Lakers’ LeBron James says ‘a lot’ needs to change after 44-point loss to 76ers
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James suffered the biggest defeat of his NBA career on Monday night, when he lost 138-94 to the Philadelphia 76ers. Here’s what you need to know:
- After the 44-point loss, James told reporters that “a lot” needs to change. “We just have to play better,” James said.
- When asked how the Lakers should react to the loss, James said: “I don’t know anything about the team — I can only speak for myself. I don’t like it.”
- James scored a team-high 18 points in 30 minutes but did not record any rebounds, marking the fourth time in his career that he had ended without rebounds.
- Los Angeles fell to 10-8 and 1-1 on its four-game road trip.
The 76ers are finding a 3-point rhythm
Both the Lakers and Sixers entered Monday’s contest as below-average three-point shooting teams. But Philadelphia shined against Los Angeles in a big way, hitting a season-high 22 3-pointers, including a season-best 13 in the first half.
The Sixers held a plus-45 lead at the three-point line, which was arguably the key difference in the game from the Lakers’ perspective.
“The three-point line,” James told reporters. “We got killed at the three-point line today.”
Los Angeles’ opponents have made more than 3s in 14 of their 18 games (they have tied their opponents twice and outscored them twice). The Lakers are just 6-8 in those 14 games. Their three-point shooting — an issue in every season of the LeBron-Anthony Davis era — has become a major concern holding them back from joining the top spot in the Western Conference standings. — Jovan Buha, Lakers beat writer
Loss of turning point
The Lakers are a team that often looks at the glass half full. Coach Darvin Hamm likes to refer to losses as “lessons.” James is unfazed by the regular season. Davis and Austin Reeves are as self-aware and self-critical as any player at their position.
But Monday’s historic loss to the 76ers marked a turning point for the group. James, who is usually measured, came up short during the postgame media availability.
“What needs to change so that this doesn’t happen again?” James told reporters. “a lot.”
When asked for details, James declined.
he said no”. “a lot.”
Davis alluded to the team’s need for an honest and thorough film session. Reeves offered a similarly frank assessment of James.
“They beat us up,” Reeves said.
Los Angeles gets a much-needed palate cleanse in its next game on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons, who are 2-15 and have lost 14 straight games. But this is the type of loss that will likely stick with the Lakers for a while — and potentially lead to bigger changes within lineups and rotations. — flea
James became the best player in NBA history on Monday, surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (66,300). Entering Monday, James was averaging 25.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game on 55.9 percent shooting from the floor.
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