LeBron James appears to get into heated back-and-forth with fan as Lakers dealt crucial playoff blow
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a significant blow to their playoff hopes in a 125-118 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night.
The Lakers superstar also heard the cheers of the fans.
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A social media video showed James warming up back and forth with a fan during the game. It’s unclear what the two were saying, but the fan was seen pointing his fingers, seemingly breaking down whatever point he was trying to make.
James led the Lakers with 33 points in 35 minutes on 13-of-20 shooting. The loss dropped the Lakers to 41-39 with two games left on the season. If the season ends Wednesday night, the Lakers will have to fight to secure a spot through the play-in tournament.
After the game-winning basket in overtime, LeBron James’ teammates booed the goat during a post-game interview.
“Whatever we end up with, that’s what we end up with,” James said after the game. “For us, it’s always about health. For the last two years, that’s been our Achilles’ heel.”
Only four Lakers were in double figures in scoring – Austin Reaves (20 points), Anthony Davis (17 points) and D’Angelo Russell (15 points). Despite playing at least 13 minutes, no one on the Lakers bench could score more than seven points.
Los Angeles is just seventh behind the New Orleans Pelicans in the tiebreaker. At this point, the Lakers will play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the play-in tournament for the seventh seed in the playoffs.
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The Thunder have a better point differential of 0.5 points.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.