The Los Angeles Lakers have achieved a safe blowout victory against the Golden State Warriors and with their second success in a row reclaimed second place in the west. LeBron James and Co. made it at 117: 91
Los Angeles Lakers – Golden State Warriors 117: 91
LeBron James’s working day was over after just 24 minutes, a low of the season for the King. The 36-year-old didn’t need any longer to get his Lakers onto the road to victory. LeBron got 19 points (7/12 FG), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals and blocks.
Support was provided by five other Lakers players with a double-digit point yield, including Dennis Schröder. The German put on 12 points and 6 assists with a plus / minus value of +32 in just 25 minutes. Markieff Morris (13 and 8 rebounds), Kyle Kuzma (12 and 11) and Alex Caruso (13) also knew how to convince.
The Los Angeles Lakers offense rolled over the guests without mercy, and in the first quarter, L.A. had a 20-point lead, which grew to 29 points by the half-time break. The Warriors lacked the offensive power to keep up. From a distance, only 8 of the 34 attempts (23.5 percent) were successful, the guests only hit 40.7 percent from the field.
Stephen Curry couldn’t make his mark on the game either. He finished the game with 16 points (5/13 FG, 2/7 threesomes) and 7 assists, Eric Paschall was the top scorer of the Dubs with 18 points from the bench. Kelly Oubre Jr. still got 14 points, Andrew Wiggins (3, 1/5 FG) had a pitch-black day. In addition, Draymond Green twisted his left ankle in the second quarter when he landed unlucky on the foot of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. In the second half he was no longer able to play, but the game had long been decided.
Los Angeles Lakers with triple fireworks early on the trail
In the first few minutes of the game, the Lakers indicated in which direction this game should go. The home side started the game 20: 5 and welded five threes through the trap in the first six minutes. A green dunk followed by a four-point game by Curry brought some life to the dubs in the middle of the section, but they couldn’t stop the Los Angeles Lakers.
With LeBron on the bench, Schröder led the reigning champion with some good plays. Ultimately, L.A. finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run, set a season high for most points in one run, and went into the second quarter at 41:21. From the guests’ point of view, there was no improvement there. The Los Angeles Lakers scored almost at will with good drives, Golden State remained cold. A deep buzzer beater from LeBron finally paused at 73:44.
Even after the break, the Warriors couldn’t manage to make the game exciting again. Los Angeles maintained its comfortable lead in the third section and even expanded it to 35 points. The fourth quarter turned out to be extended garbage time.
Center Damian Jones, who started his career at Golden State and recently signed a ten-day contract with the Lakers, made his debut for Purple and Gold (8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks). Shortly before the end, Kostas Antetokounmpo provided a highlight with a cracking putback dunk. It was the end of the first Warriors bankruptcy after three wins in a row.
LeBron James and Dennis Schröder spoil LaMelo Ball’s return to Los Angeles – Lakers drag Hornets away late
Against the Charlotte Hornets, LeBron James was clearly the best player on the field and, with the energetic support of Dennis Schröder, carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 116-105 victory. LaMelo Ball impressed in his hometown.
Los Angeles Lakers (28-13) – Charlotte Hornets (20-20) 116: 105
James started with 13 points (6/7 FG) in the first quarter and always hit important throws when the Hornets threatened to equalize or to take the lead. The MVP candidate finished the game with 37 points (14/22 FG), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dennis Schröder fulfilled his role as a secondary playmaker well with 22 points (9/19 FG) and 7 assists. In addition, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker each contributed 12 points from the bench.
LaMelo Ball held up well with 26 points (10/18 FG), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (but 6 turnovers), the Hornets lacked points, especially from Gordon Hayward (7), but the forward distributed 10 assists and collected 9 rebounds . Terry Rozier got 20 points and P.J. Washington impressed as a small ball center with 18, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
Alex Caruso (5) was available to the Lakers again after his concussion, and Lakers coach Frank Vogel, without Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol, relied on Damian Jones as the center again. However, like Charlotte, L.A. later switched to smaller lineups, neither Jones nor Cody Zeller played more than 13 minutes.
With the victory and the simultaneous defeat of the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers are back in second place in the Western Conference. Charlotte ranks seventh in the east.
Bron’s got the spin and his teammates got his back 👏 pic.twitter.com/LuUUDaZME1— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2021
Both teams pushed the pace at the beginning of the game and scored again and again in the fast break, L.A. pulled away at 21:14. LeBron James (13) and Dennis Schröder (10) together scored 23 of the 31 Lakers points in the first quarter.
The high pace continued in the second quarter, but the Hornets lost control several times and allowed the Lakers with wild turnover (19:12 in total) a 14-2 run including a 51:33 lead in the middle of the section. Charlotte responded with seven unanswered points when James took a short break, but the King came back with five quick points before the break at halftime score of 60:45.
The Hornets came out of the cabin well and, with the help of a triplet from Rozier, were seven points behind. After a break, Charlotte extended his run with a triple from Ball to 16: 4 and leveled the game shortly afterwards. James Borrego waived starting center Cody Zeller and instead let P.J. Washington, Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward play long distances in the front court, whereby the Hornets won the third section with 34:23 and went into the final section with only -4.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers gained some distance with a 10-0 run and were able to hold this lead until the end, the Hornets did not get any closer than 7 points. Charlotte has three away games ahead of her with the Clippers, Spurs and Rockets. The Lakers receive the hot Hawks on Saturday afternoon, North American time.
DeMarcus Cousins and Houston Rockets are reportedly facing separation – Lakers are probably interested
The Houston Rockets and Big Man DeMarcus Cousins are reportedly facing a split. The Texans apparently want to shrink and rejuvenate themselves in the front court and give cousins the opportunity to stay with another team. There are already interested parties.
As Shams Charania from The Athletic reports, the separation between the Rockets and DeMarcus Cousins could take place in the coming days. Apparently, the 30-year-old center is about to be fired or traded. When released, Cousins could choose his next team as a free agent.
As Kelly Iko (also The Athletic) adds, DeMarcus Cousins was a good influence in the dressing room and helped the young big men in the squad with tips. But the Rockets supposedly want to reduce and rejuvenate their front court. Cousins recently had difficulties with his restricted mobility after an Achilles tendon and a cruciate ligament tear, especially in defense.
After Christian Wood was injured, DMC moved into the starting five, but couldn’t convince in the bigger role. On average, Cousins comes out of the field in 25 missions this season with 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds at 37.6 percent. The Rockets only announced on Friday that they would guarantee his one-year contract for the rest of the season. This step was probably taken to thank the center for its professionalism and dedication to the team.
According to a report by Kevin O’Connor (The Ringer), the market for cousins is limited. One team that will show interest is allegedly the Los Angeles Lakers. DeMarcus Cousins was already under contract in Hollywood in the 2019/20 season, but tore a cruciate ligament before the start of the season and did not play a game for the Lakers.
NBA match reports : LeBron James saves the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime – strong Giannis is not enough for the Bucks – Bulls shoot out all the lights
NBA match reports: The Los Angeles Lakers have to go into overtime for the third year in a row and tremble to victory thanks to LeBron James. The Phoenix Suns defy a 47-point performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls shut out all the lights. And: The Brooklyn Nets can defend.
The Raptors kill the Wizards with a strong final spurt. Brooklyn shows a strong reaction after three defeats in a row – and that in defense!
Washington Wizards (6-16) – Toronto Raptors (12-13) 115: 137
- NBA match reports: The Raptors are slowly but surely climbing back towards a balanced record. After the horror start to the season, the Canadians in Washington have now achieved their fifth win from the last six games, primarily thanks to an excellent evening shooting.
- Against the well-known weak Wizards defense, the Raptors sank 52.7 percent from the field and an outstanding 19/32 from a distance (59.4 percent). In the first quarter, Toronto with 40 points gave an impression of the direction in which this game should go, after which they did not give up the lead.
- After all, the home side kept it more or less exciting for a long time. Russell Westbrook, who was weak in first half, thawed a bit after the break (19 of 23 points in the second half, plus 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 turnovers at 9/20 FG). His two three-pointers only put Washington at -5 with eight and a half minutes before the end – but then the Raptors ended the game with a 26: 9 run.
- The Canadians’ shoot was just too much, Kyle Lowry sank 5/8 threes on the way to 21 points, but the best scorer was Norman Powell (28, 10/18 FG). Pascal Siakam (26) or Chris Boucher (17 and 16 rebounds) also showed good performances, while Bradley Beal on the other side did not go beyond 24 points (8/20 FG, 1/6 threesome). That made him the top scorer of the Wizards. Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga were not used.
Brooklyn Nets (15-12) – Indiana Pacers (12-13) 104: 94
- NBA match reports: The evening before, the mood in Brooklyn was a bit depressed after the Nets conceded 122 points against the Pistons and the third bankruptcy in a row. But the star ensemble showed a strong reaction and ended the series of defeats against the Pacers. And this time the defense was right too.
- Indiana scored 30 points in the entire first half with a miserable field throw rate of 25.6 percent (11/43 FG) on the scoreboard. Led by Kyrie Irving (35 points and 8 assists at 8/17 FG and 17/17 FT), the Nets rolled over the guests to a 62:30 halftime lead – a Nets record since the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
- “We didn’t play such a defense the entire season. It was good to see,” said Joe Harris, who contributed 17 points to the success. James Harden got 19 points (4/13 FG), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 turns, DeAndre Jordan made a positive impression with a double-double (12 and 13 rebounds) and a cracking alley-oop after a nice Irving pass attentive. Kevin Durant (Corona Protocol) is not expected back until Friday.
- The game was in fact already decided at half-time, the relatively tight final result said little about the course of the game. Indiana set the season low for points and the throwing rate (39.1 percent), Domantas Sabonis was still the best man with 18 points (7/20 FG) and 9 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points, but needed 17 throws (5 hits). After all, Caris LeVert experienced a nice return to his old place of work, who received a video tribute from his ex-team.
Kyrie with the handles and the lob to DJ 😳 pic.twitter.com/47FjEwnWPH— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2021