Keep in mind, Rondo has had a pretty full career. He became a star with the Celtics then spent several years as a journeyman. He built a resumé that will get him Hall of Fame consideration. He even aged enough to appear over the hill.
Well, LeBron is still winning playoff games.
And Rondo is still shining.
With Los Angeles up 3-1 in the series, LeBron will try to add to the total in Game 4 Thursday.
LeBron (36 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks) dominated tonight, especially early. Rondo (21 points on 8-of-11 shooting – including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers! – with nine assists) helped blow open the game late to give LeBron his latest record.
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How did LeBron do it? Three reasons stand out:
- He’s a great player.
- He ruled the lesser Eastern Conference for nearly a decade.
- He plays in the largest postseason format, both by number of teams included and games per round, the NBA has used.
Of course, LeBron credited his teammates and coaches.
Both stood out tonight.
Lakers coach Frank Vogel made a key adjustment, starting started power forward Markieff Morris over center JaVale McGee in the second half. The Lakers’ defense became far more versatile and active, especially when double-teaming James Harden (33 points, nine rebounds and nine assists).
The Rockets used just eight players, and only six played more than 11 minutes. Perhaps, fatigue caught up late.
The first three quarters included 15 ties and 14 lead changes. The margin never surpassed six points.
Then, the Lakers went on a 14-2 run early in the fourth quarter to surge ahead for good. Rondo scored or assisted the Lakers’ first 19 points in the fourth quarter.
LeBron is unrelenting.
And there’s just no escaping Rondo.