INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James was humbled for a fleeting moment in the second quarter, when he was reminded of what he can’t quite do anymore.
Grabbing an outlet pass, he took off from the side of the lane while barreling down in transition. He cocked his arm back like a hammer, preparing to throw down a dunk. But 36-year-old legs don’t carry him quite as far as they used to, and James was forced to settle for a layup when once he might have left Gainbridge Fieldhouse shaking with a highlight-reel slam.
But James can still bring down the house – because he’s still as good as anyone at hitting the biggest shots.
The four-time league MVP hit a handful on Wednesday night, none more awe-striking than the second of two overtime 3-pointers in the face of Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis, forcing the Pacers to take a timeout and stopping to celebrate with his signature “silencer” celebration.
“It’s winning time,” James said. “I understand my teammates are going to be looking to me to make plays. I had the ball in my hands a lot, so I just tried to come on for them.”
That wasn’t the last shot James made in his highest-scoring performance of the season, but it was all the Lakers needed in a 124-116 overtime victory. James’ 39 points delivered the struggling Lakers (10-10) a needed victory as they ended their five-game road trip without Anthony Davis…