Some NBA fans were unrelenting toward LeBron James after the Los Angeles Lakers star went without a field goal across two overtimes in Thursday's 119-115 loss to Luka Dončić and the Dallas Mavericks.
It was a night to forget for James overall. Although he nearly finished with a triple-double (24 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists), he went 9-of-28 from the field and missed all seven of his three-point attempts. That includes an 0-of-6 clip in the two overtime periods.
In the final seconds of the first overtime, James attacked the basket for what would've been the game-winner. Mavericks forward Christian Wood denied him at the rim.
LeBron logged 46:45 on the floor, which may have played a role in him fading down the stretch. His performance in the latter stages certainly left something to be desired.
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
LeBron is actually shooting fairly well in the clutch this season (20-of-40 from the field). It's the last few seconds, on the obvious isos, where he's struggling.<br><br>He's not an elite jump shooter and he's lost so much acceleration that he can't get to the rim in those situations. <a href="https://t.co/jvoB1tmfpj">https://t.co/jvoB1tmfpj</a>
J. Michael @ThisIsJMichael
LBJ pulling up for a 3, after he hasn't made one all night, couldn't have had worse form. A desperation shot. Right leg sweeps completely forward and hes leaning. Not on balance. That shot had no choice but to hit the back of the rim <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MavsLakers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MavsLakers</a>
Michael Corvo @michaelcorvoNBA
LeBron on the Lakers crunchtime struggles: "The 1 consistent thing we have is a billion different lineups...teams have closing lineups...we got a lot of guys that's banged up. It's almost like, who's in a good rhythm...is going to be probably on the floor along w/ myself & Russ." <a href="https://t.co/hjYZ5oxGFj">pic.twitter.com/hjYZ5oxGFj</a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/KingJames?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KingJames</a> who said you was a 3pt shooter? Stop with the fade away 3pt shots. Post up and fade away. You gotta be smart in clutch time. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LALvsDAL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LALvsDAL</a>
Dončić, meanwhile, put up 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists for his 10th triple-double of the season. He also had five of the Mavericks' 18 points across the two overtimes.
The loss dropped the Lakers to 19-23. Although they're 13th in the Western Conference, they're only one game behind the Minnesota Timberwolves for the final play-in spot. A 2.5-game gap separates them from the Los Angeles Clippers for the sixth seed as well.
L.A. has a few days to stew on the defeat before it's back in action Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.