Previous to the loss, James had a 14-0 first-round sequence document in playoff appearances for the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Warmth.
The Suns, led by star gamers Devin Booker and Chris Paul, jumped to an early lead and managed the sport for the length, main 36-14 after the primary quarter and 62-41 at halftime. A rally within the fourth quarter by the Lakers introduced the rating to inside 10, but it surely was finally stifled by Phoenix.
For this recreation, James had an uphill climb he had by no means confronted in his profession. This was the primary time ever that his group was dropping in a first-round sequence coming into a Recreation 6.
It was additionally the primary time in James’ profession that his group ever misplaced back-to-back video games within the opening spherical. The Lakers have been beforehand up 2-1 within the sequence earlier than dropping the subsequent three video games.
The Suns, showing within the playoffs for the primary time since 2010, advance to the second spherical to face the Denver Nuggets in a best-of-seven matchup.