The Lakers struggled to get any of their shots to fall, especially from behind the arc where they shot a lowly 25 percent (9-36), but they managed to stick around long enough to make the game interesting in spite of that thanks to a career night from JaVale McGee.
In 34 minutes against the Nets, McGee scored a career-high 33 points on a crazy 75 percent shooting from the field to go along with a season-high 20 rebounds and six blocks. McGee joins an elite list of Lakers to put up at least 33 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in a game.
List of Los Angeles Lakers to have 33+ points, 18+ rebounds, 5+ blocks in a game:— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) March 23, 2019
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (x9)
Shaquille O'Neal (x5)
LeBron James also did whatever he could to make sure the Lakers didn’t go quietly into their goodnight, tallying 25 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds. However, he struggled to knock down shots with any consistency, going 8-25 from the field. He also hard a time taking care of the ball, turning it over seven times.
Of course, a playoff-hope-crushing loss to the Nets wouldn’t be the same without a monster fourth quarter from D’Angelo Russell. He ended the night 21 points on 8-20 shooting from the field and 13 assists. He was no JaVale McGee, but he was still very good for someone that isn’t a leader.
The Lakers will be back at it on Sunday to take on the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. It just officially won’t mean anything now. Can we sim to July?