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Kyrie Irving can only pity LeBron James after this latest Lakers loss

LOS ANGELES – LeBron James puts up a triple-double in less than 28 minutes, and still not enough to keep his patchwork Los Angeles Lakers competitive against Kyrie Irving and the surging Boston Celtics. Irving was the The biggest reason for this is that in a fairly predictable chapter of this story rivalry between two franchises headed in opposite directions. Irving scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 16 in the Celtics' 120-107 victory over the short-handed Lakers on Saturday night, propelling Boston to its third consecutive win on its California trip. "I feel for him," Irving said, citing the Lakers' injuries around James. “LeBron has always been a championship contender. Not to qualify for the playoffs is hard. I can only imagine. ” Irving didn't make the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers until James returned for the 201 4-15 season, so he can do more than imagine. But playoff qualification will not be a problem for his Celtics, whose up-and-down regular season has hit a high on the West Coast during a strong trip that concludes Monday against the Clippers. “The stuff that happens in the Irving said with a shrug Boston was challenged while James racked up his 80th career triple-double in a makeshift Lakers lineup missing three injured starters, but Irving hit a series of big shots down the stretch to seal it. After missing Wednesday's win at Sacramento with a bruised thigh, Irving added seven rebounds and seven assists. Marc Morris had 16 points and seven…

LOS ANGELES – LeBron James puts up a triple-double in less than 28 minutes, and still not enough to keep his patchwork Los Angeles Lakers competitive against Kyrie Irving and the surging Boston Celtics.

Irving was the The biggest reason for this is that in a fairly predictable chapter of this story rivalry between two franchises headed in opposite directions.

Irving scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 16 in the Celtics’ 120-107 victory over the short-handed Lakers on Saturday night, propelling Boston to its third consecutive win on its California trip. “I feel for him,” Irving said, citing the Lakers’ injuries around James. “LeBron has always been a championship contender. Not to qualify for the playoffs is hard. I can only imagine. ”

Irving didn’t make the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers until James returned for the 201

4-15 season, so he can do more than imagine. But playoff qualification will not be a problem for his Celtics, whose up-and-down regular season has hit a high on the West Coast during a strong trip that concludes Monday against the Clippers.

“The stuff that happens in the Irving said with a shrug

Boston was challenged while James racked up his 80th career triple-double in a makeshift Lakers lineup missing three injured starters, but Irving hit a series of big shots down the stretch to seal it. After missing Wednesday’s win at Sacramento with a bruised thigh, Irving added seven rebounds and seven assists.

Marc Morris had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, and Gordon Hayward added 15 points.

“I feel like we” re on the right track, ”Hayward said. We can improve, too. We just had to play our best basketball come playoff time. ”

James had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh triple-double for the Lakers, who have lost five straight in a playoff chase that looks futile at this point

“I did like the way we played,” James said. I thought we defended them for the majority of the game. That’s a very good team over there. Their hopes are very high in the Eastern Conference. “

Rajon Rondo, whose buzzer-beat jumper beat his forms team in Boston last month, had four points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Lakers.

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