogi Ferrell triple, 71-74.
James entered the pivotal frame aggressive after scoring seven early points but Buddy Hield stayed hot from the outside to keep the Kings in distant.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, meanwhile, sprouted for a personal seven-straight to tie the game at 97 with 22.1 seconds left, however, James was fouled by Barnes sending him to the line giving the Lakers the lead.
The Lakers are now 10-2 while the Kings fell down to 4-7.
Hield and Bogdanovic led the losing side with 21 points and 18 points respectively.