The Los Angeles Lakers traveled to the desert to face the Phoenix Suns in a must-win game for both teams. The series was tied at 2, and they expected LeBron James to have one of the best games of his career to lead them without Anthony Davis.
Oddsmakers thought that this would be a close game as well. The Suns were favored by 4.5 points and there was a lot of money backing up the purple-and-gold to win the game straight up. Once again, they underestimated Phoenix despite winning 51 games throughout the season.
Needless to say, the Suns silenced their critics and proved to be one of the best teams in the NBA, handing the Lakers a humiliating 30-point beatdown to put them against the wall with a 3-2 series lead.
And, as it usually happens when the Lakers lose and LeBron doesn't have a good game in a must-win scenario, the internet was flooded by hilarious memes, videos, and reactions. Check out some of them.
Funniest Memes And Reactions From The Lakers' Humiliating Loss To The Suns
The worst part for the Lakers is that Anthony Davis isn't likely to be ready for Game 6 on Thursday either. And, while we wouldn't expect another 30-point loss, it's obvious that they're not the same team when he's not on the court.
Should the Suns win again, the Lakers would become the first reigning champion to be a first-round exit in the following season since the San Antonio Spurs in 2015, and it would also be LeBron James' first-ever first-round exit.
Frank Vogel and his team have a lot of adjustments to make and must hit the drawing board right away. Things don't look good for the reigning champions and the Suns look poised to make a deep playoff run.