But his mere presence and leadership were noticeable, as evidenced by the feedback teammate Andre Drummond talked about getting from him.
After a slow start, the Lakers started heating up offensively in the second and third quarters. But despite leading by 11 at one point, L.A.’s offense dried up in the fourth quarter, leading to the defeat.
In his first game back in over a month, James had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes. Drummond contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
With a tough stretch ahead next week, it would behoove L.A. to collect as many victories as possible to assure it of an easier first-round playoff matchup.