As the Washington Wizards went on a 15-4 run to start their Friday night showdown with the Lakers, the game appeared to be the cliche sort of home letdown after a long road trip that even good teams are susceptible to from time-to-time. Add in that the game was the day after Thanksgiving and that L.A. had been fattening up on a nine-game winning streak over the past few weeks, and the Lakers looking past the Wizards wouldn’t have been shocking.
But as quickly as the Wizards’ run began, the game shifted into a cliche of a different sort: A contender beating up on an overmatched lottery team with a horrendous defense. The Lakers went on a 33-8 run to close the first quarter and never looked back. The team is up 105-79 at the end of the third as of when we’re publishing this, and will run their winning streak 10 games whenever the score goes final (Update: The Lakers ultimately won 125-103).
The previous 8 instances of the Lakers posting a 14-win month came in six separate seasons: 1961-62, 1962-63, 1971-72, 1985-86, 1990-91, 1990-2000.— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 30, 2019
If you know your Lakers history, you know all those seasons ended either with a title or the Lakers not losing until the Finals. https://t.co/z8nbai3LTX
Nothing about how the Lakers built that lead will surprise anyone. LeBron James was dominant, Anthony Davis was a menace on both ends of the floor, and the team threw down lob after lob against an already-worst-in-the-league defense whose stats will only get worse once this game’s stats are finalized. Add it all up, and you have the Lakers finally jumping all over an overmatched opponent instead of letting things get overly interesting (outside of that opening stretch, of course).
You don’t need to watch the rest of this. Seriously, just go watch “The Mandalorian,” or do something else to enjoy the holiday weekend with your family. The Lakers will be back at it again on Sunday for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off against the Dallas Mavericks. We’ll see you then.