LA knocks Brooklyn down for third win of the season

Facing the Brooklyn Nets without LeBron James on Sunday, there seemed a strong chance the Los Angeles Lakers would lose their sixth straight game.

Instead, LA put on arguably their best overall effort of the season and improved to 3-10 on the season with a 116-103 victory over Kevin Durant and company.

The purple and gold have straddled Anthony Davis, who has come a long way without James, and although the Nets have won five of their previous seven, they’ve gone eerily cold at Arena.

Third quarters have been a weakness for the Lakers this season, and it was again on Sunday. They had a nine-point halftime lead, but it was reduced to three by the end of the third quarter.

However, Los Angeles went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to put things out of reach for the visiting Nets.

It was undoubtedly Davis’ best game of the season so far. He exploded for 37 points on 15-of-25 shooting while making all seven of his free throws and grabbing 18 rebounds, and Brooklyn simply had no answer for him.

He had come out cold in the second halves of games, but in this contest he continued to pour it every minute he was on the floor, and his sustained onslaught allowed the Lakers to maintain and extend their lead. .

Brown had a bit of a quiet night, but he shot 4 of 7 from the field and 1 of 2 from 3-point range to finish with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Beverley went just 1 of 5 from the floor, and his shooting problems on the outside continued, as he missed all four of his 3-pointers.

Defensively, he found himself guarding Durant a lot, and there was little he could do to slow down the two-time NBA Finals MVP. Durant finished with 31 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and going 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

On the bright side, Beverley grabbed four rebounds and contributed five assists and a blocked shot. He also drew a charging foul in the first quarter.

Reaves went 5 of 8 overall while hitting an impressive 3 of 4 from downtown. He also added three assists and committed just one turnover.

He still has room for improvement in terms of individual defence, but he seems like a decent team defender thanks to his strong instinct for the game.

Walker’s signing by the Lakers using their mid-tier taxpayer exception seemed questionable over the summer, but his stock is starting to rise quickly.

He scored 25 points on Sunday while shooting 9 of 15 overall and 4 of 5 from deep. Los Angeles needed him to step up these last two games without James, and he answered the call.

After playing so well in his first few games off the bench, Westbrook has calmed down and was just chilling on Sunday.

He’s only shot 4 of 15 overall and 1 of 6 from 3-point field, and it remains to be seen if those last two or three bad shooting games are a sign of things to come or just a sign of things to come. brief blow. the radar.

Westbrook, however, helped the Lakers’ cause with six rebounds, 12 assists and a blocked shot. Even his harshest critics have to admit he’s done a great job of setting the stage for his teammates lately.

He also served as the highlight of the game with his gigantic third-quarter dunk.

Gabriel hasn’t grabbed a single rebound in 14 minutes, but he’s done very well offensively, shooting 4 of 7. He’s active in the paint in terms of moving off the ball and getting ready to catch passes and attempt shots. rabbits on or near the edge.

He also hit his first 3-pointer of the season, which was a welcome sight, especially considering how bad the Lakers have been in that department as a whole.

Overall, LA shot 40.7% from beyond the arc on Sunday. It might not be easy to notice, but his 3-point shooting has been trending up in recent days.

Once again, Christie got significant playing time – 21 minutes to be exact. He only attempted one shot, which he missed, but he snatched nine rebounds, all on the defensive boards.

Rebounding has been something of a weakness for the Lakers since last season, but they managed to outshine Brooklyn in that department by outscoring it 45-41.

Nunn looks totally out of rhythm, and at least part of it may have been because he was played inconsistently by head coach Darvin Ham. He seems to have almost fallen out of Ham’s rotation, and he’s paying the price offensively.

The guard missed all four shots tonight and went scoreless in 11 minutes. His only contributions were a rebound and two assists.

Ryan and Toscano-Anderson entered during garbage time for six and two minutes, respectively. The two hit a field goal each, with Ryan’s field goal being a 3-point field goal.

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