AP Describe/Gerald Herbert
Despite a 39-level effort from LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers blew a 23-level result in the New Orleans Pelicans en route to a 116-108 road loss on Sunday.
After the game, James equipped a blunt and appropriate response to journalists following the loss, per Kyle Goon of Southern California News Community.
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron on shedding a key sport tonight in New Orleans, shedding a 23-level lead in a sport he scored 39: "It feels enjoy shit."
The Lakers shot 52.5 percent from the field and made 40 percent of their three-pointers, but they moreover dedicated 15 turnovers. Pels ahead Herbert Jones had six steals on his earn.
L.A. moreover went ice-cool in the fourth quarter, scoring handiest 14 functions. Malik Monk and James mixed for 13 of them.
New Orleans, which had handiest seven turnovers, trailed 65-42 unhurried in the 2d quarter. Then again, the Pels dropped 41 functions in the third quarter and locked down on defense down the stretch for the elevate. Brandon Ingram led the crew with 26 functions.
This became one more sophisticated loss in a season stuffed with 43 of them for the 31-43 Lakers, who fell to 10th in the Western Conference and in the suggest time are perilously shut to falling out of the play-in tournament image.
The Pels jumped L.A. for ninth, and the San Antonio Spurs are handiest one sport at the wait on of the Lakers for the closing play-in method.
This became a brutal loss on varied phases for the Lakers, who will now explore to regroup Tuesday when they talk over with the Dallas Mavericks.