LeBron James had back-to-back steals and dunks in the fourth quarter of the game against the Brooklyn Nets that helped the Los Angeles Lakers extend their lead to 15 points. Offensively James was once again the top scorer for his team with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes of play.
According to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, the four-time NBA champion was focused on the defensive side of the ball and set the tone for the whole team.
“We didn’t want to double James [Harden] the whole game,” he said. “It puts a lot of pressure on us to really run around, although he made it difficult with the way he was scoring the ball early.
“Late in the game we wanted to take the ball out of his hands and when we do that, Bron is great as a free safety looking for steal opportunities. He missed one that led to James Johnson three, we got two consecutive ones right after that. Obviously turned the rim on the other end.
“[LeBron] was really locked in on the defensive side of the ball all day long starting with shoot around, getting our guys locked into the coverages and talking about how we finished the game in Miami.
“How we didn’t come out with the necessary energy to start but the second half energy was different, physicality was different. He set the tone for us starting with the morning shoot around and that type of focus.”