Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron James believes his free-throw shooting will improve

LeBron James believes his free-throw shooting will improve

Los Angeles defeated the visiting Atlanta Hawks 107-106 on Sunday night after LeBron James dunked an offensive rebound for a one-point lead with 15 seconds left, and newly acquired center Tyler Chandler blocked a driving layup by Atlanta rookie point guard Trae Young to preserve the win.

The Trail Blazers represent an interesting measuring stick for the Lakers. In this picture, James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court during their game against the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, Nov. 10, 2018.

James hit his fifth 3 without a miss in the third quarter before Al-Farouq Aminu ended his flawless night from distance with a block.

Damian Lillard had 31 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored 23 points in the Trail Blazers' first road loss to the Lakers since February 22, 2013, ending a nine-game streak at Staples.

James exacted much of his damage bombing away from ungodly distances, draining 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, his most makes in a single game as a Laker. Twenty-four seconds later, he dribbled to a similarly obscene spot and drained another.

Jordan is next up on the list at 32,292 career points.

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Meanwhile, Jimmy Butler is a very good player, he just wasn't good enough Wednesday to prevent the 76ers from losing in his debut with the team.

James has been the leading scorer in both meetings against Portland this season.

At James' current points per game this season, the four-time MVP would pass Jordan in 33 games on January 19 against the Rockets.

The Lakers have plenty of experience in close games this season. "He takes a beating every time he drives".

Afterward, James praised Chamberlain as "One of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game, along with Shaq". They're confronting dribble-penetration with greater awareness, and applying better defensive pressure at the point of attack on pick-and-rolls. James and the Lakers are back in action tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. They're reading the floor with greater proficiency, learning to play off LeBron's instincts, and tightening loose screws in what was a porous defense not so long ago.

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