LeBron supportive of Luke Walton as Magic admonishes coach

LeBron supportive of Luke Walton as Magic admonishes coach

LeBron supportive of Luke Walton as Magic admonishes coach

"It's Halloween so we had to give the crowd a scare, I guess", said James.

The Lakers have underwhelmed thus far through almost 10 percent of the National Basketball Association season and have started the season with a 3-5 record. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid. But fact remains that Luke Walton wasn't a Magic Johnson hire or LeBron James recommendation leading many to believe if things continue to get rough, he'll be the odd man out.

"He's doing a little bit of everything", James said of McGee. "It's tough to get a win in Portland [even] when they don't have a good team". They almost blew a 19-point lead to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at home.

"I love the fight".

"Whenever we go on a losing streak there's going to be stories out there and distractions", Walton said. "We were able to get stops in the fourth quarter and we were getting some momentum on offense".

The Lakers have looked explosive on offense averaging the sixth most points per game in this young season (121.0), but have looked completely lost defensively giving up the fifth most points per game (121.1). People don't know why they're in the game.

"Our second unit was outstanding tonight", Walton said.

Elsewhere, James Harden scored 25 points in his return to the Houston lineup, and the Rockets defeated the Chicago Bulls 96-88. He shot 16.7 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. James gave Doncic his jersey after the game. The Trail Blazers outrebounded the Lakers on the offensive glass, 16-9, resulting in a 17-14 advantage for Portland in second chance points. I think this season has to settle in to see where we are with it.

But when you take James on your team, you better be willing to make him the sun of your organization, meaning everything, and I mean everything, revolves around him, as it should.

With the clock winding down, Oladipo seized a defensive rebound and dribbled up the court before stopping on the right side and nailing a three pointer over top of Boston center Al Horford.

Evan Turner and Zach Collins combined to score 21 points of the bench.

Harden had missed three games with a sore left hamstring, suffering the injury in a loss to Utah on October 24.

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