Despite being short-handed, the Nets vs Lakers game did not go the way that Los Angeles envisioned. Thanks to 23 points from James Harden and 21 points from Joe Harris, the Brooklyn Nets handled the Lakers 10-98 despite Kevin Durant missing his third straight game with a strained left hamstring.
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Kyrie Irving was able to get the best of LeBron James in the Nets vs Lakers classic in what was another reunion between the two stars. Irving and LeBron teamed up in 2016 to clinch the NBA championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since that magical run, the two have been at odds. The relationship between the two is so torn that one source reports that it would take a phone call and an apology from Irving for the relationship to be mended.
Nets winning without Durant
When Durant, Harden, and Irving were paired together, it seemed like the only way the Nets could win is if the team featured all three on the court. The team’s lack of depth certainly didn’t help. However, the Nets are 4-0 on their West Coast road trip, including winning three straight without Durant on the floor.
Nets vs Lakers didn’t feature Anthony Davis
Before we get too carried away, we should remember that star Anthony Davis, who contributes heavily on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, was not in the game. Davis is out for the next four to six weeks with an injury. Meanwhile, starting point guard Dennis Schroder was also out of the game. Given that the team missed two of their top three scorers, this game features somewhat of an asterisk.
Much needed help from the bench
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 15 points by connecting on all five of his three-point shots. He was a part of the three-point barrage, where the Nets made 18 in total. Not known for an offensive shot maker, the team needed the extra scoring tonight.
Nets vs Lakers’ game analysis & commentary
LeBron scored his 35,000th career point in Nets vs Lakers, so the loss overshadowed the milestone. Landry Shamet scored in double-digits for his second straight game.
LeBron played like an MVP
LeBron is pushing to become one of the oldest ever to win the MVP award. At 36 years old, he is still doing incredible things at the NBA level. LeBron shot the ball 14-of-23 and nearly carried the team to a victory. With the Nets missing Durant, the team needed to hold LeBron in check.
Another layer to the drama
If the Irving and LeBron saga didn’t have enough bumps in the road, Irving added another layer with this move on LeBron. Check out the magician that is Kyrie Irving.
Can the Nets go 5-0 on the road? The team takes on the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. The Clippers are coming off a win over the Utah Jazz.