The Los Angeles Lakers simply gained’t lose. After sloppy begins within the first and third quarters, the the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns to safe but another preseason win, this time on the road.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis performed their first game in over two months on Wednesday, and it confirmed within the first quarter. Their effort waned, and even after they had been engaged, they didn’t appear like themselves. That’s not an issue at this stage of the season, however it was a sight to behold, for certain.
Then, for some cause, James and Davis determined to flip the swap within the second quarter and helped the Lakers go on a run that led to them main by as a lot as 14 points. When they added Talen Horton-Tucker to the combo, it appeared just like the game was over, and for the Lakers, it sort of was.
Before the game, Vogel introduced that James and Davis would only play within the first half and he stored his phrase, even when the Suns’ starters helped their team pull away early within the third quarter. After James and Davis had been pulled out, it might have been superb if the Lakers coasted to the end line, however they clearly didn’t really feel the identical manner.
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In the fourth quarter, Horton-Tucker and Kyle Kuzma helped the Lakers rally they usually got here all the way in which again to win the game 112-107. Kuzma led all scorers with 23 points on 8-15 shooting from the sector, whereas Horton-Tucker was second in scoring with 18 points on 7-11 shooting from the sector. Wednesday marked the primary game that Horton-Tucker didn’t lead the Lakers in scoring.
Outside of Horton-Tucker and Kuzma delivering another encouraging efficiency for the Lakers, there was no actual takeaway from Wednesday’s game. We know the Lakers are going to be when James and Davis are on the floor and engaged, and after they’re not, they’re going to wish guys to step up. On Wednesday, it was Kuzma and Horton-Tucker. On different nights, it might be one of their two Sixth Man of the Year candidates.
They’re going to be simply superb.
The Lakers will play their fourth and ultimate preseason contest on Friday. Hopefully that game is simply as enjoyable as Wednesday’s game.