LeBron James, Anthony Davis Combine for 53 as Lakers Cruise Past Jazz

Adam Pantozzi/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Lakers earned their first win of the LeBron James-Anthony Davis era with a 95-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday at Staples Center.James and Davis combined for 53 of the Lakers' points, with Troy Daniels pitching in 15 thanks in part to four three-pointers.Utah committed 22 turnovers (versus 19 just…

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The Los Angeles Lakers earned their first win of the LeBron James-Anthony Davis period with a 95-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday at Staples Center.

James and Davis combined for 53 of the Lakers’ points, with Troy Daniels pitching in 15 thanks partly to 4 three-pointers.

Utah dedicated 22 turnovers (versus 19 simply assists) and shot 41.Four % from the sphere and 8-of-25 from three-point vary.

The Lakers, who lost to the L.A. Clippers 112-102 of their opener Tuesday, improved to 1-1. The Jazz fell to 1-1 after beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-95 of their first game.

Notable Performances

Jazz SG Donovan Mitchell: 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting, Three steals

Jazz C Rudy Gobert: 8 points on 4-of-8 shooting, 9 rebounds

Jazz PG Mike Conley: 13 points on 3-of-11 shooting

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 32 points on 12-of-22 shooting, 10 assists, 7 rebounds

Lakers F Anthony Davis: 21 points on 7-of-17 shooting, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks

Lakers G Troy Daniels: 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting

Lakers Win Despite Continued Offensive Struggles

Los Angeles’ efficiency Friday introduced again recollections of the early-2000s teams.

Those squads received three straight championships, whereas the James-Davis Lakers have received simply one regular-season game in Year 1, in order that sentence deserves clarification.

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal carried the Lakers offense of two decades ago. On event, a player like Derek Fisher or Robert Horry would contribute greater than regular, however O’Neal and Bryant have been the only two players to common greater than 11.5 points per game within the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Those Lakers may get away with a extremely concentrated offense within the early 2000s, when the tempo of play was far slower and offenses have been caught in a stone age during which scoring 100 points in a game was an accomplishment.

These Lakers are concentrated across the Davis-James combo if the primary two games are any indication. In truth, any Laker not named Davis, James or Troy Daniels mixed to go simply 10-of-38 for 27 points on per evening when aesthetically pleasing offensive basketball was at a premium.

Alex Regla of Silver Screen & Roll pointed out some strategical issues as effectively:

Alex Regla @AlexmRegla

I do know the Lakers have needed to face two elite defenses to begin the season, however man their offense/technique has been tough. A ton of post-ups, iso, and so forth. Also so yeah, the creating duties exterior of LeBron…


The Lakers are going to have severe issues making a deep playoff run with out a extra well-rounded scoring assault. Teams just like the Los Angeles Clippers, who beat the Lakers 112-102 on Tuesday, can flip to a handful of players to post 20-plus points an evening.

Sure, Los Angeles skated to a comparatively snug win Friday as a result of Utah obtained nothing going offensively exterior Donovan Mitchell. In truth, the Jazz did not score greater than 20 points in any of the primary three quarters.

Plus, the Lakers are nonetheless with out Kyle Kuzma, who’s recovering from a stress response in his left foot. The team’s second-leading scorer from final season at 18.7 points per game ought to definitely present a lift, as will the return of stat-sheet-stuffing point guard Rajon Rondo (calf injury).

But that is now the second game in two tries during which the Lakers offense has been James, Davis and one player stepping up for a strong evening.

Their defense will assist them overcome poor shooting evenings on different events, however games towards extra high-powered offenses will show a lot harder with out a extra well-rounded scoring assault.

What’s Next?

The Jazz will return home Saturday to host the Sacramento Kings at 9 p.m. ET. Los Angeles will keep on the town for a Sunday night game versus the Charlotte Hornets at 9:30.

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