LeBron beats Pels, leads Lakers to in-season final

Las Vegas— LeBron James, weeks shy of his 39th birthday, can prove he's still in his prime in the NBA's inaugural in-season event.

James shined in the Los Angeles Lakers' 133-89 win against the New Orleans Pelicans at T-Mobile Arena in the playoff semifinals.

James scored 30 points, eight assists, and five rebounds to help the Lakers advance to Saturday's championship game against the Indiana Pacers, who defeated the Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the day.

James considered leaving the game and competition, where he excels, this offseason.

"If you decide to retire, or whatever the case may be, you're not a part of it anymore, so it wouldn't be me leaving it on the table because I would have never had the table set,"

he said. "But I'm glad I'm here. Let's take advantage of this cool moment. It was good. It was good."

The Lakers star, in his 21st season, has been so good for so long that performances like his against the Pelicans, when he made 9 of 12 shots (4-for-4 from 3), committed zero turnovers, and had a plus-minus of plus-36 in 23 minutes, seem routine.

However, James is closer in age to retired Shaquille O'Neal, who was sitting courtside for the event, than his teammate Austin Reaves, making his basketball actions even more bizarre.

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