Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James made some adjustments at halftime and had a big third quarter in Game 3 against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers, who led by 3 at halftime, won the third quarter by 10 points and finished the job in the fourth quarter as they claimed a 109-95 win.
"I wasn't reading the game like I would like to in the first half," said James, who scored 10 points in the third as the Lakers outscored the Suns by that same margin. "Came back into the locker room, made some mental adjustments for me individually that I felt like would work for our team, and we were able to spark a run in the third."
James finished the game with 21 points, six rebounds and nine assists. "He changed the whole game," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said after L.A. won for the eighth time in its past nine games. "His mindset just reversed the whole course of tonight's game."
James making progress from an ankle injury
"Obviously, it's been a rough year on me as far as physically with my ankle and dealing with that and still trying to get it where it was before the injury," James said.
"But every day is a step forward, and I'm going to continue to put the work into with my treatment around the clock, getting it to where it was before the injury." Lakers big man Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points and had 11 rebounds.
"It's the playoffs. It's rare that I'm going to come out of a game," Davis said. "Landed awkwardly, tried not to fall on Book. Guess I might have hyperextended it a little bit. "Just keeping it warm, keeping it loose and wanted to keep going.
It felt fine throughout the rest of the game. Really didn't have any problems with it. ... It was all full of adrenaline, so we'll see how I feel tomorrow. Get some treatment and get some treatment Saturday and be ready to go Sunday."
For the second straight game, Davis dropped 34 points and the Lakers won. "We needed it," Vogel said of Davis. "We needed him to stay in there to get this W. He knew that. He was going to do whatever it took for us to get this W.
And to play through pain, to play through, I mean, he's limping up and down the floor a few times. We were talking to the staff and the medical team like, 'Maybe we gotta get him out.' And they're saying he's good to go, it's safe, it's just playing through pain. And just a tough, tough performance by AD."