LeBron focusing on Lakers' playoff push after All-Star Game

LeBron James immediately switched his attention to aiding the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff bid after claiming victory in the NBA All-Star Game.

Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164 on Sunday, the Lakers superstar contributing 19 points with eight rebounds and four assists.

James' groin injury, sustained on Christmas Day, coincided with the Lakers' drop in form as they slipped from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.

And as soon as the All-Star Game was over, James outlined his desire to inspire his team (28-29) on a charge to the post-season.

"Looking forward to the second half of the season," he said. "Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That's my only mindset.

"That's the only thing that's going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury."

Such is James' winning mentality, the three-time NBA champion was even desperate to be the first to reach the post-game podium and speak to the media.

"You put me on the floor, I love to compete," he said. "I'm a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I can get to this table first. Did anybody come here before me?

"See what I'm talking about? See you all the second half of the season."

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