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NBA world reacts to disastrous first half performance from the Los Angeles Lakers

May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers knew that they were going to have a rough go at it without Anthony Davis in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns.

With the series tied at two, this game took on even more significance in Phoenix. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they were not up to the task in the first half.

Phoenix led by the score of 34-26 after the first 12 minutes. Devin Booker and Co. then went on to outscore the Lakers 32-10 in the second quarter en route to heading into halftime with an eye-opening 66-36 lead.

LeBron James scored just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with three turnovers for the Los Angeles Lakers in the first 24 minutes. He also failed to get back on defense multiple times, leading to questions about just how into the game King James was.

All said, Los Angeles shot 31% from the field while turning the ball over seven times in the first half. As for the Suns, Booker led all scorers with 22 in the first half. Obviously, those watching the game from home had their reactions to Los Angeles’ brutal first-half performance.

NBA world reacts to disastrous first half for the Los Angeles Lakers