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.
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“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.”