Lakers beat Bulls, ending 5-game losing streak

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

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

LeBron James knows that the Lakers playoff chances are slim and his run of making playoffs since 2005 is likely over.

Los Angeles Lakers managed to end their five game losing streak in the National Basketball Association, beating opponents Chicago Bulls 123-107 in an away game late Tuesday.

However, he insists he'll be back in the playoffs sooner than later.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks the ball against the Chicago Bulls in the second half at the United Center.

In the absence of a postseason run by the Lakers (31-36), James said his team can use the rest of its trip with games against playoff-bound teams in Toronto, Detroit and Milwaukee as a kind of playoff proxy.

"Was that question asked after I actually lost that Finals? That's what I live", James said. "For me to a part of the postseason is something I've always loved". But they are still playing with a sharp edge, thanks to their team captain. "But right now, it's not the hand I was dealt, so you play the hand that you were dealt until the dealer shuffles the cards and you're dealt another hand and can do that". "I'll be watching if we're not in there and it looks like we're not".

"Any time you can get a win, especially in this league, it's hard to come by".

James' team are also a long shot to make the play-offs - they are 61/2 games behind the Utah Jazz for the eighth and final spot in the West with 16 games left. "For our young guys to be able to play playoff teams on the road, it's very key for their development still".

One thing for certain is that James will be returning to Chicago with the Lakers next season, unlike Walton, who is widely rumoured to be on borrowed time.

But, while coach Luke Walton feels that their raft of injuries have led to "where we are at as a group", he still wants his players to give their all until the regular season concludes, adding: "It's our job to continue to come out and give everything we can to get better, to win the games we do have left". All playoff teams, all good teams.