James was held out of Thursday's practice to stay fresh for the Lakers' upcoming road trip, Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group reports. There's nothing to indicate James is dealing with an injury that could keep him out of Saturday's game against the Magic. Coach Luke Walton noted that it's a priority to keep James healthy following a physical game against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, where he dropped 44 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and a steal in 36 minutes.
James registered a season-high 44 points (13-19 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 13-15 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists, three blocks and one steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 126-117 win over the Trail Blazers. James' conversion rate from the field, charity stripe and three-point were all among his best of the season, allowing him to surpass his previous high scoring haul by nine points. In the process, James inched ahead of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA's all-time scoring list while falling only an assist shy of his 75th career triple-double. Though James' rebound and assist marks are both down from his prior two seasons in Cleveland, he's made up for it to some extent with an uptick in three-point production to go along with a 75.5 percent mark from the free-throw line, which would be his best showing in that category since 2011-12. All in all, the move to Los Angeles has had a negligible impact on his overall fantasy value thus far, and that seems unlikely to change so long as he keeps the Lakers in contention for a playoff spot.
James mustered 26 points (10-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-7 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals across 34 minutes in the Lakers' 107-106 win over the Hawks on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, James played an integral role in the victory, but not before falling short in a key moment. The future Hall of Famer missed a pair of late free throws, but he was able to execute a dunk off a subsequent Kyle Kuzma miss after the Lakers had been able to retain possession following his second misfire. That basket with 15 seconds remaining gave the Lakers a lead they'd hold when Tyson Chandler blocked Trae Young's subsequent layup attempt. James' scoring total was a team high, a figure he generated by shooting at least 50.0 percent for the third time in the last four games. The 33-year-old also continues to display unprecedented aggressiveness from behind the arc, as he's put up nine long-distance shots twice in the last three games and is now averaging a career-high 5.8 three-point attempts per contest.
James posted 25 points (10-18 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 101-86 win over the Kings. James only logged 31 minutes on Saturday because the air quality in the Golden 1 Center was so poor from the nearby wildfires, it gave James (and other players) a headache. It didn't stop the Lakers from mounting a stalwart defensive effort, as they held Sacramento to their lowest scoring total of the season. James' stat lines will always be filled up, but some nights are lighter than others, and it's usually tied to minutes played. The Lakers are still figuring things out, and the addition of Tyson Chandler has further complicated matters, but James is a must-start in seasonal formats regardless of these issues.
James totaled 24 points (10-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks across 39 minutes in the Lakers' 114-110 win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday. James fell just an assist short of his second triple-double of the season, but he did lead the Lakers in scoring on the night. He was particularly aggressive from long distance, as the nine attempts he put up from behind the arc were a season high. James continues to be a lock for stellar across-the-stat-sheet production each time he takes the floor, and he's currently posting a success rate of at least 50.0 percent for the fourth consecutive season.
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