SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James banked in his first 3-pointer of the night and swished his fourth to move past Peja Stojakovic for No. 18 on the career 3-pointers list in the Lakers‘ 114-104 win over the Spurs on Monday.
It turns out the Spurs are partly responsible for James’ 3-point shot improving the way it has.
“I just want to be able to not have any weaknesses, you know, and allow a defense to dictate what I do,” James told Spectrum Sports after the game. “Because of the Spurs, in a lot of my early years, [they are] part of the reason why my jump shot is a lot better today. My first Finals appearance in ’07, they went under on everything and I didn’t shoot the ball, I wasn’t comfortable with shooting the ball at that point in time in my career. So I give a lot of thanks to their scheme, a lot of thanks to a lot of other teams that I went against.”
James’ 33 points and 14 assists paced Los Angeles on a night when the entire team seemingly found its stroke, as the Lakers shot 14-for-33 (42.4%) from the outside, continuing a recent trend.
In their past five games, all wins, the Lakers are shooting 43% from 3 and 47% on open 3s, this after shooting 32% from 3 and 39% on open 3s through the first 12 games of the season.
“We’re continuing to commit to no-force offense,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We’re going to keep the action moving and keep making the extra pass until it’s open. We have open looks, this team is going to knock them down. LeBron was being play