Kyle Kuzma grabbed the spotlight in a contest that missed most of the major stars from both the teams. With LA lakers missing LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Markieff Morris also sat out due to a sprained left ankle. While Charlotte Hornets had 4 of their starters sitting on the bench- Terry Rozier, Gordon Hayward, Malik Monk and P.J.Washington.
Talking about the game, Kyle Kuzma was impressive leading the LA Lakers side past Charlotte Hornets after dropping game high 24 points, including four from downtown. Dennis Schroder added 19 and Andre Drummond had 12 points.
Kyle Luzma led LA Lakers against short-handed Charlotte Hornets
The LA Lakers built a 10-point lead in the closing seconds of the third quarter behind a jumper by Schroder.
But Charlotte cut the lead to one with 1:54 remaining behind a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer from Graham. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead after getting a defensive stop, but Graham turned the ball over and Alex Caruso made them pay at the other end with a clutch 3 with 43 seconds left.
Lacking go-to scorers in the clutch, the Charlotte Hornets were forced to rely solely on Graham, who missed a spinning 3-point attempt on Charlotte’s next possession. Caruso made two free throws to push the lead to six with 28.1 left.
Graham answered with a runner and the Cody Zeller appeared to come up with a steal in the backcourt before losing control of the ball. The Hornets were forced to foul and Kuzma slammed the door on Charlotte Hornets with four free throws down the stretch.
Having said that Kyle Kuzma’s poster dunk on Bismack Biyombo was highly appreciated by teammate LeBron James from the bench. Whereas Drummond had another disappointing offensive night for the Lakers, scoring just four points on 2-of-7 shooting against a Hornets team that has struggled to defend big men.