James dominated all over the court, particularly from the post in the fourth quarter, when he repeatedly overpowered Josh Hart and Jrue Holiday for buckets before finding Kyle Kuzma for a pivotal corner three as he patiently waited for the defense to sink down off shooters. He tallied 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in the final frame alone, out-dueling Zion Williamson, who finished with a career-high 35 points to go with seven rebounds.
But LeBron wasn't perfect. Late in the fourth quarter he had a bizarre brain freeze. It happened after an extended replay, which led to a call on the court being overturned and the ball being awarded the ball to the Lakers. LeBron was the inbounds passer, except instead of passing the ball in, he just started dribbling forward.
And Eric Bledsoe.
This kind of play would be more understandable if it was off a made shot in the middle of an up-and-down sequence, as guys are so used to grabbing the ball and taking off dribbling given the pace the game is played at these days. But after a long replay? LeBron stood around and waited for the ruling, walked over to the baseline, took the ball from the ref and ... just started dribbling? Thre's no explianing this. Just a brain freeze, plain and simple.
Hey, he's human after all.