The Lakers improved to a Western Conference leading 34-8 after a second half beat down of the Houston Rockets. They entered this game without Anthony Davis for the fifth straight game and were able to take care of business after being down at half time. The Lakers looked impressive on the defensive end for most of the second half, and looked especially dominant in the third quarter. LeBron looked especially dominant, as he was scoring at will while also setting up teammates for open shots all night.
The team is now 12-7 against teams with winning records, which is also the best in the Western Conference. Early criticisms of this team were that they had an easy schedule and that they couldn’t beat good teams. That criticism was always founded in jealousy rather than logic, but it seems like LeBron took offense to it anyways. He told reporters after the Rockets game “We can’t beat teams with winning records. That’s what they say, right?”
LeBron has clearly heard all of the criticism aimed toward him and the Lakers. He has mocked critics many times this year by saying he is the “Washed King”, a jab at critics who said he wasn’t one of the top players in the league anymore. This latest jab at any doubters is confirmation that LeBron hears everything everyone says and he’s here to prove everyone wrong.
The Lakers are one of three Championship favorites along with the Clippers and the Bucks, and I’m sure LeBron believe his team is the best one. As the Lakers continue to win and prove all of the critics wrong, it will be interesting to hear what else LeBron has to say.