The Los Angeles Lakers found a way to pull out a win on Tuesday night. It certainly wasn’t pretty, as it felt like the Lakers should have won by a lot more. They ended up only winning 112-107 against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the Lakers won a sloppy one.
LeBron James sets a record on his way to another triple-double, but doesn’t take care of the ball
Tell me if you’ve heard this before. LeBron James messed around and got a triple-double.
The King was in full King mode for most of this game, ending with 25 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds. The triple-double gave the King his first-ever against the Oklahoma City Thunder, officially making him the first NBA player in history to have a triple-double against every team. Truly amazing.
What wasn’t amazing was LeBron’s sloppy ball-handling that led to him having seven turnovers. It was the most turnovers he’s had in any game this season and is his most in a game as a Laker other than March 22nd against the Brooklyn Nets, where he had eight.
Dennis Schroder outscores the Lakers’ bench himself
The Lakers didn’t have their best defensive night against the Thunder, as the Lakers gave up 107 points including 34 in the third quarter. However, it wasn’t Chris Paul doing the damage, as he only ended up with four points. It was, in fact, the Thunder’s back up point guard, the German Dennis Schroder. He actually ended up outscoring the Lakers’ bench by himself, ending up with 31 points.
Anthony Davis’ jump shot begins to fall
The big man from Chicago was letting them fly throughout this one, especially in the first half. He was 7-for-11 from the field in the half, but more importantly, he was 3-for-3 from three, ultimately ending the game 3-for-5. All-in-all, Davis ended with 34 points on 13-for-24 shooting.
The night was much needed by Davis, as he came into the game averaging 25% from three. Many were wondering when the return to the mean would be, as Davis averaged at least 33% in each of the past two seasons. The three-point shot is what makes Davis such a multi-layered offensive unicorn, and hopefully, it’s here to stay.
Final Note – Kyle Kuzma injured
Kyle Kuzma was poked in the eye in the first half, and never came back although he sat on the bench for the entire second half. The injury was pretty gruesome, as Kuzma was seemingly bleeding out of his eye, with it looking very swollen when he came back out. We’ll keep you updated on his status for the next game.
The Lakers will be back on the court on Friday, as they will be playing *checks notes* the Oklahoma City Thunder again. The game will be on the road, as the team will be on the road for the next four games.