On the second night of a back-to-back the Lakers treated their fans to a show with a blowout win over the Miami Heat to reach 14-26 on the season. Following last night’s loss against Portland the purple and gold weren’t about any funny business when they took on the under-manned Heat squad. With Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow out, the Lakers offense was in attack mode to start the contest. The starters got things going early with a 10-0 run to start the game and although they found themselves in a lull at points, they managed to continuously put together runs resulting in a 127-100 victory.
Here are some of our takeaways:
Contributions from everyone
There were six different Lakers to tally double figures in the points column tonight, which ultimately was too much for the Heat without two of their best players. Lou Williams led all scorers with 24 points (16 in the fourth quarter), with D’Angelo Russell and Luol Deng following right behind with 19 a piece. Tarik Black came in off the bench and added a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in 25 minutes of work so it’s nice to see he’s returned properly following the injury. Overall, the Lakers played a pretty clean game, with only 11 turnovers on the night while shooting 50 percent from the field, if they can do this more consistently they’ll be a tough team to beat.
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Brandon Ingram turning the corner?
For the second night in a row, the 2nd overall pick recorded double digits in points and shot at least 50 percent from the field. This was a strong effort from Ingram tonight; not only did he score the ball well but he looked entirely more aggressive on the offensive end. On a number of occasions he saw lanes to the hoop and attacked them quickly either finishing at the rim or getting to the free throw line. To begin the new year, Ingram is averaging 10 points per game on 50 percent shooting from the field, albeit through four games. But we can hope Brandon builds on this momentum.
Oh, and he had a couple nice alley-oop assists tonight too.
Metta is still Metta, and we love it
Late in the fourth quarter when the game was all but wrapped up, Luke Walton decided to give Metta World Peace a few minutes of action in front of the home fans. In just two minutes on the court, he was charged with three fouls and took a deep three pointer that just rimmed out. The crowd’s reaction to each foul was truly amazing to see as they cheered on one of their long-time favorites. There is some uncertainty with World Peace’s future with the team as the front office has to decide by tomorrow whether or not they will cut him, and it seems they’re still on the fence. If we did just witness his last game in a Lakers uniform, we should thank him for all the years and countless memories. Metta World Peace is a national treasure.
The Lakers are off until Sunday when they will host the Orlando Magic, game time set for 9:30 PST.