Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Credit David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James erupted for a game-high 38 points along with 11 rebounds and 12 assists to power the visiting Los Angeles Lakers (31-41) to a 131-120 (28-35, 39-27, 29-36, 35-23) victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-31) on Monday.

Player of the Game
LeBron  James
LeBron James
Points 38
Accuracy 17-29
Rebounds 11
Assists 12

James, who played for the Cavs for 11 seasons, was 17 of 29 from the field. He came into Monday's game second in the league in scoring at 29.8 per game in a virtual three-way tie with Philadelphia Joel Embiid and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Lakers finished 2-2 on their four-game road trip.

Russell Westbrook contributed 20 points and 11 assists for the Lakers, while D.J. Augustin had 20 points off the bench. Augustin didn't miss a shot from the field (7 of 7) or the 3-point line (6 of 6), as the Lakers shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the field.

Guard Darius Garland was sensational with 29 points and a game-high 16 assists for the Cavs, who were 3-2 in their just-concluded five-game homestand. Garland has scored 20 or more points in 14 of his last 15 games.

Malik Monk and Stanley Johnson each tallied 12 points while Austin Reaves had 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.

All five Cleveland starters scored in double figures, as Lauri Markkanen added 18 points and nine rebounds and Lamar Stevens 16 points. Evan Mobley and reserve Caris LeVert chipped in 13 points apiece while Isaac Okoro scored 12.

Stevens' putback with 5.5 seconds left handed Cleveland a 97-96 lead after three quarters. However, the Lakers left the Cavaliers in their dust in the fourth.

Mobley inadvertently kicked James in the chin with about 10:41 to play in the first half. That seemed to light a fire under James.

James had 21 points to propel the Lakers to a 67-62 advantage at halftime. The Lakers outscored Cleveland in the second quarter, 39-27.

LeBron James

LeBron  James
LeBron  James
MIN: 37.09
PTS: 29.96 (57.35%)
REB: 8.22
As: 6.3
ST: 1.33
BL: 1.07
TO: 3.44
GM: 54

Augustin had 17 points in the first half and was 5 of 5 from the 3-point line.

Garland had 17 points and five assists in the first half for the Cavs.

Carmelo Anthony's baseline jumper with 7:06 left in the first half allowed the Lakers to regain the lead, 46-45, after starting the game on a 6-0 only to fall behind as many as 14 in the first quarter.

Markkanen's 3-pointer capped a 12-1 run by the Cavs, handed them a 12-7 lead with 7:17 remaining in the opening period. Cleveland's scoring spurt shortly grew to 31-17.

Augustin came off the bench and scored 11 points to keep the Lakers in the game and trail by just seven points after one quarter, 35-28. Garland had seven points and four assists for the Cavs.

Los Angeles Lakers: LeBron James 38 (17/29 FG, 4/4 FT, 11 REB, 12 AST), D.J. Augustin 20 (7/7 FG), Russell Westbrook 20 (7/14 FG, 4/7 FT, 4  REB, 11 AST), Malik Monk 12, Stanley Johnson 12, Austin Reaves 11.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Darius Garland 29 (10/23 FG, 7/7 FT, 17 AST), Lauri Markkanen 18 (6/12 FG, 9 REB), Evan Mobley 13 (5 REB), Isaac Okoro 12.

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Best players

Darius  Garland
29 PTS
10/23 FG
7/7 FT
LeBron  James
38 PTS
17/29 FG
4/4 FT
Lauri  Markkanen
LeBron  James
11 REB
Darius  Garland
17 As
1 TO
41 MIN
LeBron  James
12 As
3 TO
41 MIN
Darius  Garland
33 EFF
53% 2P%
25% 3P%
LeBron  James
48 EFF
68% 2P%
0% 3P%