The last week or so for the Los Angeles Lakers was a roller coaster of a ride with a big win and then a heartbreaking loss.
On Christmas Day, the Lakers headed up north to face the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers were the underdogs and Stephen A. Smith even said that the Lakers would get blown out. Well, the Lakers proved Smith and many others wrong as they went to Oracle and destroyed the Warriors. Not only did the Lakers blow out the Warriors but they did it without LeBron James for the fourth quarter and some of the third. James exited the game with a groin injury and hasn’t played since.
Two days after the win over Golden State, the Lakers stayed on the road and took on the Sacramento Kings. The Lakers were very short-handed as James was out, Rajon Rondo was out due to a finger injury and JaVale McGee was still sidelined with an illness. Los Angeles had control of the game the entire time until the fourth quarter where they blew their lead and lost, 117-116. The Lakers were outscored, 33-21, in the final quarter of the game. They also made some crucial mistakes down the stretch such as missed free throws and fouling a guy who was shooting a 3-pointer. Although the result was bad, there were bright spots. Lonzo Ball was a rebound short of a triple-double and Kyle Kuzma had 33 points.
Back to Los Angeles
The Lakers came back home to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers took a 118-107 loss behind Lou Williams‘ 36 points off the bench. Despite this loss, the Lakers continued to show great things. Kuzma finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Ball finished with 19 points, five rebounds and six assists. Tyson Chandler grabbed 15 rebounds off the bench.
Avenging the Kings loss
The Lakers battled to avenge back on Dec. 27 with a 121-114 win. The Lakers outscored the Kings, 29-18, in the fourth quarter to get the win. Five guys finished in double figures. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with a team-high 26 points off the bench. Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, Kuzma and Ball all pitched in. McGee also played for the first time in nearly a week and a half.
All in all, it’s been a wild ride in the last week or so for the Lakers with many ups and downs.
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