LeBron James attributes five-turnover night as key to win vs. Kings

By Sanjesh Singh

The Los Angeles Lakers have been a turnover-prone team this season, but they flipped the switch against the Sacramento Kings Tuesday.

Los Angeles is No. 28 in the NBA in turnovers per game, averaging 15.5, but the squad had only five in the win. Sacramento, on the other hand, turned it over 18 times.

The Lakers scored 21 points off those 18 turnovers, while the Kings had 10 points off L.A.’s five.

“That’s the reason we won the game. We won the game because we did not turn the ball over tonight,” James said. “When we get shots at the goal, we can be very dangerous. We weren’t shooting the ball well at all and because we didn’t turn the ball over, we caught fire. We caught fire and got shots at the goal and didn’t turn the ball over.”

James continued about how L.A. held Sacramento in check in transition as well despite having one of the fastest players in the NBA.

“Especially against a team like Sac with one of the fastest, if not the fastest, guards in the league in De’Aaron Fox, if you turn the ball over, it results in fast break points on the other end. That was great, to hold them to six, we held them to six fast break points because we did not turn the ball over.”

Russell Westbrook was pivotal in the win. He’s second in the league with 4.6 turnovers per game, but he didn’t make any mistakes with the ball. It was the first time in 407 games where he didn’t commit a turnover.

The Lakers need him and the team to continue this type of play as it will benefit them down the road with the schedule getting tougher.

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