The Los Angeles Lakers lost Monday’s game to the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry came to Staples Center and won the game. Four-time NBA champion LeBron James had an expected reaction to his loss to the Warriors.
LA blew a 19-point lead and survived an ugly fourth quarter. The Warriors celebrated a 115-113 win and LeBron was pretty frustrated.
ESPN’s Stats & Info suggests that LeBron blew a lead of this size for the first time since his arrival in LA.
LeBron and his teammates created a 19-point advantage. They entered the fourth quarter leading by 11. It’s interesting to note that the Lakers had a 96 percent chance to win the contest with 10 minutes left of the game. However, the Warriors played better than ever, and LA went cold. Curry finished the night with 26 points and Draymond Green stacked 23 points. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points and he found the perfect solution to the Lakers.
“We got outplayed in the second half. Didn’t defend at the rate that we’ve been,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said in his postgame remarks. “We got hesitant on the offensive end. A little casual … which you can’t do against a team like that, with great firepower.”
LeBron James was frustrated following the loss to the Warriors
LeBron had a 6-of-16 shooting on the night. He didn’t have the best game.
“Obviously, it’s frustrating anytime you lose,” he said in the postgame press conference. “Especially when you know you could have played better. And we know we can play much better. So, you learn from all of that and apply it to next game.”
Lakers players had just four fast-break points. According to LeBron, his teammates will have to learn from their mistakes.
“We had some tough breaks, some tough calls against us in the second half that kind of slowed our pace down,” the four-time NBA champion said. “We couldn’t get back into a rhythm … and they did a great job of countering that. Something we can learn from. And it’s always great to have games like that.”
LeBron’s concern is understandable. He came to Los Angeles to win. AD agrees that the Warriors made tough shots. He was disappointed with the fact that his team had a lot of turnovers and they could have avoided all of that.