LeBron James, Lakers Race to Make Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers return from the All-Star break with a losing record and outside the playoff chase. With LeBron James historically kicking into a higher gear after the break, the Lakers look to make a run late in the season and find their way into the postseason.

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James looked focused and all business during the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 in El Segundo, California. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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LeBron James prepares to lead the Los Angeles Lakers for a post All-Star push for the playoffs on Feb. 21, 2019 in El Segundo, California. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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LeBron James prepares to lead the Los Angeles Lakers for a post All-Star push for the playoffs on Feb. 21, 2019 in El Segundo, California. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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LeBron James stands in front of the Los Angeles Lakers championship trophies at the team's facility in El Segundo, California on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Josh Hart and Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton work together at the team's facility in El Segundo, California on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kyle Kuzma warms up at Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kyle Kuzma warms up at Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kyle Kuzma warms up at Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kyle Kuzma warms up at Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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Kyle Kuzma warms up at Staples Center ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers facing the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019. (Shahan Ahmed/NBCLA)
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play James Harden and the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on Feb. 21, 2019.
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