Lakers vs Hornets
In Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony Davis and the Lakers seem to be getting into a groove, just as the NBA trade deadline approaches, bringing uncertainty. Davis had an impressive performance with 26 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists, marking his third career triple-double. The Lakers secured their third consecutive victory by defeating the short-handed Charlotte Hornets 124-118 on Monday night.
D’Angelo Russell contributed 28 points, while LeBron James added 26 for the Lakers (27-25), who wrapped up their road trip with a 4-2 record, gaining much-needed momentum.
Davis expressed confidence in the team’s ability, stating, “When we put our minds to it, we can beat any team in this league.” However, the looming NBA trade deadline casts uncertainty over the team’s future, with rumors circulating about potential changes.
LeBron James, when asked about the team’s championship potential, focused on the present roster, saying, “that’s not a question for me. I love what we have in the locker room and that is all I worry about.”
On the Hornets’ side, Miles Bridges had a career-high 41 points, while rookie Brandon Miller scored 33 points with five 3-pointers. Despite their efforts, the Hornets suffered their eighth consecutive loss since trading Terry Rozier to Miami.
Miller’s performance was particularly notable as he became the first Hornets rookie to score at least 30 points in back-to-back games. Reflecting on his success, Miller credited his teammates for building his confidence and supporting him.
The Lakers dominated the first half, shooting an impressive 64% from the floor and heading into halftime with a 74-58 lead. James and Russell led the charge with highlight-reel plays, showcasing their offensive prowess.
Davis proved to be a formidable force, especially against a Hornets team lacking height due to injuries. Lakers coach Darvin Ham praised Davis for his ability to navigate double teams and make smart plays.
Despite the Lakers’ commanding lead, the Hornets rallied behind Miller’s fourth-quarter surge, narrowing the gap to four points with two minutes remaining. However, the Lakers managed to maintain their lead, with Davis’s defensive efforts and Reaves’s clutch free throws sealing the win.
Bridges’ impressive performance, shooting 16 of 26 from the field with five 3-pointers, was not enough to lift the Hornets to victory.
Lakers: Host the Nuggets on Thursday night.
Hornets: Host the Raptors on Wednesday night, their third home game in four nights.
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