LeBron James, Anthony Davis Combine for 53 as Lakers Cruise …

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

Utah devoted 22 turnovers (versus 19 just assists) and shot 41. 4 % from the sphere and 8-of-25 from three-point differ.

The Lakers, who lost to the L.A. Clippers 112-102 of their opener Tuesday, enhanced to 1-1.

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



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’ effectiveness Friday presented once again recollections of the early-2000s teams.

On occasion, a player like Derek Fisher or Robert Horry would contribute higher than regular, nevertheless O’Neal and Bryant have actually been the only two players to typical higher than 11.5 points per game within the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Those Lakers might get away with an incredibly focused offense within the early 2000s, when the pace of play was far slower and offenses have actually been captured in a stone age throughout which scoring 100 points in a game was an achievement.

If the main two games are any indicator, these Lakers are focused throughout the Davis-James combination. In reality, any Laker not called Davis, James or Troy Daniels blended to go merely 10-of-38 for 27 points on per night when visually pleasing offending basketball was at a premium.

I do understand the Lakers have actually required to deal with two elite defenses to start the season, nevertheless man their offense/technique has actually been difficult. A heap of post-ups, iso, and so forth., who beat the Lakers 112-102 on Tuesday, can turn to a handful of players to post 20-plus points a night.

Sure, Los Angeles skated to a relatively tight win Friday as an outcome of Utah acquired absolutely nothing going offensively outside Donovan Mitchell. In reality, allure did not score higher than 20 points in any of the main three quarters.

Plus, the Lakers are however with out Kyle Kuzma, who’s recuperating from a tension reaction in his left foot. The team’s second-leading scorer from last season at 18.7 points per game should absolutely provide a lift, as will the return of stat-sheet-stuffing point guard Rajon Rondo (calf injury).

That is now the 2nd game in two shots throughout which the Lakers offense has actually been James, Davis and one player stepping up for a strong night.

Their defense will assist them get rid of bad shooting nights on various occasions, nevertheless games towards additional high-powered offenses will reveal a lot harder with out an additional well-rounded scoring attack.

What’s Next?

The Lakers, who lost to the L.A. Clippers 112-102 of their opener Tuesday, enhanced to 1-1. On occasion, a player like Derek Fisher or Robert Horry would contribute higher than regular, nevertheless O’Neal and Bryant have actually been the only two players to typical higher than 11.5 points per game within the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

I do understand the Lakers have actually required to deal with two elite defenses to start the season, nevertheless man their offense/technique has actually been hard. A load of post-ups, iso, and so forth., who beat the Lakers 112-102 on Tuesday, can turn to a handful of players to post 20-plus points a night.


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