The Lakers two-week road trip landed them in Cleveland tonight where the Cavaliers managed to snap the Purple and Gold’s four game road win streak 116-102.
Up until this point, the Lakers have been playing outstanding, and Anthony Davis has been on an absolute tear. In the previous two contests, Davis was the first Laker since Kobe Bryant in March 2013, with back-to-back 40-point games.
Tonight, the guys had to play without Davis who left the game after eight minutes due to flu like symptoms. The Lakers still managed to keep the game close without their big fella under the rim. That was until the final frame when there was no solution for Donovan Mitchell’s firepower. Mitchell had 43 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
“We did a good job of staying afloat but just couldn’t close out,” Russell Westbrook said postgame.
Playing back home in Ohio, LeBron James did a lot of the heavy lifting for his team, primarily under the hoop in AD’s absence. King James led his team with 21 points and a season-high 17 rebounds— 13 of those defensive.
Big man, Thomas Bryant was right behind Bron offensively with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Westbrook and Dennis Schröder each contributed a 16-piece. But ultimately, the Lakers were outperformed in the paint 70-52 and with their three-point shooting cooling off tonight at 16.7% the team struggled to make ends meet.
“We just massaged the rotation a little bit. Obviously with him [AD] not being able … just really trying to throw some different lineups out there. They’re a really wide, rangy, long, athletic ball club and so just trying to get some speed out there, combat their size with a little bit of speed,” Head Coach Darvin Ham said on trying to stay in the game after AD’s departure.
The good news is your Lake Show is back tomorrow. The team is traveling to the Great White North to encounter the Toronto Raptors.