LeBron James knows it is him "vs Father Time" as he looks to prolong his illustrious career at the highest level.
James had 37 points as the Los Angeles Lakers edged out the Houston Rockets 105-104 on Sunday.
The veteran sunk the winning 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and move the Lakers to 8-6 for the season.
While James knows he is entering the last stretch of his incredible career, the 38-year-old wanted to offer up a reminder of his quality.
"Sometimes you need to remind folks," James said after the game.
"Just trying to push the limit. See how far I can take this thing. I don't know. I mean, it's me vs Father Time."
Good night, Lakers Fam pic.twitter.com/GoBkUJt1Rv— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 20, 2023
James, though, stressed he is feeling sharper than in recent seasons, saying he is over a long-standing foot injury.
"I have been able to be on the court a lot more during off days this year because of past injuries the last couple years with my foot or whatever the case may be," James told ESPN.
"So to be able to hone in on everything that I need to do instead of having to get off my foot, unless we're playing games has allowed me to stay in rhythm.
"I got my bounce back, my spring back, my quick twitch back and things of that nature."
Lakers coach Darvin Ham added of James: "He was outstanding. The LeBron we've all come to know and love over these 21 years."
James is averaging 26.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game this season.