Veterans LeBron James, Tyson Chandler guiding young Lakers in recent surge

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James on Sunday offered a glimpse of what things might look like if he can lead the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship.

Not so much as how he and the Lakers played as by how they celebrated.

A beaming James embraced teammate Tyson Chandler and the two men shouted joyously at each other amidst a cheering crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center. James scored the game-winning basket on a put-back dunk with 15.3 seconds left and Chandler’s last-second block preserved the 107-106 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

With the victory, the Lakers improved their record to 7-6 and moved above .500 for the first time since James joined the club.

So what was James shouting at Chandler after the 7-foot-1 center blocked Trae Young's flip shot down the lane?

“Honestly, I don’t know,’’ Chandler said while standing in front of his locker room. “We were like two kids jumping for joy.’’ 

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