It was about this time that LeBron James decided to turn things up by a couple of gears.
After starting the season off somewhat slow (by his standards), he averaged 31.2 points a game in December, which was punctuated by a 47-point effort on Dec. 30, his 38th birthday, versus the Atlanta Hawks.
On Jan. 2, James was at it again on the road against the Charlotte Hornets.
With the Lakers taking control in the second quarter, he scored 14 points in the period, then he added 24 more in the second half as the Hornets tried to mount a desperate late rally in the final minutes.
Thanks to James’ 43 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, Los Angeles came away with a 121-115 victory.
This performance gave him 90 points in a span of just two games, which proved he had a lot left in his tank.