James has played in 25 straight games for L.A. after missing 12 of the first 23 games of the season because of right ankle soreness, a suspension and a false positive result on a COVID-19 test.
Tuesday’s win in Brooklyn, which improved L.A.’s record to 2-1 to start its six-game road trip, was the 18th straight game in which James scored 25 points or more.
“I’m in one of the best zones offensively I’ve been in, in my career,” the 19-year veteran said recently.
James is one game from passing the late Kobe Bryant on the career games played list. Two years ago this week, James passed Bryant in career points in Philadelphia just before Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash.
The Lakers welcomed Anthony Davis back from a 17-game absence Tuesday and signed forward Stanley Johnson to a contract for the remainder of the season, including an option for next season, on Thursday.