Recap: Lakers dismantle the Nets in the second half, winning 128-113

BROOKLYN, NY – JANUARY 23: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on January 23, 2020 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers won both games of their New York back-to-back, as they beat the Brooklyn Nets, 128-113. Their defense was shaky in the first half, but they dominated on both ends in the second half to pull out the win.

LeBron James drops a triple-double

LeBron had another stellar game, ending with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists adding in a steal and a block.

The All-Star Game captain was really turning it on in the 4th quarter, making jump-shot after jump-shot extending a huge Lakers run that was at 26-2 at one point. The game was evidence of LeBron’s power to turn it on whenever he wants, as he’s been spending most of his energy this season getting Anthony Davis and the rest of the team involved.

Defense? Who needs it?

The Lakers finally got engaged on the defensive end in the second half, but they were letting three-after-three fall in the first half from the Nets as the Lakers were up 75-70 after two quarters. The Nets still ended with 21-for-46 from three, but they only scored 43 in the second half compared to the 70-point first half.

The Lakers threes were falling in a big way as well, as they made 19-of-38. Danny Green finished 4-of-7 from deep, as he started the second-half surge with three threes in the first three minutes of the third quarter.

This was the best game the Lakers have played all week after those bad games against the Celtics and Knicks. The Lakers will now head to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers on Saturday night as LeBron James will more than likely pass Kobe Bryant in all-time points scored.

See you then!

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