LeBron James sets tone with scoring and defense to lift Lakers over Rockets in Game 3

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James can do eveything on the court. And in the Lakers' 112-102 Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, James fulfilled literally every job description to give the Lakers a 2-1 series lead.

He finished with 36 points while shooting 13-of-23 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point range, while adding six rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Anthony Davis added 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo (21) and Kyle Kuzma (14) also scored in double figures. But James helped set the tone with his scoring, playmaking and defense.

LeBron James, center, and the Los Angeles Lakers got the better James Harden (13) and the Houston Rockets in Game 3. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)

The Rockets' James Harden (33 points) and Russell Westbrook (30) all had star-like performances. Yet, that was not enough to overcome James' dominance.

Game 4 is on Thursday.

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