The Los Angeles Lakers are on the right track again. After allowing the Golden State Warriors to steal a victory at Staples Center on Monday, the Lakers blocked in the second half to seal a 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv forum on Thursday.
The Lakers didn’t seem to be coming out of the gate synchronously. In fact, for most of the game, it felt like they were lucky enough to lead, albeit with only a few points. But it was not their luck that won Thursday; they were a pair of stellar performances by LeBron James and Kentavid Caldwell-Pope.
Coming out of a disappointing performance against the Warriors on Monday, James was in full swing on Thursday, scoring 32 points in 1
James’ production was especially valuable when he was on the floor with Wesley Matthews, Kyle Kuzma, Marquis Morris and Montresle Harel. Vogel turned to this lineup several times this season and it was only tonight that they achieved relative success because James was passionate. Given this, this is still not their best lineup and the Lakers would be better off if the five don’t see the court together often.
Caldwell-Pope was also hot on Thursday night, scoring the highest 23 points of the season as he fired a stunning 7-of-10 shot from behind the arc. For the season, Caldwell-Pope shot with 56.8% behind the arc, which is only the second place in the NBA after Seth Curry. It’s on fire and doesn’t seem to be cooling down any time soon.
The Lakers tried to downplay this match, but it is clear that both teams stood up for this one, and the result was pleasant. The Lakers will try to start a new winning streak as they head south to face the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
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