As the defending champions, LA Lakers were without two out of three of their top scorers, LeBron James seemed like the only soldier to battle it out for his team against an all-guns blazing Nets Attack. Having scored more than 30 points, LeBron James reached a milestone in his career, yet the Lakers could not find any answer to James Harden led Brooklyn Nets’ domination.
James Harden scored 23 points, whereas Joe Harris nailed 21 points, including 6 from downtown. While Kyrie Irving was not at his best, yet he added 16 points. Lakers were without Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis in this encounter where Nets seemed dominating the LA Lakers throughout the course of 4 quarters.
James Harden ensures streaking Brooklyn Nets emerge victorious over LeBron James’ LA Lakers
“I don’t think we’re getting too carried away,” Brooklyn coach Steve Nash said as per ESPN. “We played a solid game and got a good win on the road, but it’s early and we’ve got a lot of growing to do. We have to take the opportunity to get better regardless of the results, but it also feels sweet when you go out West and win some games.”
“Missing AD and then our starting point guard in Dennis, it’s a big blow for us,” James said. “But they’re missing key players as well. Neither team was full strength. We just didn’t play up to our capabilities tonight. Give them credit.”
Davis missed his second straight game after aggravating his strained right calf last weekend, and Schröder was a late scratch under the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
“Obviously AD is an MVP-caliber player, and then Dennis, he’s our engine,” Lakers guard Quinn Cook said. “He makes everything go with his pace and his defense. Guys have to step up, but to lose him right before tipoff, it’s something we definitely haven’t dealt with all season.”
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