Lakers defeat Clippers behind LeBron James’ late layup
A 12.8-second start from LeBron James brought the Los Angeles Lakers a 103-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Battle of L.A.
When trying to draw a foul, James was able to take his own miss and reinsert it.
James also played a close defense against Paul George and forced a missed three-point shot at the buzzer.
Although James had problems in the first half thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s strong defense, he managed a nearly triple double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Anthony Davis took the gap and led all goalscorers with 34 points. He shot 8:19 from the field and 16: 17 from the free-throw line.
Davis’ recent eye injury certainly didn’t stop him.
Without Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the clippers relied even more on George and Leonard.
The two players scored 58 points, more than half of the total number of clippers.
The Clippers weren’t very present without Harrell, as Ivica Zubac was in bad trouble most of the game and only played 15 minutes.
Joakim Noah only played 10 minutes and also had some bad problems.
The Clippers were forced to play a smaller lineup, with either JaMychal Green (29 minutes) or Patrick Patterson (22 minutes) playing in the middle.
While the game on the pitch was fun and exciting, James focused on social justice after the game and had an important message.
“The basketball game has always been bigger than just the ball and the rim and 10 guys on the ground,” he said in his post-game interview. “It is an opportunity to use this platform to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love all over the world. We understand what is going on in society right now. And we use this NBA platform as a player, as a coach and as organizations to stay strong in it. This is a good place to start. It’s great to have the NBA back. I hope our fans are proud of us tonight. “
Both teams play again on August 1, while the Lakers take on the Toronto Raptors and the Clippers against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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