LeBron James rues missed opportunities in shocking Suns loss

LeBron James felt it was an all-too familiar story for the Lakers as the struggling Suns consigned them to a fourth defeat in their last five games.

The Lakers sunk to a new low on Saturday, going down 118-109 to a Phoenix side languishing bottom of the standings.

That followed a 131-120 loss to the Bucks on Friday, striking blows to the Lakers’ bid to secure a playoff place.

James, who top-scored with 27 points and added 16 assists, said Luke Walton’s squad only had themselves to blame.

“I’m not here to harp on with negativity. We had opportunities, we could have played better here, we could have played better there — it’s been throughout the whole season.” James said.

“Right now, it’s a tough loss for us. It was a tough loss for us last night [against the Bucks]. We knew we gave so much to the game last night that we had to kind of find our own energy.

“I actually felt a lot better than I thought I was going to feel once I got on the floor but as a collective group, we didn’t always have it.

“A few of us had it at times but it wasn’t always a five-man collective group, at least until those last five minutes.”