LeBron un­leashes fa­mil­iar act, usual re­sult on Pac­ers

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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:

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