Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

LeBron James carries Lakers down stretch for 104-96 win over Pacers

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
| 01 December, 2018, 09:47

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (436) passed Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone (435) for third on the NBA's all-time 30-point games list with his performance against the Indiana Pacers.

LeBron James skipped college basketball, going straight from high school to the NBA, but the oldest son of the best player in the league could be joining the collegiate ranks in a couple of years. He finished the night with 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists, allowing the Lakers to hold on for a 104-96 win to improve their record to 12-9.

"Spectacular" was the verdict of Lakers coach Luke Walton, but James said he's thought long and hard this season about when to take over and when to cede control to his young teammates with an eye toward their development.

"I'm always fresh", James said at the start of the season, per ESPN. "Gave it a go, and I guess I wasn't moving good enough for them, so they just pulled me". The former star point guard and current Lakers executive spoke Thursday during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. James did the same thing with the Cavs, especially with head coach Tyronn Lue, and it's part of what comes along with having arguably the greatest player on the planet on the roster.


LeBron and the Lakers had a game to forget against Denver. Walton has adjusted, and now when James is running the show, Walton will typically just let him call the game.

Oh, Magic Johnson, what is you doin'?

"Basically minutes, trying to make sure we don't overplay him and then also usage of the ball in his hands", Johnson said.

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