LeBron James left the field early as the clock ticked down in Game 4 of the Los Angeles Lakers’ devastating loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 5 on Tuesday night, June 1.
The Phoenix Suns upset the Los Angeles Lakers 115-85 to grab a 3-2 series lead. The Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5 on Sunday, putting an end to their series.
Devin Booker led the Phoenix Suns to victory with 30 points.
When Anthony Davis went down with a groin injury in Game 4, the Phoenix Suns took advantage of every opportunity. The Suns were up by 30 points as a result of the circumstances. For the Los Angeles Lakers, this is the largest point differential in a single round in history.
To win against a team leading in defense, the Suns made 14 3-pointers and made only 4 passes.
In Game 3, James had 17 of his 24 points, but the Lakers were lethargic. James sat alone at the end of the bench with around five minutes remaining in the fourth round.
The Lakers were outscored 16-0 in the first half, scored only 10 points in the second half, and trailed by 30 points at halftime, one of the worst first-half performances in Lakers history.
In Game 5, he spent more time shaking his head in disgust and not believed that things could go wrong so quickly.
With Davis out with a groin strain and the Lakers’ offense stagnating, James was clearly insufficient.
On Tuesday, the Lakers’ flaws were exposed: a lack of togetherness, end-of-season injury, shaky form, and inconsistency in the attack.
Even if Paul is at his best, the Lakers’ season is just two days away, and their destiny depends on Davis’ ability to return to the court. The Lakers are pessimistic, and James says he’s making plans in case Davis leaves again.
“If something changes, we’ll go from there,” James said.
As per Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward, Lakers coach Frank Vogel came to Lebron’s defense after the game, encouraging James to win Game 6.