The Lakers now need to fix their late-game execution.
They had a 102-95 lead with 1:56 left after James scored on a driver layup.
But on their next three straight possessions, the Lakers didn’t make their best shots.
Pat Beverley took a contested threesome.
James held up a three-pointer.
Russell Westbrook pulled up with a 15-foot jumper with 27.3 seconds left in the game and the Lakers by a 102-101 lead.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham was asked how he felt about his team’s execution when the game was on the line and there to record.
“Just because a play is in your pocket, you have to do it. Like having to focus and get stuck,” Ham said. “You have to screen. You must cut with a goal. You have to drive the ball with a goal. So just because you have games, a multitude of games, you still have to make them work. Again, without seeing the game (movie), I figured I’ll have to go back and break down the game later today. But just my first thoughts are that we were trying to put the ball in the right people’s hands and call different things and they threw different matchups and different defenses throughout the game. So, it’s just learning and having a package for our boys.
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