The Lakers finally stopped their downward spiral and grabbed a much-needed win against the Clippers, 106-103.
LeBron James had a strong game with 25 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists. Anthony Davis had a slow start to the game but found his footing more in the second half. He ended the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals.
Christian Wood continues to take full advantage of his playing time doing a bit of everything, including two highlight dunks. He ended the game with nine points and 10 rebounds. D’Angelo Russell bounced back from a slow start in the first half to come alive in the second half and finish with 13 points and six assists.
After a quick, evenly-matched start, the Lakers’ offense was starting to become stagnant and the Clippers took a nine-point lead. LeBron nailed a 3-pointer that helped stop some of the bleeding. With two minutes left in the quarter, the Lakers were able to gain some momentum as the Clippers went on a scoring drought. A 10-1 run had the Lakers within one, but the Clippers answered back and led 24-19 at the end of the first.
A surge from LeBron helped the Lakers get to within one to start the second quarter. Wood and Max Christie continued to be productive with the minutes they’ve been given lately. A 3-pointer from Wood brought the Lakers within one.
The Lakers were once again a turnover machine and already had nine with two minutes left in the half. Ivica Zubac was having an excellent first half scoring 14 points against his former team. The Lakers managed to keep the game close, but the Clippers led 53-49 at halftime.
A LeBron monster dunk and free throw helped the Lakers tie the game two minutes into the third quarter.
The pace of this game was favoring the Lakers heavily to keep them in it. Cam Reddish knocked down two 3-pointers in a row that gave the Lakers a three-point lead about midway into the quarter.
After bricking his first five 3-pointers, D’Angelo Russell finally found his rhythm and knocked down two in a row to give the Lakers a two-point lead. A Wood explosion brought the house down and helped give the Lakers the lead, 81-77 at the end of the third.
The Lakers extended their lead to eight to start the fourth quarter. AD’s offensive game was slow tonight, but the rest of the team was picking up the slack. D’Angelo’s 3-pointer gave the Lakers a 10-point lead. Two Norman Powell 3-pointers helped cut the Lakers lead right back down to one.
With three minutes left in the game, the Lakers were holding onto a one-point lead. An AD midrange shot extended the Lakers lead to three. Powell nailed three free throws to tie the game with two minutes left after a Taurean Prince foul. Prince, though, immediately made up for it with a 3-pointer and a LeBron layup got the Lakers up by five before James Harden answered back with a 3-pointer to make it a two-point game.
The Clippers entered desperation mode and were left having to foul to extend the game as much as they could for any sort of hope. The Lakers got the win thanks to the basketball Gods watching over them and keeping a Powell 3-pointer from going in after a missed Austin Reaves free throw with four seconds left kept the door open.
Turnovers are a consistent issue for the Lakers that needs to be adjusted. Most of the turnovers are lazy, so they need to clean that up.
This was another one of those games that showed this team can play hard for a full game, they just need to fix their stupid mistakes.
The Lakers' next game is on Tuesday against the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 PM PT.
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