The Lakers scored the game's first 13 points and jumped to a 23-point lead in the first quarter, but led only 56-50 at halftime after Sabonis' 14-point second quarter. The Lakers are 12-9 on the year.
After his worst performance of the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season against the Denver Nuggets, James bounced back with 38 points (15-of-27 shooting from the field, 2-of-7 shooting from the three-point line), 9 rebounds and 7 assists in 38 minutes.
Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 2, 2017 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. After missing a three-pointer to open the quarter, he grabbed a rebound and assisted on a Brandon Ingram dunk.
"It's great", Lakers coach Luke Walton said Thursday. During the mini-skid, ESPN reported that James had begun ignoring Walton's coaching and play calling during games - a claim that echoed reports that James ran the show when he was in Miami and Cleveland.
Magic Johnson believes the Los Angeles Lakers' trajectory is pointed up.
"Basically minutes, trying to make sure we don't overplay him and then also usage of the ball in his hands", Johnson said.
We haven't really seen James and Walton argue on the court much - at least not yet anyway - so it's too early to speculate about if this will have an impact on the Lakers head coach's job security going forward. It can't be because you want to pass it around, you get into your pick-and-roll plays.
"I got to be at a 100 percent with the way I play, as hard as I play on both ends", Oladipo said, according to the IndyStar. "Now we have to continue to get good at, better at, those other times where we're just playing basketball".