Lebron James Rebounds from Bad Start Against Miami after Lakers Teammates Rebuked him for ‘Passive’ Play

Oct 24, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Lebron James against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Facing a Miami Heat team with an unblemished record at home, the Los Angeles Lakers‘ road winning streak looked to be in jeopardy Friday night because of a disastrous first half from LeBron James.

“Well, we were down today because of me,” James said, referring to a Miami lead that swelled to as big as 14 as James turned it over seven times and missed seven of his 11 shots in the first half. “I was reckless.”

The Lakers were a different team and James was a different player after the break. L.A. was able to rally to win 113-110 to become the first visiting team to leave AmericanAirlines Arena with a victory, extending its road win streak to 13, largely because of James, who poured in 17 of his 28 points and had nine of his 12 assists in the second half.

And James was able to rally personally thanks to a little help from his friends, namely Lakers big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

“My teammates got on my ass,” James told ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez during a walk-off interview on the game broadcast. “They told me you’re playing too passive, thinking about the game way too much instead of read and reacting and doing what you do. … [Davis] got on me, Boogie Cousins got on me and they told me to just be me. So I was like, ‘Thank god we have two halves in a basketball game,’ where I can flush the first one and then come back and try to help us win.”

It didn’t start off smoothly after the pep talk. Jimmy Butler intercepted a James pass on the first possession of the second half, tossing it ahead to Kendrick Nunn, who put the Heat back up by double digits.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Dave McMenamin