LeBron James had just 5 points in the first half of Game 3 in the first round series against the Phoenix Suns. In the third quarter, the four-time NBA champion scored 10 out of his 21 game points as the Los Angeles Lakers increased their lead to 13 points.
In the end, the defending champions were able to hold on their lead as they won the game 109-95. After the game, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel praised both James and Anthony Davis, who had a team-high 34 points, for their contributions.
“He changed the whole game. His mindset just reversed the whole course of tonight’s game,” Vogel said postgame. “Wanting to get to the rim.. honestly our whole group did.
“AD even though he was dinged up with his knee and was a little bit hobbled really committed to what worked for us in Game 2 which is really running the floor, being the first big down putting pressure on their transition defense and that opened up a lot of driving lanes for Bron who mentally made the decision to get downhill and just live in the paint and live at the rim. He was dominant during that stretch. Those two guys really reversed the whole course of the game.”