The Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to seven games – and the NBA's best record at 7-1 – with a 95-80 victory over the Miami Heat on Friday at Staples Center, behind another dominant Their team's performance was left behind by superstar duo Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
In 35 minutes, Davis scored 26 points in an efficient 11-17 shooting, with 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. However, it was James who is likely to get the ball after he made history back to his former team.
With 25 points on Friday, James was the third player in NBA history to feature at least 1
Of course, Los Angeles also got important minutes from Alex Caruso again from the bench. Caruso did not fill the box, but he was efficient when he lay on the floor and as always put pressure on the offensive of the opposing team.
He did that too.
Unfortunately, it was not a big hit night for everyone. Kyle Kuzma has looked rusty since returning to court last week, but he looked especially against the heat. In 24:32 Kuzma scored 7 points in a 3: 9 shot from the field, including a 1: 7 shot from the background. He also turned the ball four times to a game high.
It's far too early to say that Kuzma's fit with the Lakers in the new look is awkward, but if he can not score 3 points on a high clip, it's hard for him to make an offensive impression while James and Davis are lying on the floor. The good news is that his defense has not yet fallen back to earth, and if that is sustainable, his minutes should not bring too big a hit. Let's hope he scores for his and the team's hits.
The Lakers will try to tie their longest winning streak since the 2010-11 season on Sunday when reigning champion Toronto Raptors visits them. The Raptors are 6-2 in the season – good enough for the third best balance of the Eastern Conference. They will be a good test for the Lakers, who have shown so far that they are ready to compete with almost anyone.
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