Lakers led to victory by LeBron
The Lakers outscored the Spurs by 19 in the 40 minutes LeBron played.LeBron scored 20 in the fourth and 42 overall to give the Lakers an 8-point win over the Spurs. On the other hand, when he was sitting San Antonio outscored by 11 points. Complicating matters was Brandon Ingram’s knockout ankle injury early in the first. The Lakers are much better on offence than defence, but there actually aren’t many creators on the roster beyond Ingram, LeBron, and Lonzo Ball.
Warriors 129, Cavaliers 105
Nuggets 124, Magic 118 (OT)
Wizards 131, Hawks 117
Thunder 114, Nets 112
Sixers 102, Raptors 113
Clippers 86, Grizzlies 96
Pistons 92, Bucks 115
Hornets 104, Timberwolves 121
Mavericks 106, Pelicans 132
Spurs 113, Lakers 121
It was LeBron’s efforts which led the way to the Lakers’ win, but recent chatter on his workload brought about concern over his teammates.
Earlier this week, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant said that other superstars might be hesitant to play with James because all that comes with being a teammate of the four-time NBA MVP. Lakers legends Kobe Bryant also made comments on James’ play this week.
James said he wouldn’t comment on the Durant comments without the proper context.
The Lakers won four in a row and sit just two games out of first place in the crowded Western Conference.
“No, for what? I’m past the [taking things] personal stage,” James said on carrying the weight. “I can do whatever. I can have a huge workload, I can have a not so huge workload. … It doesn’t matter for me. What’s most important is seeing my teammates make huge shots in the fourth quarter. … That’s what’s most important to me. I can care less about the narrative about me. It doesn’t matter. I’m a staple in this game.”
“I would love to see the whole transcript of what was asked of him, the context it was asked of him, why it was asked and the whole thing,” James said. “So I’m not gonna comment on it because I don’t know the whole thing. That would be stupid on my part. I’m a veteran.”
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