Lopez scored 20 points and had seven rebounds, while Otto Porter Jr finished with 19 for the Bulls.
But, the Lakers still have James, who nearly definitely came short of his goals for his first season in LA, but still represents the team's foundation for the future and the main reason most fans probably aren't rushing for a refund. "Everybody had a joy for the game, happy for each other". James turned in a vintage performance, putting up 36 points on 15-for-23 shooting, including several highlight-worthy dunks, to go with 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes.
The fun began in the second quarter when James waited out his defender to spin and slam it home. He scored the first six points for Los Angeles, including a breakaway reverse dunk from Kuzma.
James' team are also a long shot to make the play-offs - they are 61/2 games behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot in the West with 16 games left. He was 4 of 17 for 11 points. We get caught so many times as professionals in this day and age of social media and everybody is so tight and tense when playing basketball.
"I would've assumed that we got hit with a lot of injuries". With just a few minutes left in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers running away with the game, LeBron picked off a pass and immediately tossed the ball up ahead to Josh Hart. If you told me we were healthy, I would've told you there is something wrong.
But, the Lakers are once again expected to become major players in this June's free agency, and with enough cap space to sign another superstar to pair with LeBron, there's a lot of optimism in Los Angeles, that all the frustrations will end soon.