The Los Angeles Lakers are just one win away from hoisting their 17th title in franchise history after beating the Milwaukee Bucks 109-92 at Staples Center on Sunday.
The Bucks got off to a sluggish start on Sunday, and they were forced to play catch up for the rest of the game. At the center of their slow start was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who didn’t attempt a single field goal attempt in the first quarter. A lot of that had to do with the fact the Lakers were double-teaming him early and often, but he was also just being passive.
Meanwhile, LeBron James was attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line. He scored 13 points in the first quarter, and helped the Lakers end the first quarter with a 28-15 lead. From that quarter on, the Lakers didn’t a win a quarter by more than seven points. In fact, they even lost the fourth quarter 34-26. Had the Bucks come out of the locker room with a little more energy, the game probably would have been closer.
James ended the game with a monstrous stat line 37 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals on Sunday. Typically, Davis isn’t too far behind him in the scoring column — he wasn’t even second on the team in scoring. That honor was earned by Markieff Morris, who scored 16 points without scoring a 3-pointer. Davis finished with four fewer points, but he made a big impact on the defensive end, grabbing 8 rebounds (tied for the team-high) and blocking 3 shots.
It was a strange win for the Lakers, and even stranger loss for the Bucks, but that’s what you get in the Finals sometimes. Los Angeles will look to close out the series on Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Bucks have only lost three games on the road this season, one of which was at the hands of the Lakers.