Entering the game on Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers had the sixth best offense in the NBA, and the Cavaliers – the worst. However, when they faced off on Monday, it really couldn’t be said which team was the better offensive lineup.
With the exception of LeBron James, who scored 46 points with an efficient 19-26 shot from the field and a 7-11 shot from behind on the 3-point line, the Lakers had a hard time getting their offense off the ground. Anthony Davis had a particularly difficult night, going 5-16 off the field; a stark contrast to his 14-21 exit against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
But a little fight was to be expected Monday night, as both the Lakers and the Cavaliers were strong in defense at the start of the season. What was a bit of a surprise was how well the Cavaliers looked offensive ̵
After another strong quarter of the cavalry, who came out of the break, the Lakers tightened things at the end of the defense and let James do his thing in the fourth quarter. James scored 21 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter, and not because the cavaliers weren’t trying to stop him – he was just burning.
In addition to James’s dominance in attack, the Lakers also received a strong performance from Alex Caruso at the defensive end. Caruso saw the floor a little later than usual on Monday, but once it was turned on, he found it difficult to remove it.
With Monday’s victory, the Lakers remain undefeated on the road. They will try to keep it that way when they face the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, but the 76ers start a hot start this season, holding the best record in the Eastern Conference. It won’t be easy, so it’s good to think LA came here.
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