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Battle Of LA

The Lakers vs Clippers the new top rivalry

in the NBA. Thursday night they squared

off for the 4th Time with the Lakers

winning a very physical game 103-101 on

their DeFacto home court. The Lakers

were lead by Anthony Davis who scored

34 Points, and 8 rebounds on 8-19 from

the field and 16-17 from the Free Throw

line in 35 minutes.

The game was intense from the tip with

Lakers seizing momentum early in the

game jumping out to a 12 point lead to

end the 1st Quarter with Davis getting 14

points and drawing several fouls to hit 8

straight Free throws. Lebron James

struggled to get his scoring going but

contributed on other parts of the Lakers

early run which saw them lead 37-24

early in the 2nd quarter.

The Clippers would wake up after going

down 13 and outscored the Lakers 28-17

With Kawhi Leonard scoring 14 of those

points. The Clippers huge effort to end the

half down by only 2 trailing the Lakers

54-52 going into halftime also Clippers

that was incredible to see because they

also had 12 Turnovers in the 1st half. 30

points combined by Leonard(19) and

George(11) in the 1st half as well so this

would make for an epic 2nd half.

The Clippers came out with all the

momentum to start the 2nd half with Paul

George Catching fire by connecting on 3

three pointers that was the highlight of

14–1 Clipper run that put them up 66-55

with an 11 point switch. This led to a

Lakers timeout.

The Lakers would them start to chip into

sizable Clipper lead that started with

Lebron 3 pointer and then some big effort

plays from Alex Caruso and clutch

Shooting from Dion Waiters and Kyle

Kuzma to cut the deficit to 4 with Clippers

up 68-64. The Lakers outscored the

Clippers 21-11 to end the half but still

down by 1 the score 77-76 going into the

final quarter. Davis had another big

quarter dropping 12 points which included

2 3 pointers back to back late in the 3rd

quarter.

The Lakers kept their hot shooting going

to start the 4th quarter opening up 5

straight 3 pointers to spark a 17-3 run

going up double digits again to take

91-80.

Then the Clippers duo George(30) and

Leonard(28) picked up the pace they left

scoring 16 of the final 21 points the

Clippers would score including 2 huge 3

pointers scoring 8 points in a row to tie the

game at 101 with 29 seconds left in the

opening night thriller.

Then que up Lebron who had struggled all

game with a poor shooting night 6-19

from the field but still managed to get 16

points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists

accompanied by 5 turnovers. This all was

forgotten once he was able to get his own

rebound from a erratic shot over 4

Clippers to connect on a lay up over a sea

of hands.

This was a sweet ending to such an epic

game. It wasn’t at the buzzer though the

Clippers had an opportunity to win the

game but the red hot George missed a

3 pointer at the buzzer due to to give the

Lakers the win on Opening night of the

restart.

My 2 Cents

Lebron was overthinking a ton in this

game which made for some reckless plays

on his end that led to turnovers that kept

the Clippers in the game. Also passed up

several shots when he struggled early to

get in a rhythm but when it came down to

sealing the deal Lebron showed why he is

considered one of the best to ever take

the court.

As Ive said on my show several times over

the past month that AD is key to the ring.

Lebron’s shoulders aren’t tired from

carrying every team he has ever played

for and age is significant even with his

exceptional workout regimen. Davis

answered the call once again the Lakers

leading scorer on the season played like

the guy who can lead this franchise for

the next decade. The poise he played with

was incredible and was able to draw the

majority of the fouls on the Clippers that

included 17 free throws Davis made 16 of

them.

This was key stat as the Lakers went to

the line 37 times making 28 free throws on

the game. This was the difference in the

game. The Lakers converted 11 3 pointers

with 5 coming in the 4th quarter. This

made up for a poor shooting night for the

Lakers who went 32/82 from the field

which was 39.0 percent.

The Defense was physical and forced 20

turnovers but also had 16 of their own in a

gritty game that had a big playoff game

feel to it. The physical game was

something Dwight Howard relished even

though he didn’t score much his impact

was felt in big spots on the defensive end.

The Lakers also had a great contribution

from Caruso on defense who forced some

huge turnovers late and was ready for the

big moment.

The Lakers still need to talk more on the

defensive end there where plenty of

defensive breakdowns in the game tonight

so that will need to be tighten up as the

Lakers prepare for the playoffs.

In conclusion it was an epic game but

both teams know that they need to tighten

up no team wants to have that many

turnovers. This game also had a lot

blown whistles which was 50/50 but still

lots of fouls were called and the Clippers

physicality was their gift and curse

tonight. The Lakers will look to improve

upon this effort next game against the

Toronto Raptors on Saturday(8/1). Lakers

win increases their lead for the top seed in

the West to 6.5 games.

Written By:PopDibiase

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