Lakers big three i.e LeBron James, Russel Westbrook, and Anthony Davis went for combined 84 points to win against the now 1-6 Houston Rockets. Lakers’ new lineup of Anthony Davis at the centre position has played out well as it gives Lakers more spacing on the floor for Russ and LeBron to attack and also gives them more versatility on the defensive end with AD’s ability to switch on multiple positions.
Lakers came out sluggish and could not compete with the faster legs of the Houston Rockets whom they defeated 95-85, despite the Lakers big three scoring 16, 15, and 12 points in the first half and being as efficient as possible they were down by 6 points in the first half 70-64. It was 3rd quarter where Russel Westbrook put his head down and attacked the paint to score 13 points in just 3rd quarter alone. Yet the Lakers were down by 2 points. 4th quarter was where LeBron put his foot on the gas and scored Lakers 10 straight points, he drove and moved bodies like nothing, nobody could stop him in the paint, his 14 points in the 4th quarter helped the Lakers to take the lead and ultimately win the game by 119-117. The Rockets gave a fight closing in the last second by scoring back to back three-pointers but could not walk away with a win
Carmelo Anthony continues his great scoring stretch from the field and the three-point line scoring 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor. LeBron who was bad in the first game against the Rockets had 30 points on 13 of 21 shots and 14 of those coming in just the 4th quarter to go along with 10 assists. Russ had 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and 27 points on 47.6% shooting, with AD’s 2 steals and 3 blocks his name will be up for defensive player of the year and he also scored 27 points.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 3, 2021