Prior to the loss, James had a 14-0 first-round series record in playoff appearances for the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat.
The Suns, led by star gamers Devin Booker and Chris Paul, jumped to an early lead and managed the sport for the period, main 36-14 after the primary quarter and 62-41 at halftime. A rally in the fourth quarter by the Lakers introduced the rating to inside 10, but it surely was ultimately stifled by Phoenix.
For this recreation, James had an uphill climb he had by no means confronted in his profession. This was the primary time ever that his group was shedding in a first-round series coming into a Game 6.
It was additionally the primary time in James’ profession that his group ever misplaced back-to-back video games in the opening spherical. The Lakers had been beforehand up 2-1 in the series earlier than shedding the subsequent three video games.
The Suns, showing in the playoffs for the primary time since 2010, advance to the second spherical to face the Denver Nuggets in a best-of-seven matchup.