James was powerless once again as the Lakers slipped to a 124-120 loss last night.
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Despite chipping in with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, the four-time MVP was outshone by Wolves ace Jimmy Butler.
The Wolves will be thankful to Butler who produced a stunning display, scoring a game-high 32 points.
Also, he clinched the victory in dramatic circumstances by making a three-pointer with just 19.7 seconds left before the buzzer went.
Ingram, meanwhile, who was making his return to the Lakers after serving a four-game suspension, scored 24 points in his first game back.
And James thinks Ingram’s foul play impacted upon the Lakers.
He said: “Well besides his foul trouble, he was another scorer and ball handler.
“He had a huge block in the fourth quarter on Jimmy [Butler] on his pull-up.
“He had some foul trouble which affected his play and affected our game.”
James has only won two of the seven matches he has played for the Lakers and insists there is a lot of room for improvement.
He added: “We got to get better and we know that.
“We talk about patience because we can’t have a recurrence of the same thing.
“Doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result that’s insanity.
“We have to get better and we can’t have the same mistakes over and over.”
James will hope to get back to winning ways against the Dallas Mavericks in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time (2.30am).