LeBron James scored 38 points, including 12 in the final five minutes in a thrilling Los Angeles Lakers’ 104-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night. James proved himself to be an MVP again as he overcame his struggling to strike, rescuing the squad from the scare.
The Lakers started with a full swing as they led the game 13-0 and went on to score 23 points in the first quarter, which is their biggest first-quarter lead in 14 years. They finished the quarter with a clean 36-13.
Pacers dominated the second quarter, for the Lakers were exhausted and managed to score 48 points, closing up to Lakers at 56.
However, the third quarter was a broiling fest as both teams tried on one with leveled scores at some moments. They shot on targets and ran neck to neck with Lakers lead the game 83-75.
James scored 38 points in 38 minutes against the Pacers, added nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. Highest scorers for the Pacers were Bojan Bogdanovic (14 points) and Thaddeus Young, who added 11 to their scorecard.
With this win, the Lakers recorded 12 wins and nine losses to maintain the No 7 seed in the Western Conference. They will take on the No. 8 seed Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on Friday.