NBA defending champions Los Angeles Lakers have lost 113-100 to the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday.
The meaning of this loss for Lakers is that they have been eliminated and it has also brought an end to an impressive record in James’ career.
On his feats, James had a 14-0 first-round series record in playoff appearances for the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat, before the loss was recorded..
The Suns, led by star players Devin Booker and Chris Paul, jumped to an early lead and controlled the game for the duration, leading 36-14 after the first quarter and 62-41 at halftime. A rally in the fourth quarter by the Lakers brought the score to within 10, but it was eventually stifled by Phoenix, CNN reports.
In the history of Lakers in the NBA, this was the first time ever that his team was losing in a first-round series entering a Game 6. To make matters worse in this game, he experienced an uphill climb he had never faced in his career.
The setback has not only gone the way of James, but his team, recording loss back-to-back in the opening round. The Lakers were previously up 2-1 in the series before losing the next three games.
Although Lakers experienced injury blow all through the season with substantial time missed by James and star center Anthony Davis.
On their performance, the team was the seventh seed in the Western Conference and had defeated the Golden State Warriors in a one-off play-in game, with James hitting the winning shot.