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LeBron James Creates History Once Again, Yet Lakers Teammates Fall Short of Delivering the Hollywood Finale

LeBron James created more history, but his Los Angeles Lakers colleagues couldnโ€™t offer the Hollywood ending.

The superstar became the first NBA player to reach 40,000 points, but the Denver Nuggets defeated the Lakers 124-114 on Saturday night.

The Lakersโ€™ storyline was familiar in many respects. The Nuggets have now defeated the Lakers eight times in a row, including the playoffs from last season.

Despite Jamesโ€™ impressive performance (26 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals) and Anthony Davisโ€™ double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks), the Lakers struggled against Nikola Jokiฤ‡ (35 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists) and Jamal Murray (24 points, 11 assists).

That two-man game scorched the Lakers relentlessly down the stretch. Following the game, Lakers supporters expressed frustration via social media:

The Lakers played admirably for much of the night, but in crunch time, their defense crumbled, and the defending champions outscored them 35-25 in the fourth. The bench minutes were ineffective; while every Lakers starter scored 17 or more points, the bench contributed only 12 points, compared to 20 by Denverโ€™s reserves.

The Nuggets (42-19) have won six straight since the All-Star break and appear to be preparing for another lengthy postseason run. Meanwhile, the Lakers (33-29) fell to 10th in the Western Conference, securing the final Play-In Tournament berth.

Their berth in the Play-In is likely safe unless they have a massive meltdown, with the Utah Jazz 5.5 games behind them in the standings. However, a team with LeBron and AD is projected to finish higher than 10th in the West.

The Lakers won the bubble title with James, but the team has been a failure overall throughout his tenure in Los Angeles. That is not LeBronโ€™s fault; he has maintained to play at a high level despite being 39 years old. Saturday night was an apt metaphor for his time in the City of Angels.

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