LeBron James couldn’t get his shots to fall late in Sunday’s game against the Knicks.
It was his worst shooting quarter in his 16 years in the NBA and it was capped off with a great defensive play at the 15-time All-Star’s expense.
James had his potential game-winning shot blocked in the final seconds by Mario Hezonja and finished 4-for-15 from the field in the fourth quarter with the 11 missed shots the most he has ever missed in a quarter.
DEFEND HOME COURT! pic.twitter.com/MvhtDzKEPd
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 17, 2019
“It bothers me in the fact we didn’t close the game out and being the competitor that I am, it bothers me that I didn’t make enough plays down the stretch; it bothers me that I didn’t even get a shot up at the hoop,” James said, via ESPN. “Of course that stuff bothers me, but I mean what’s the difference between their record and our record? Two teams out of the postseason.
“So there’s no difference. We have a couple more wins than them, but both teams right now are on the outside looking in, so it’s not much of a difference.”
The Lakers’ 124-123 loss to the Knicks snapped New York’s eight-game losing streak and completed the team’s season sweep against Los Angeles.
The Lakers moved to 31-39 for a .443 winning percentage, which is almost a career low for James. It makes this squad the worst team James has played on since the Cavaliers went 35-47 (.427) his rookie season.