LeBron James points out silver lining despite embarrassing loss to Memphis Grizzlies - Lakers Daily

LeBron James points out silver lining despite embarrassing loss to Memphis Grizzlies

LeBron James Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a setback on Sunday, losing to the Memphis Grizzlies in a contest that wasn’t nearly as competitive as the final score seemed to indicate.

Still, LeBron James was able to find something positive about the contest.

The Lakers got 35 points from their MVP, but he got very little help from their other starters, as Memphis led by as many as 29 at one point.

The bench unit, led by rookie Austin Reaves, made a desperate comeback late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late, as L.A. ultimately lost 127-119.

The Purple and Gold got outplayed in the key hustle categories, including rebounds, fast-break points and free throws.

The Lakers have now lost their season series with Memphis 3-1, meaning that if they tie Memphis in the standings to end the regular season, it would hold the tiebreaker over them.

Reaves played well in garbage time, scoring 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while Talen Horton-Tucker had another strong game with an efficient 13 points.

L.A. will travel north to face the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday before another road game with the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.