"I give it all to the man above for giving me god given abilities", James said.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope echoed James' comment on Rondo's Lakers' team-mates needing to take on the burden of replacing him. James also had his first 40-point game of the season, scoring a total of 44 points and helped the Lakers secure a 126-117 win at the Staples Center. "A 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorer-rebounders to ever play this game".
He made all eight of his fourth-quarter free throws, including the two from the flagrant foul on Portland's C.J. McCollum.
"He broke his hand", Walton said in a post-game news conference. "He's one of our captains, one of our leaders". Much of the team did not know Rondo had fractured his hand until returning to the locker room after the Lakers had won their fourth straight game.
This may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Ball as he will have at least a couple of weeks to showcase his talent. While he didn't score, he had three assists, two rebounds and two steals.
"He's done an incredible job of kind of getting that second group playing at a really nice rhythm for us", Walton said of Rondo. "If you blitz him, then I got four-on-three".
JaVale McGee scored 20 points and Brandon Ingram added 17 in the Lakers' sixth win in seven games. After a slow start, Los Angeles (8-6) is already finding its groove in its first season with James and his fellow veterans joining a young core. Portland's four-game winning streak ended, but the Blazers are still on top of the Northwest Division.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (knee) is expected to play against the Los Angles Lakers on Wednesday.
Karl-Anthony Towns recorded 25 points and 16 rebounds while Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points. He hasn't played since October 25.
Philadelphia fell to the Magic 111-106 as they blew an 11-point lead at the end of the third quarter in the loss.