The Los Angeles Lakers might be staring at the elimination from the playoffs but that doesn’t stop LeBron James from doing what he does best. James scored 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists while teammate Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter and the Lakers ended a 5-game losing streak with a 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
Though there are rumors about his playing minutes curtailed for the rest of the season but for James, there is no debate. As long as he is physically able to play, he intends to go all out when he’s on the court.
“I felt I was healthy enough to go out and do something to help our team win, so I just went with my gut,” James said. “I’m happy I was able to go out and make a couple plays.”
JaVale McGee had 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the Lakers win for the third time in their past 15 games. Marvin Bagley III had 25 points and 11 rebounds off the bench for the Kings, who trail San Antonio by 6 1/2 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with nine games remaining.
Sacramento pulled within two points at 106-104 with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3, but James made matter worse for Kings as he made four free throws down the stretch.
After invoking the basketball gods in an on-court interview after the game, James said he owed it to the fans and to himself to give his best whenever possible.
“If I’m on the floor, I’ve got to try to play as hard as I can or do something to affect the game and not cheat the game,” said James, who had 12 points and three assists in the fourth quarter. “So if I’m out on the floor, if I’m in uniform, then I’ve got to try to make things happen.”
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