On his 38th birthday, LeBron James put up a remarkable performance: 47 points on 18-of-27 shooting, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 130-121, on Friday.
James started the season off in sluggish fashion, much like an old car that hadn’t been started in a few weeks and needs to be cranked a few times for the engine to turn over.
But lately, James’ engine has been running hot, and the way he has been playing has defied the insane amount of mileage and wear and tear he possesses.
With every Laker game in December now in the books, he has averaged 31.2 points on 54.0 percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists a game in the month.
It is reminiscent of what he did last December when he put up 30.7 points on 55.5 percent accuracy, 9.3 boards and 6.5 dimes a contest.
This December has included an amazing run of seven consecutive 30-point games that rivals any other by any player at or even near his age.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t resulted in that many wins, as the Lakers have closed December with a dismal 7-9 record. But James has done just about all that he has reasonably been able to do to help his team try to claw its way into the Western Conference playoff picture.