Recap: Lakers narrowly win a sloppy one, beating the Hawks 101-96

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 15: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after hitting a three-point basket in the final seconds of the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Phew. The Los Angeles Lakers barely edged out the Atlanta Hawks in this early game on this fine Sunday, winning 101-96. Here’s our recap of what was a pretty messy game for the Lakers.

LeBron James razzles and dazzles all afternoon

The GOAT had himself another GOAT night, dropping 32 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.

The NBA assists leader actually didn’t have many assists at the break, and didn’t get his first one until two minutes left in the 2nd quarter. However, the first one was a dandy.

In addition to the highlight plays that LeBron was making like the above clip, he was also clowning at times in the first half. The biggest example of LeBron just having too much fun was this fastbreak with him and Rajon Rondo. Check out the 34-year-old kid fake blocking Rondo’s layup after he opted to not give LeBron the oop.

The Lakers shoot terribly from three

Coming into this game, the Lakers had been climbing the ranks of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA. The Lakers were actually ranked 7th in the league in 3P% before the game but played like a bottom-tier three-point shooting team in this one. They shot 5-of-31, putting up one of their worst performances of the season.

On the other side, the Hawks had a pretty inefficient game themselves from deep, shooting 12-of-42. Still, their shooting gave them a +21 advantage on the Lakers on three-pointers alone.

Lakers lack focus, have their sloppiest game of the year

This seemed like a bit of a hangover game for the Lakers (which I might be spot on with that analogy as the team was in Miami on Friday).

They seemed to play sloppy for the entire contest, and would have probably lost to a more superior opponent than the Atlanta Hawks. Their sloppiness resulted in 22 turnovers, which was easily the most the Lakers have had in a single game this season.

Anthony Davis turns his right ankle

With about three minutes left in the contest, Davis turned his ankle on an and-one. He stayed in the game and seemed fine at first, but as plays went on it was obvious that the ankle was giving him a bit of a limp.

We’ll keep you updated on his status for the next game, and the rest of the month moving forward.

The Lakers will have an off-day in between road games tomorrow before heading to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers on Tuesday. After that, arguably the Lakers’ biggest game of the year so far will be on Thursday, as the team will be taking on the Eastern Conference’s number one seed, the Milwaukee Bucks.

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