The four-time joining MVP James also had his eight-year run to a NBA finals snapped as a squalid Lakers will finish with another losing record.
James had 25 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds, though it wasn’t enough.
The final time a NBA’s best actor wasn’t in a postseason was in 2004-05, his second deteriorate with a Cleveland Cavaliers.
Joe Harris scored 26 points, D’Angelo Russell combined 21 points and 13 assists opposite his former group as Nets knocked off a Lakers.
Spencer Dinwiddie combined 19 points in his hometown as a Nets (38-36) bolstered their playoff chances with their second true win after an 0-3 start to this seven-game highway trip.
Brooklyn is seventh in a Eastern Conference standings, a half-game behind sixth-place Detroit and dual and a half games brazen of ninth-place Orlando.
JaVale McGee had career highs of 33 points and 20 rebounds along with 6 blocked shots for a Lakers, who have mislaid 5 true and 10 of 11.
Los Angeles (31-41) will skip a playoffs for a franchise-record sixth true deteriorate notwithstanding a attainment of James, who fell usually brief of his 81st career triple-double.
The teams traded a lead down a widen of a diversion featuring 23 lead changes, though Harris put Brooklyn brazen to stay on alayup with 5:28 left. The Lakers got within 3 points in a final minute, though James committed a turnover and missed a 3-pointer in a shutting seconds.
James sat out of a Lakers’ highway culmination during Milwaukee on Tuesday to rest, though fell usually brief of his eighth triple-double for a Lakers in his return. He also took a nasty brief in a final minute, though got adult and returned to a game.
McGee, a maestro large male with dual championship rings from Golden State, had a biggest descent diversion of his 11-year NBA career.
He went 15 for 20 from a field, regularly converting in a paint on 10 assists from James. The Nets got another large diversion from Russell, who scored 27 points in a fourth entertain of a stirring win during Sacramento 3 nights earlier.
Russell was well-liked by Lakers fans — though not by Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell in a trade to get absolved of Timofey Mozgov’s toilsome agreement usually a few months after a Hall of Famer took over a Lakers’ basketball operations in 2017.
Russell has grown into an All-Star in Brooklyn, while a Lakers have stayed in mostly a same place in a standings notwithstanding adding James final summer. The Lakers strictly will skip for a sixth uninterrupted season, simply a longest strain in a 16-time NBA champion franchise’s history. The Lakers had usually missed a playoffs 5 times in their initial 55 seasons of existence before this stream drought.
With 10 games left in a season, a Lakers already know they’re staying home again for a playoffs, even after adding James to a register final July. James has played in a final 8 uninterrupted NBA Finals, though he will skip a postseason for a initial time given 2005, his second pro deteriorate with a Cleveland Cavaliers.