The Lakers suffered a 121-107 residence loss, regardless of their opponents being with out injured star Kawhi Leonard.
James had 18 factors and 6 assists, however noticed his staff finish the primary quarter down 42-17, a 25-point deficit that goes down because the staff’s worst opening body within the shot-clock period (since 1954-55), per ESPN.
The defeat, which sees the Lakers drop to 4-6, got here after staff president Magic Johnson insisted that coach Luke Walton’s place was secure after per week of hypothesis on the franchise, which is beneath stress for outcomes after touchdown James from the Cavaliers.
“They’ve been taking part in like they’re the perfect staff within the Jap Convention to this point,” James stated, per ESPN, of Toronto (9-1), who have been led by 34 factors from Serge Ibaka.
“They simply got here out and hit us proper within the mouth.
“It is going to be very, very exhausting to make a recreation out of that while you’re making an attempt to expend a lot power making an attempt to get again in it.
“You at all times simply keep even keel while you are available for video games otherwise you are available for practices and you are going for movie periods, you get higher then. However you by no means let the surface noise get to you and in the event you do this, that may trigger you issues.
“For me and what I’ve skilled on this league, I’ve tried to remain even keeled. Simply as unhealthy as you may play for a month you are going to spherical out an amazing month or two. You do not look an excessive amount of into it.”
— NBA (@NBA) November 5, 2018
On the again of 24 factors from Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers narrowed Toronto’s lead after the nightmare begin.
James added: “Second, third and fourth [quarters] we performed Lakers basketball. First quarter we simply got here out sluggish and appeared like [we were on] a back-to-back like we bought in late. And so they put it on us.
“There are a whole lot of issues we might have completed higher. On the level of assault we allowed them to get the place they needed to go nevertheless they needed to go to begin the sport. And so they bought right into a consolation zone. Once you get right into a consolation zone early like that, photographs are going to fall.”
The Lakers are again in motion at residence Wednesday in opposition to the Timberwolves.