LeBron unleashes familiar act, usual result on Pacers
LeBron James’ team was in danger of blowing a close game until he seized control.
The Los Angeles Lakers are still getting used to this edge, but they love it. Indiana has seen it aplenty and is not crazy about it.
James scored 12 of his 38 points in the final five minutes, and the Lakers rebounded from their first back-to-back losses in a month with a 104-96 victory Thursday.
The Lakers wasted an early 24-point lead but have won 10 of 14. James is playing the fewest minutes per game in his career, but when the Lakers need the four-time league MVP to put them on his shoulders, the 16-year veteran can do that, too.
“That’s the challenge I’ve been kind of battling with since the season started,” James said. “How much do I defer and allow some of our young guys to figure out, and how much do I try to take over games?”
James’ Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Pacers from the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. James’ Miami Heat sent Indiana home in consecutive postseasons from 2012-14.
Victor Oladipo (knee) sat out his sixth straight for Indiana, and he remains out indefinitely as the Pacers finish a fourgame trip Saturday at Sacramento. Wizards: Thunder: