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Lakers sting the Hornets behind another dominant Anthony Davis game

Anthony Davis’ dominance and a second-half team outburst propelled the Lakers past the Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

A big third quarter from the Lakers and another strong Anthony Davis outing saw them earn one of their most comfortable wins in recent weeks against the Hornets, 133-112.

After struggling for much of the first half, the Lakers started strong in the second half and finished the third quarter even strong, blowing the game wide open. It was a non-AD and LeBron James lineup that did the work to close the third frame and allowed the aforementioned superstars to sit the entire fourth quarter.

Davis’ utter dominance was on full display as he put his stamp all over this game. He ended with 26 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, two assists, and two steals. LeBron James couldn’t find consistency which made him have a slow game offensively, but he was dishing dimes and ended with 11 assists. Rui Hachimura had a very productive game, stepping in as a starter and scoring 17 points.

Both teams were making their shots and not playing too much defense to start off the night. The Lakers didn’t have good energy but AD continued his stellar play, asserting himself early. The terrible energy was ongoing and the Hornets took advantage of that, getting a quick lead.

D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves provided a much-needed spark off the bench to help the Lakers get within three to end the first.

The Hornets started the second quarter lacking with their offense and the Lakers' energy picked up and their shots started to fall. Christian Wood and Max Christie both were able to get playing time and helped the Lakers take the lead.

A 3-pointer from Austin helped the team get a bigger lead, but the Hornets answered back and it was a one-point game with six minutes left. The Lakers' lack of energy came back and the Hornets started making their shots and took the lead again.

An AD dunk, which earned him a taunting tech, and a Taurean Prince 3-pointer gave the team life. Wood then gave them the lead with a three-pointer. The Hornets kept answering back but that late Lakers surge helped them gain the lead, 58-57 at halftime.

The start of the third quarter was not so nice for either team in terms of defense. Shots were falling, but there was a very obvious lack of defense. After a slow start to the first half with just five points, LeBron was able to turn it up offensively, scoring seven points to help them keep a lead.

The Hornets wouldn’t quit and kept fighting back, but the Lakers extended their lead to seven thanks to AD doing work. The Lakers kept extending their lead and AD did just about everything.

The Hornets were still sticking around even though the Lakers had begun to take control of the game as the lead flirted with double digits. Rui was putting his stamp on this game offensively, hitting shots that helped maintain a lead for the team.

With two minutes left in the third, he was up to 15 points with 22 minutes of playing time so far. As the quarter was winding down, the Lakers took full control and a commanding lead of 19 to end.

Rui’s excellent offensive showing continued into the fourth with him scoring the first bucket which was a three-pointer. Austin put on a show by running the ball, putting it behind his back and scoring a layup that had the Lakers bench hyped.

A three-pointer from D’Angelo added to his very productive night. As the Lakers kept pilling on their dominance, everyone was contributing. Austin was putting on a show, dazzling the fans with his usual ball-handling skills. Rookie Jalen Hood-Schifino was even able to get some playing time and scored.

LeBron and AD did not see any playing time in the fourth because the Lakers kept their foot on the gas. Jarred Vanderbilt, who has struggled with his offense, was able to find it scoring seven points while also hitting his first three of the season tonight. The Lakers grabbed a much-needed dominant victory.

Key Takeaways:

The Lakers need to stop the slow starts. Once again they started slow and had to play catch up. That will never be the correct formula for a win, even though they were able to dominate the rest of the game. The slow starts need to stop.

They can’t stand around and watch the ball fly all over the place, get the rebounds!

Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. That’s all.

The Lakers’ next game is on Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves at 5:00 PM PT.

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