LeBron James says he 'almost cracked' during Lakers 0-3 start

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That was accomplished when the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Chandler off of waivers on November 6 after he parted ways with the Phoenix Suns. "I think a lot of times, winning close games over the course of your season, makes the difference of how you look back on your season".

Seven of their 13 games have been decided by four points or less, including six of the past eight.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James shoots a free throw to surpass Wilt Chamberlain's for career points and move into fifth place, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, in Los Angeles. JaVale McGee has graduated from garbage collector to pressure release, time and again finding himself on the receiving end of passes from James, Brandon Ingram and others while streaking to the rim when the Trail Blazers' defense converged on the Lakers' perimeter scorers. "And then my coaching staff and my teammates throughout these 16 years so far that's gotten me to this point".

The Lakers had switched to a bigger starting lineup when Portland and Los Angeles met the second time.

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Rondo has been nearly like an extra assistant coach, constantly in the ears of the Lakers' young developing players and even organizing film sessions for the likes of Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma.

James scored 28 points and Rondo had 17 off the bench in the win in Portland earlier this month, snapping a 16-game losing streak against the Trail Blazers. Going into the season, James reminded everyone that he's "not a very patient guy" and that people won't want to be around him if his patience runs out.

"I haven't changed anything outwardly, but you know me". Joel Embiid tallied his first career triple-double in the game, but he had just 19 points on six-of-20 shooting to go with 13 rebounds and 10 assists. His play has been huge in the frontcourt especially late in games with his stable play on the glass and in the paint in key moments.

Rondo did not speak with reporters in the locker room. "And knowing where I've come from, knowing how hard it was to get to this point, it's just never being in satisfied mode".

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