The Los Angeles Lakers took down the Chicago Bulls in a 121:110 victory, with LeBron James leading the charge despite recent injuries. Despite tearing a tendon in his right foot in February, James decided to push through and help lead his team to the playoffs.
Working to Build Stamina
James has been focused on improving his overall performance, including building up his stamina, as he stated, "I think by the end of the road trip I should be pretty good." He put in a strong performance against the Bulls, scoring 25 points and grabbing 7 rebounds.
One particular play, however, caught the attention of fans and commentators alike.
DID YOU BRING A PASSPORT WITH YOU?
During a fast break, James was able to effortlessly glide past Patrick Williams and take two steps towards the basket before being met by Nikola Vucevic.
In an effort to sidestep the Montenegrin, James took three additional steps before passing off to a teammate. Despite the obvious violation, the referees chose not to call it. As one of the biggest stars in the NBA, James is often "looked through" for taking an extra step, but this time even the commentators were stunned, with one exclaiming, "Oh my God, did he bring his passport with him?" in reference to the distance James covered with the ball.
Anthony Davis, playing in his hometown, also had a strong performance with 38 points and 10 rebounds, while D'Angelo Russell added 17 points of his own.
The Lakers currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference and are only two wins away from sixth place heading into the playoffs.
A Great Feeling Coming Home
For Davis, returning to his hometown was a special moment, as he shared, "I always look forward to coming back home...
It's always a great feeling coming back, especially getting a win." The Lakers' win against the Bulls marks their fourth victory in their past five games and sets them up for a strong push towards the playoffs.