LeBron James, Lakers’ 19-point blown lead vs. Warriors is historically bad
The Golden State Warriors’ gutsy 115-113 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday added a stack of brownie points to Steve Kerr’s coaching prowess. Unfortunately for LeBron James, it came at the expense of his legacy.
Per ESPN Statistics and Information, the Warriors’ 19-point come-from-behind win brings their 15+ point rallies to 29 under Kerr. As for the Lakers, it’s their largest blown lead ever in any game which LeBron suited up.
The Warriors trailed by as many as 19 points tonight. The Warriors have 29 comebacks of at least 15 points under Steve Kerr; since 2014-15, only the Raptors (31) have more.
The Lakers' 19-point blown lead is their largest in any game which LeBron James played. pic.twitter.com/wSWkoB8X6E
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2021
The Warriors entered the much-anticipated matchup as the clear underdogs against the NBA-leading defending champions. From the onset, the forecast was accurate as Stephen Curry couldn’t find the mark. LeBron and company, meanwhile, did their thing, abusing the Warriors on both ends as the Lakers took a 19-point lead at one point in the opening quarter.
After a 16-point deficit at halftime, the Warriors picked things up slowly but surely in the third period. Though Curry still struggled from the field, he made plays for his teammates, with the second unit also coming up big.
Curry, who shot just 3-of-12 from downtown, hit a critical long distance bomb with just a minute left in the game to give them a five-point lead, which was enough cushion to give them the win to improve to 7-6. They went down by as much as 14 points in the fourth quarter before completing the hard-earned victory over longtime nemesis LeBron.
LeBron James didn’t shoot well too, finishing with 19 points on 6-of-16 marksmanship as he was shackled by a revolving door of Warriors defenders like Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kelly Oubre, and Eric Paschall. He added five rebounds and five assists but also committed five turnovers.