The Los Angeles Lakers played their best game against the Brooklyn Nets since LeBron James was injured and won 126: 101. Dennis Schroeder and Kerry Irving had a spectacular duel before being kicked out of the match shortly after the break.
Brooklyn Nets (36-17) – Los Angeles Lakers (33-20) 101: 126 (BOXSCORE)
Schroeder made one of the Lakers’ jersey best matches before slumping hard on the back in the second quarter and knocked off the ground in the third quarter. He hit his first field throws and shortly after the break he had 19 points (7/11 FG, 3/4 3P) and 4 assists with zero turns. Kyrie Irving initially gave him a good duel in a hilarious manner (18, 6/11 FG), before he was sent off as well.
Andre Drummond was the Lakers’ top scorer with 20 points (8/15 FG), in addition to having 4 of his 11 rebounds on the opponent’s board. Talen Horton-Tucker (14) only hit 4/16 off the field, but was convinced with 11 assists as the primary ball handler. Summer Lakers 19 of 34 attempts from Downtown (55.9 percent) into the trap.
Markeff Morris (6/8 FG, 3 robberies) and Kentavius Caldwell Pope (4/6 3 points) contributed 14 points, in addition to three reserve soldiers in Montrezel Harel (10), Alfonzo McKinney (10) and Ben McLemore (17) couple. In addition to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers have also lost Kyle Kozma (calf), Wes Matthews (Achilles tendon) and Mark Gasol (thigh).
Kevin Durant was still tied in under 24 minutes and had a good game with 22 points (8/17 FG), 7 rebounds and 5 assists, but he also made 8 turns. Without him, Irving and injured James Harden on the ball seemed almost completely unimaginable against the Lakers who continued to defend themselves.
Behind LaMarcus Aldridge (12) there were no more net-cracked double numbers, especially Joe Harris (6, 2/8 FG) and Blake Griffin (2, 1/3 FG) remained very pale. Brooklyn didn’t hit one of 13 threesomes in the second half (5/27 overall, 18.5 percent).
Nets break into without Keri Irving
The Lakers sank three of the first four hat-tricks and quickly took an 11-2 lead. From Downtown Los Angeles he did not score for the remainder of the first quarter (33:25 for the Lakers), but the attack around Schroeder (9 in Division 1) consistently received good shots. Additionally, Kevin Durant (2, 1/4) didn’t get into the game nearly as well as when he returned after a long break against the Pelicans on Wednesday.
Shortly after Schroeder posted his first step on the seventh attempt, his teammates had to worry about him. Blake Griffin pulled a baseline throw pen into the basket, where Schroeder waited and accepted the offensive foul. Then Schroeder grabbed his lower back and visibly limped on the bench during the time-out, but was promptly returned to the ground. However, the pain was clearly noticeable to him, so he shortened Brooklyn to -3 upon rest.
Schroeder and Irving clashed early in the third quarter and were undaunted, even after a double technical error. First, it was noted Irving’s expulsion, which Schroeder did not leave without comment. The 27-year-old followed his opponent a few moments later in the catacombs in Brooklyn. Both players have never been kicked out of the NBA game before.
The Lakers reacted much better to the strange argument. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope took charge of the attack and helped the Lakers in their first 11 points in a few minutes (3/3 3P) to 22: 9, in which they had advanced 15 points in the final quarter.
With 11 quick points on his part, Ben Macklemore ensured that the Lakers’ lead continued to grow at the start of the division. Meanwhile, Los Angeles moved to +28 and surprisingly cleared victory in Brooklyn.