The Los Angeles Lakers rebounded Monday night, beating the Utah Jazz 116-108 behind a huge night from Anthony Davis. Here are the most important things of note (ha!) from the big win.
Lakers end the third quarter on fire
The game was close nearly all game, with the Jazz arguably playing better than the Lakers through the first two-and-a-half quarters. The Lakers then ignited, ending the third quarter on a 19-5 run to head into the fourth with a 86-76 lead. This was much different than the third quarter against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, a quarter that basically sunk the Lakers for the night. This time the Lakers used it to their advantage, never letting the Jazz get the lead again.
Anthony Davis dominant against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz
That third quarter was heavily facilitated by Anthony Davis, who had another dominant game after a quiet one against Toronto. He ended the night with 42 points on 13-of-28 field goals (4-for-8 from three) with 12 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. He seemed to embrace the challenge against Rudy Gobert, highlighted by a four-point play dagger right in Gobert’s face to finally ice the win.
LeBron James has had a bit of a slow start offensively to this season restart, so the team will continue to need these dominant nights from Davis as The King ramps up.
Lakers have another poor shooting night (saved by Anthony Davis)
Although they eventually secured the win, this was another woeful night for the Lakers beyond the arc. Their loss on Saturday against the Toronto Raptors was highlighted by it, while the Lakers barely beat the Clippers on Thursday after shooting 11-for-36 from three.
Aside from Anthony Davis the team only made 5-of-18 three-pointers, highlighted by Danny Green’s second straight game without a three and an 0-for-4 combined performance from Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith. Frank Vogel and others continue to preach that just as long as the Lakers are getting open opportunities, the team believes they will eventually fall. Still, this has somewhat been a trend all season and the Lakers will have to improve in that area if they want to win a championship this year.
The Lakers will return to the floor on Wednesday, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in an early game starting at 3:30 p.m. PST. The game will be the first of a back-to-back as the Lakers will take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday.
See you Wednesday.