Lakers with a thrilling overtime win, AD drops 32 points

Anthony Davis led the team in scoring with 32 points, Carmelo sensational run continues as he again scored 29 points with 7 of 10 from downtown and defeated the Hornets 126-123.

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Carmelo Anthony continued to run Staples Center with 29 points off the bench, but the Lakers still managed to lose a double-digit lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter and required overtime to defeat the Charlotte Hornets, 126-123. Rajon Rondo came in for a struggling Russell Westbrook with the Lakers down seven midway through the third quarter and helped spark a 24-10 run to end the quarter, as Davis finally found his stride and Anthony hit two of his seven three-pointers on the night. Anthony Davis rebounded from a rough-shooting start to finish with 32 points on 13-25 shooting, along with making his case for defensive player of the year with 3 steals and a staggering 5 blocks. Westbrook had an inefficient triple-double with 17 points on 5 of 15 shooting, 12 rebounds, and 14 assists with 7 turnovers. Malik Monk also drained a 41 footer 3 at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Even though the Lakers won tonight but after blowing another double-digit lead, losing their cool at the end of the 4th quarter to acquire 2 technical fouls, and executing a late bad shot by AD which he missed by a few inches, they were lucky enough to secure the win.

Lamelo Ball recorded his career 2nd triple-double, he is the youngest player ever to post a triple-double surpassing his brother Lonzo Ball. Terry Rozier scored 29 points but could not get it done in the clutch.

Though the Lakers’ weaknesses were still on full display without LeBron James, a win against a Hornets club with a dangerous young core can provide the much-needed momentum lift, as the win moves L.A. back over to 6-5 on the season. They will face tougher competition on Wednesday against the 7-2 Miami Heat.

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