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

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

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

Magic Johnson is taking the long view on the usage of LeBron James and referenced how he hopes the Los Angeles Lakers don't make the same mistakes the Cleveland Cavaliers did. "It can't be, because you want to pass it around, you want to get into your pick-and-roll plays". But the Lakers want to make sure James stays fresh this season. "Those guys have the ability to make plays as well".

"It never goes to plan, but I like the progress we've made, where we're at as a team right now compared to where we were to start the season", he said.

Just a few months after LeBron "Bronny" James Jr. toured Duke's basketball facilities with his AAU travel team, his father, the four-time NBA MVP and future hall-of-famer LeBron James, hinted that James Jr. would join Blue Devil nation when the time came to play in the NCAA. "It's a challenge for me, and it's an adjustment for me, but whatever it takes to help our ballclub be as great as it can be toward the end of the season, and at the same time getting better every day". "Once we do that, we will be a really good team".

Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 points for the Pacers, and Thaddeus Young added 11. Only Toronto and Utah have more. If it's up to him, he says, he'll battle through the sprained ankle he suffered at Pepsi Center on Tuesday.


The Lakers scored the game's first 13 points of the game and led as much as 23 points in the first quarter as the Lakers jumped out to a 38-15 lead. Lance Stephenson played five scoreless minutes.

The former Hoosiers' All-American is averaging 21.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in his second season with the Pacers.

While The Shining star took the Lakers' latest defeat well, he is not always so easy going when it comes to his team being beaten.

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