LeBron James gave his best for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday’s match against the Orlando Magic during the showcase event at the Staples Center.
Although turning over the ball six times, the Lakers’ power forward captained his team by contributing 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball helped the Lakers’ jumpstart their performance, with Kuzma scoring and Ball managing the defenses.
However, despite LeBron’s efforts alongside his teammates, the California team’s performance did not suffice to prevent the Orlando Magic from winning, ending the game with the final score 108-104.
With 7 assists, 3 blocks, and 15 rebounds, Nikola Vucevic blocked the Lakers’ path to victory by scoring 31 points.
James acknowledged the excellent performance of the Orlando Magic center. He cited that Vucevic “just had our number this year.”
The 28-year-old former basketball star of the University of Southern California drove his team to take advantage of the low energy level that the Lakers displayed on Sunday night.
This relegated James’ team into mirroring their performance in the November 17 game. During that match, they were all fired up in the beginning, with a 31-15 advantage in the first quarter.
Eventually, however, the Lakers’ defenses proved catastrophic in the subsequent three quarters, making them lose to Magic, with the final score of 117-130.
Lakers’ head coach Luke Walton also admitted that Vucevic is a dark horse whom people fail to notice. He said that he is undoubtedly a formidable contender on the basketball floor.
Sunday’s game was a milestone for Vucevic. He is proving himself to be All-Star worthy, leaving the Lakers team unaware of how to respond to his well-rounded strategies in the basketball court.
The Montenegrin player cited that he was able to give excellent shots from the mid-range. Vucevic said that he is confident that he would be able to make adjustments to better his succeeding playing performance.