LeBron James 'turns it up,' scores 37 in win over Brooks, Rockets - ESPN
LOS ANGELES — The night before LeBron James scored a season-high 37 points — including the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds left — while logging 40 minutes to lead the Lakers over the Houston Rockets 105-104 on Sunday, he had something to get off his chest.
It was a rare evening off for the 38-year-old player, with his team in the middle of a stretch of six games in nine days, and he took a break from playing Madden NFL 24 to make a post to his Instagram story.
He shared a graphic showing how his 35 points against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday was the 108th time he topped the 30-point plateau since signing with Los Angeles as a free agent in 2018.
«But I just came here to make movies though!» James wrote, referring to derision he received when he made the move out of Cleveland. «Ain't that what ya'll said right!?!?»
Why did he choose that moment to clap back at critics?
«Because sometimes you need to remind folks,» James said Sunday after the win over the Rockets.
He reminded his teammates he can still get up in the air, finishing a drive with a thunderous dunk midway through the fourth that put L.A. up by seven and caused Houston to call timeout.
«They've been joking about me, saying that I lay the ball up too much when I got an open lane,» James said with a satisfied smile. «So I'm trying to change that narrative, too.»
He reminded the armchair coaches who questioned why he would pass to an open Cam Reddish with the game on the line earlier in the season that he'll continue to find the open man in crunch time, as he did by setting up Austin Reaves for a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.2 seconds left to put L.A. up 103-100.
He reminded the Rockets' Dillon Brooks, who has become a willing agitator of his in recent