LeBron James slams home alley-oop reverse dunk

NBA Lakers beat Bulls ending 5-game losing streak

LeBron James threw down a reverse alley-oop off the backboard and it was beautiful

Although LeBron James and Rajon Rondo made their respective returns from lengthy absences due to injury, it was not enough for the Los Angeles Lakers to right the ship for an expected playoff push.

Although the team is not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, odds are certainly against the Lakers with just 15 games remaining. He might get some time next to Lakers superstar forward LeBron James in this meeting in the Windy City, but it likely won't be too many minutes.

Robin Lopez scored 20 points, Otto Porter Jr. had 19 points and nine rebounds and Kris Dunn finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for Chicago. Veteran shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also chipped in 17.

Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers with 26 points, including a layup with 3:10 left that pulled Cleveland within one.

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The first stop will be in Chicago against the lowly Bulls on Tuesday. It was LA's fourth straight win over the Bulls. Ryan Arcidiacono is in line to get the start in LaVine's absence. LaVine and the team are planning to see how he feels this afternoon before deciding whether or not he can jump back into action against the Lakers. Just in general, as basketball players we just need to try to have fun and play the game like we did when we were kids in high school or college. The Lakers are 12-20 on the road and 21-18 as the favorite.

His first highlight-reel slam came early in the third quarter, in the form of a very rare full court, bounce-pass alley-oop. As a team, Chicago shot 50.0% from the field (41-for-82) and 9-for-18 (50%) from behind the arc before ultimately losing their way in getting outscored 42-25 in the third, and falling 23 points short by the time the final buzzer sounded.

If the lead dwindled into single digits, James was prepared to close things out and bring his minutes total to 36 or more, if an overtime session were needed. It ended a home-and-home series for the Bulls and Pistons with both games ending in a blowout loss for the Bulls. "And he needs to, obviously, make open shots".

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