The Lakers ended their four game road trip with a comeback victory over the previously unbeaten Atlanta Hawks (and Dwight Howard).
Resilient is a perfect word to describe this team, as they’ve show they can make big runs when it seems their opponents are a shot away from blowing the game open. Unfortunately, this hasn’t always resulted in wins. But tonight, it did.
On the second night of a back-to-back, LAL played an incredibly efficient second half and came away with a 123-116 win, bringing their record to 2-3.
The starters finally looked in sync
Getting off to slow starts has been a reoccurring theme for the purple and gold and the bench unit has usually been leading the comebacks. But this time around, it was a quick start to the game for the starters but the bench ended up struggling and giving up a large lead.
All of the starters had a positive +/- with Luol Deng leading the way at +12
We can just call it the Zubac effect.
The young backcourt got it going
After a rather shaky start to the season for D’Angelo Russell, he finally looked locked in offensively finishing with 23 points (9-19 FGs), eight assists, four rebounds, and three(!) blocks. Good to see him bounce back against a great defensive team like Atlanta. While Jordan Clarkson has been playing effectively to begin the season, he really kept the team afloat in the 2nd quarter doing everything offensively. Clarkson finished with 16 points (7-12 FGs) and three assists.
Combined those two had 39 points (16-31 FGs), 11 assists, and six rebounds, definitely a positive sign for the young backcourt.
Lou Williams or Kobe?
With Kobe Bryant gone, its time the Lakers fill the shoes of one of the most clutch players in NBA history, but with who? Well, Lou Williams seems up to the task.
Okay, I’m mostly joking, but Lou was on fire late.
During the 4th quarter, Williams poured in 16 of his 18 points. He hit seemingly every shot he took, including a series of floaters and a three pointer from Steph Curry range to beat the shot clock.
The Lakers had issues with battling back in games but not being able to close them out, tonight they had massive help from Williams to make sure that didn’t happen again.
Awesome of Marcelo’s cousin, Chris Huerta(s) to give us his take!