"We were very in-tune with what we needed to do defensively and our second-unit guys came in with energy and effort", James said.
James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak. But he promises that last year's epic playoff run with the Cavaliers won't be his last.
"I'll be watching it if we're not there, and it looks like our chances are slim to none after each and every game", he told reporters. "So you try to get better, but this won't be the last time I'll be in the postseason".
With 15 games left in the season, the Lakers are 6.5 games behind the Utah Jazz for the 8th spot in the West.
But, the Lakers still have James, who nearly definitely came short of his goals for his first season in LA, but still represents the team's foundation for the future and the main reason most fans probably aren't rushing for a refund. "Whether it is rebounding the ball and bringing it, which he needs to do more of". The Lakers played the past two games without Kyle Kuzma, who returned for the start of the five-game road trip.
Fast forward to mid-March and the Lakers find themselves on the outside looking in with not many games to go to correct their issues enough to qualify for the postseason.
Not too shabby. Just a shame we won't be able to see him do things like this in the playoffs this year. Those games will be like playoff games, if we want them to be.
"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries". The youngster tossed the ball up off the backboard, and LeBron zoomed in to finish the alley-oop with another reverse.
Did James feel particularly bouncy on this Windy City night?
"I always feel bouncy", he said.
And James says the final matches of the season could be crucial in helping the young Lakers squad.
"That's what he does", Walton said. "It felt like everybody got shots tonight".