After a statement weekend of taking care of the Bucks and Clippers, the Lakers get the trap game against the Brooklyn Nets. Here is your recap:
The two Superstars
After a dominant weekend, LeBron James and Anthony Davis had another strong game in a losing effort. LeBron finished with 29 points 12 rebounds and nine assists, while hitting four of his nine three point attempts. The recurring theme of the team struggling with him off the floor returned tonight, with him finishing a plus eight in a game they lose by two. After taking a combined 29 free throws in the Bucks and Clipper games, LeBron only took five tonight hitting just one.
Anthony Davis had a rough first half, going only one for six from the field for six points. He would finish with 26 points and eight boards, while also hitting four of nine from three. Would like to see his aggression start earlier, and it seemed he settled for more jump shots. He missed the potential game winning three at the buzzer off of a LeBron kick out.
The Lakers took a 11 point lead in the first half, but the Taft High School product Spencer Dinwiddie kept them in it with 16 points. He was excellent all night, picking them apart on switches and pick and roll action. He would finish with 23 points and seven assists, while hitting the go ahead basket with 28 seconds left.
One bright spot was the play of Kyle Kuzma. He has been defending well, and it was nice to see the offense come around. Still missed both of this three point attempts, but finished six for nine with 14 points.
The Lakers played enough defense to win, holding the Nets to just 17 fourth quarter points, but only scored 22 themselves. They hit five of their first six threes, but only hit ten of their next 36. (29 percent).
This loss was understandable due to the pressure weekend they delivered, but is still tough considering the ground they made up to the Milwaukee Bucks. They now fall two games back in the loss column for the best record in the league.
The Lakers next game is Thursday at home against the Houston Rockets.