The Rundown: LeBron's clutch plays, Booker's game-winner

Published February 2, 2021, 12:00 AMChuck Araneta

LeBron James’ clutch plays power the Lakers to victory; the Suns' Devin Booker splashed a game-winning triple to send the Mavericks to another loss.


  • Lakers 107, Hawks 99
  • Hornets 129, Heat 121
  • Cavaliers 100, Timberwolves 98
  • Bulls 110, Knicks 102
  • Bucks 132, Trail Blazers 106
  • Kings 118, Pelicans 109
  • Rockets 136, Thunder 106
  • Suns 109, Mavericks 108
  • Grizzlies 133, Spurs 102
  • Pistons-Nuggets: POSTPONED 

What went down

A logo triple from Trae Young brought the Hawks to within one point with 1:40 remaining in the game. LeBron James had been chilling up until that point, sitting on a quiet 12 points, allowing his teammates Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroeder to wreak havoc on Atlanta’s defense. But sensing that the Hawks were getting too close for comfort, James decided to end things abruptly. He splashed a three-pointer, then blocked Clint Capella’s layup attempt, finishing the fastbreak himself on the other end. When the smoke cleared, James unleashed 9 points in the final two minutes of the game, literally putting away the game single-handedly. Another day in the office for the King. 

Big-time baller 

Charlotte Hornets’ Malik Monk: 36 points (career-high), 9/13 3PTS

With Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo threatening to put the Hornets away, Malik Monk helped lead his undermanned squad all the way back with a whopping nine triples, the last one sending the game to overtime. The Hornets eventually took down the Heat, 129-121. LaMelo Ball may have looked great in his first career start, but it was Monk who stole the show and snatched the victory for the Hornets.

What he said

"It needs to be much more than just one month. This needs to be an everyday deal.” - Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs, on the significance of recognizing and celebrating Black History Month this February 

Did you see that?

The Suns only needed two points to tie the game and send it to overtime, but Devin Booker had other plans. Curling off a screen and receiving a perfect bounce pass from Chris Paul, Book elevated for a go-ahead 3-point shot, sending the Dallas Mavericks to their sixth straight loss. Booker and Paul combined for 58 points to propel Phoenix to the impressive win.