James led the group with 30 factors on 10-of-25 capturing. He added seven rebounds and 11 assists in 50 minutes however was solely 2-of-13 from the three-point line. Los Angeles misplaced the sport 141-137.
“I felt like I performed a horrible recreation individually, and I maintain myself to a better commonplace than that,” James stated, by way of ESPN. “I’ve obtained to do higher for this group, particularly after we’re going by means of what we’re going by means of on the ground.”
James added: “It is at all times a miss or a make scenario. Clearly, individuals see the highlights and say, ‘Oh, he missed that.’ However I believed the appears to be like that I obtained, I wasn’t pressured. Wasn’t sped up. Acquired nice appears to be like. The appears to be like that I obtained tonight had been really higher appears to be like than those that I obtained in Indy. I simply made them.”
The Lakers are below .500 with a 10-11 document following the loss to Sacramento and have misplaced 5 of their final seven video games.
“Once we get a possibility to knock a group out, we simply enable them to stay round,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated. “We knew the early season was going to be bumpy. You need to win video games like this, however there’s a big-picture mindset we’re taking with this group.”
Russell Westbrook had 29 factors, Anthony Davis 23 and Malik Monk 20 off the bench.
“You realize, 10-11. I imply, we may go on a 10-game profitable streak … now the narrative is completely different,” Davis stated. “You realize, 10-game profitable streak, we’re 20-11. Now we’ll shut all people up. But it surely’s on us. We’ll need to do it. It is not simply going to be simple.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.