New Royal Show for LeBron James (50 Points) Against the Wizards!

After two straight losses on the road (Spurs and Rockets), the Lakers responded with style. By showing control in the second half, an unusual one, the Californians let LeBron James take matters into his own hands to fend off the Wizards.

The latter broke away after a perfectly balanced first quarter (26-26) at the end of the first period thanks to the finish near the circle of the tandem Kyle Kuzma – Rui Hachimura. At halftime (52-59), the visitors, who at this stage dominated the battle for the rebound (36-18), were unable to extend their lead to 10 points despite Corey Kispert’s good outside address.

Rather, they got a veritable festival from LeBon James who largely neglected distribution to score at will. With him, the activity near the circle of Languages ​​Horton-Tucker (author of a wonderful “spin move” series and then a large poster by Kyle Kuzma!) and a good unexpected series by Wenyen Gabriel, the Lakers have the steam turned to turn with three possessions in advance after three quarters (89-82).

The Wizards, carried by Tomas Satoransky, tried to hold on to the score, but LeBron James picked up where he left off and the Lakers, who were up to 18 points ahead in the “money time”, took it off without a hitch.

WHAT TO REMEMBER

No circle protection† Both teams scored 50 or more points on the opposite side. It must be said that apart from Daniel Gafford (three counter-attacks), not a single actor mobilized on the floor has emerged as a circle guard. This was all the more true on the side of the Lakers, which still dominated in rebounds, allowing Dwight Howard to score a second “DNP” in a row.

Russell Westbrook robbed of the end of the match† He played the first three minutes of the last quarter, time to lose a ball in penetration and force a shot with the backboard, before hitting the bench. And never leave him. The leader paid a new hyper performance, especially in the second quarter (1/7 on shots). Compared to all the other Lakers starters, he was never at the right pace. And couldn’t even improve his score on the free-throw line. It is the 10th time this season that he has not scored 10 points.

LeBron James, hyper demonstrative† At least with him, Crypto.com Arena viewers get their money’s worth! Especially in this game, as the superstar spent much of the evening addressing the crowd after his baskets scored. A good way perhaps for him to work out some of his frustration with the Lakers’ black season.

TOPS/FLOPS

LeBron James† What a game again! He was especially impressive in the third quarter with 19 points, including 12 straights without any of his teammates scoring. We especially notice his long shot in the first intent in the transition, an elegant one-handed finish after a long hangtime or his overpowered dunk in a counterattack. In the last period he also drew some very complicated shots, including a “fadeaway” that was defended very well by Kyle Kuzma.

Kristaps Porzingis† Best evaluation of his team and best rebounder of the game, but the Let did not give the feeling of dominating. Defended most of the time by LeBron James, he failed to take advantage of his size. The giant was very clumsy near the circle and did not weigh at all at the end of the game. He only played the last four minutes of this last fifteen minutes.

LEBRON JAMES EQUALS RICK BARRY

In his 14th 50-point game of his career, LeBron James tied Rick Barry with 6th in league history for top-performing players with 50 points. He is also the 6th player in history to score 50 or more points in two consecutive home games, and the only 30 to have done so.

THE FOLLOWING

Lakers (29-37) : trip to Phoenix, Sunday.

Wizards (29-36) : travel to the Blazers next night.

Lakers 122 shots bounces
players Minimum shots 3 points LF O d t pd side int bp CT Points Review
S. Johnson 27 3/5 1/3 0/0 2 4 6 0 2 2 0 0 +20 7 13
L.James 36 18/25 6/9 8/8 0 7 7 6 3 0 3 1 +22 50 54
R.Westbrook 31 2/11 0/1 1/4 0 3 3 9 3 1 1 1 +2 5 6
Mr Monk 30 8/12 5/7 0/0 0 3 3 4 5 0 0 0 +17 21 24
A.Reaves 32 6/10 0/4 0/0 0 5 5 3 1 0 1 1 +12 12 16
C.Anthony 21 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 0 -14 7 5
W.Gabriel 13 2/5 1/2 0/0 2 2 4 0 4 0 1 0 -2 5 5
T. Horton-Tucker 30 7/16 0/0 1/3 2 3 5 3 4 2 0 0 +5 15 14
DJ Augustine 20 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 +3 0 0
Total 48/91 14/31 12/17 7 30 37 25 25 5 7 3 122
wizards 109 shots bounces
players Minimum shots 3 points LF O d t pd side int bp CT Points Review
K. Kuzma 32 9/18 2/6 3/9 2 5 7 3 1 0 4 0 -18 23 14
C.Kispert 34 8/14 5/11 0/0 1 1 2 0 4 0 0 0 -20 21 17
K. Porzingis 25 3/13 0/3 8/8 6 8 14 2 1 1 0 1 -12 14 22
R.Neto 23 2/6 0/1 2/2 0 1 1 4 0 1 0 0 -6 6 8
K. Caldwell Pope 30 1/6 0/1 2/2 0 1 1 1 2 1 2 0 -16 4 0
A. Gill 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 +2 0 0
R. Hachimura 26 6/11 2/3 1/2 2 4 6 1 3 1 0 0 +7 15 17
D.Avdija 11 0/2 0/1 0/2 0 4 4 2 2 0 1 0 +3 0 1
D.Gafford 20 2/3 0/0 1/2 3 4 7 1 1 1 1 3 0 5 14
I.Smith 18 3/6 0/0 1/2 0 2 2 3 2 0 2 1 0 7 7
T.Satoransky 20 5/6 0/1 4/4 0 3 3 4 2 1 0 1 -5 14 22
Total 39/85 9/27 22/33 14 33 47 21 18 6 10 6 109