The Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to seven games – and the NBA's best record to 7-1 – with a 95-80 victory over Miami Heat on Friday at Staples Center after another dominant performance by theirs the superstar duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
In 35 minutes, Davis scored 26 points in an effective 11-17 shooting to go along with 9 tackles, 7 assists, 2 steals and 3 blocks. However, James will likely get the ball of the game after making his former team history again.
With 25 points on Friday, James is only the third player in NBA history to have at least 1
Outside of his superstar duo, the Lakers got the best minutes he received from JaVale McGee all season, as he scored 9 points and grabbed 10 tackles. He picked up weak play from Dwight Howard, who finished the game without a block for the first time this season.
Of course, Los Angeles also got meaningful minutes from Alex Caruso again off the bench. Caruso did not fill in the box, but he was effective when he was on the floor, putting pressure on the offending team as always.
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Unfortunately it wasn't a great night for everyone. Kyle Kuzma has looked rusty since he returned to the court last week, but he seemed especially against the Heat. At 24:32 Kuzma scored 7 points on 3-9 shooting from the field, including 1-7 shooting from behind the arc. He also turned the ball over the game four times.
It's too early to say that Kuzma's fit with the newcomer Lakers is awkward, but if he can't make 3-pointers at a high clip, it'll be hard for him to make an impact offensive while James and Davis are on the floor. The good news is that his defense has not yet fallen back to the ground and if this is sustainable his minutes should not be too long. And yet, for him and the team, let's hope he starts hitting shots.
The Lakers will try to tie their longest winning streak since the 2010-11 season on Sunday, when reigning champion Toronto Raptors visit them. The Raptors are 6-2 on the season – good enough for the third-highest Eastern Conference record. They will be a good test for the Lakers, who so far have shown they are ready to take on just about anyone.
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