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The outcome leaves L.A. just one win away from the championship, which would be the organization’s 17th — tying the Boston Celtics for the most all time — and James’ fourth, spread out over three different franchises.
James led the Lakers with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and overcame six turnovers — five of which were committed before halftime — to secure the game.
“I felt like for me, personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career,” said the 35-year-old James, the league’s all-time leader in playoff wins. “I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, the type of zone I was in, the type of moment it was and the kind of team we were playing against.