Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers secured the no.1 seed in the west last night. A 116-108 victory of Utah was enough to clinch the top seed in the conference with just five games left in the regular season. The Lakers win now improves their season record to 51-15
The purple and gold returned to action last night, hoping to rectify their weekend woes. Los Angeles suffered a defeat on Saturday night to the defending champions, the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers had their worst shooting night of year, shooting under 35% from the field. A spirited raptors team defeated the Lakers 107-92.
Frank Vogel was hoping his men would rectify their mistakes during last night game and so they did. Anthony Davis, was the player of the game due to his offensive contributions. Davis erupted for 42 points to secure a dub for the west leading Los Angeles Lakers. He also added 12 rebounds to his stat sheet.
Davis achieved a milestone accolade as he became the first Laker to score 20 points in half, for the 20th time this season. The last Laker to achieve this was the late Kobe Bryant. The lakers win on most occasions when both Davis and Lebron combine for at least 42 points.
The Lakers (51-15) now have a six-game-lead over the second seed Clippers. The Lakers will embark their first playoff since 2013, later within this month.
LeBron James chipped in 22 points alongside, 8 assist and 9 rebounds. Veteran Dwight Howard had good outing last night, contributing effectively from the bench with 11 points. The Lakers made 50% of their field goal attempts. A huge improvement.
The Utah Jazz, were off to a good start during the first quarter as they carried a good strategy to negate the Lakers offence. However, it wouldn’t be sustainable as the running engine of Davis and his co would begin an avalanche of offensive dominance to give the Lakers an double digit lead down the stretch.
The Jazz are now 1-2 since the restart. Two consecutive defeats now results in the Jazz momentarily sitting in the 5th seed of the western conference. Utah have lost all three meetings with the Lakers this year.
Up next for the Lakers & Jazz
The Los Angeles Lakers will take on Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
The Jazz will meet the 8th seed Memphis on Wednesday
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