LeBron James brought the best of both ends of his game on the same play, blocking Russell Westbrook’s transition layup before earning an and-1 against Robert Covington.
The Los Angeles Lakers are facing the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Semifinals. Despite having the higher seed, the Lakers are trailing the Rockets 97-82 with 9:07 remaining in the game.
LeBron James blocks Westbrook’s layup, goes coast to coast
With the scores at 67-62 (Lakers trailing by 5), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turned the ball over on a bad pass. PJ Tucker picked up the pass and set Westbrook free on the fast break. The Brody had his jetskis on, but LeBron James chased him down and came up with a clean block.
James corralled the ball and sprinted back up court. He met with virtually no opposition on his way to the rim, as Robert Covington was late to the spot while trying to draw a charge and called for a blocking foul.
LeBron James: Incredible across all 94 feet.
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The Lakers have been below par in this game from the 3-point line. They’ve only made 9 of their 30 3-point attempts by the 9:07 mark of the 4th quarter. Despite Anthony Davis and LeBron James being in excellent scoring form, they will need their role players to step up and make more shots to have a chance in this game.
James Harden, on the other hand, has gotten back from the shooting funk he was in during game 7 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Russell Westbrook, too, has played exceptionally. The Brody’s even stared Anthony Davis down and dotted his eye with a pullup 3-pointer from the left wing to mark a 10-0 Rockets run.