scored 29 points and Brandon Ingram added 27 as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 19-point deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat the Houston Rockets 111-106 on Thursday night.
The Lakers trailed most of the game and were down 95-88 with seven minutes and 49 seconds remaining when they went on a 17-4 run over a six-minute span.
James, who scored eight points during the run, gave Los Angeles a 99-97 lead with four minutes and 15 seconds remaining. They would lead by as many as eight in the final minute.
The win was Los Angeles' sixth comeback victory this season in a game where they had been trailing by 15 or more.
'I need to be in that level right now. Knowing the circumstances we are in and kick starting something,' said James, who also had 11 rebounds and six assists. 'I like where I am at and will continue to get better. Tonight was a step in the right direction.'
James Harden led Houston with 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists before fouling out with under two minutes remaining. It is his 32nd consecutive game where he has scored 30 or more points, overtaking Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history. Chamberlain also holds the record at 65 games.
Fellow All-Star Chris Paul also added 23 points before also fouling out.
The Lakers were 86-72 with three minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the third before rallying back. They closed the quarter on a 9-2 run as Kyle Kuzma scored five and James had four to trail 90-83 going into the fourth.
Houston led 32-22 at the end of the first quarter when they had ended the period with eight straight points, including back-to-back three-pointers by Faried and Austin Rivers.
Harden's jumper gave the Rockets a 52-39 advantage with 4:20 remaining before the Lakers went on an 9-0 run. The Rockets would lead 58-52 at halftime.
'It looked like we got our defensive mojo, our defensive confidence, back as the game went along,' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. 'We had to get to different match-ups but we kept scrapping a found a way to give ourselves a chance.'