LeBron James' NBA Debut Anniversary Spoiled In Overtime Loss To Kings

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LeBron James, on the anniversary of his NBA debut, faced a bitter overtime loss against the Sacramento Kings on October 29, 2003.

Despite LeBron's impressive career with four NBA championships and the all-time scoring record, the Lakers struggled to secure a win in the same city and on the same date 20 years later. The passage of time highlights James' incredible journey, with more than half of his life dedicated to professional basketball.

Newcomer Jalen Hood-Schifino, born three months after James' debut, emphasized the stark contrast in age and experience. While the Lakers retained much of their core from the Western Conference finals, the team's performance this season has felt different.

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Coach Darvin Ham admitted to ongoing adjustments, including experimenting with rotations. Despite LeBron's remarkable effort, scoring 27 points, the Lakers faltered, making just two of ten three-point attempts in the crucial fourth quarter and overtime.

In addition, James' eight turnovers, including one at the start and end of overtime, proved costly. Anthony Davis led the Lakers with 30 points. The Lakers struggled early in the game, falling behind by double digits in the first quarter, forcing them to play catch-up.

They managed to take the lead in the second half, with Taurean Prince finding his rhythm from beyond the arc and the team frequently visiting the free-throw line. However, the Lakers couldn't capitalize, and Sacramento emerged victorious, led by Malik Monk's 11 points in overtime.

Austin Reaves had a challenging game, going one for 12 from the field and one for eight from three-point range. The Lakers, as a team, missed a staggering 30 three-point shots.

As the Lakers head back to Los Angeles for the second leg of a back-to-back with the Magic, the team faces the challenge of finding its rhythm early in the season.

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Source: Los Angeles Times
 

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