Lakers fans will be happy with the display put on by their embattled team against the Phoenix Suns, who are currently second in the Western Conference.
The Lakers were unstoppable the first half, leading for the entire duration, and the effort was led the Anthony Davis who had 22 points, five rebounds plus an assist, block and steal with no turnovers. They held a 59-47 lead heading into the break.
Davis looked great on the floor and helped open up the floor for the rest of his teammates. He also continuously provided a threat on defense, altering shots and making the Suns second-guess their chances at making buckets at the rim. They held Devin Booker to only five made field goals in the game.
The second half was more of the same, with the Lakers continuing to draw fouls, hit shots.
Suns finally cut it within single digits with 4:32 left thanks to a 22-7 run but then couldn’t capitalize on a few good opportunities down the stretch. The Lakers kept their composure, though, and closed out the game with style.
Davis dominated both end of the floor with 42 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocks with three turnovers.
The Brow got a lot of help from his teammates too, as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso chipped in 17 points apiece while Montrezl Harrell and Ben McLemore scored 12 each. As a team, they had 11 steals.
The big 123-110 win comes at a pivotal time for the Lakers, as they are expected to get LeBron James back very soon.
Everything changes if LeBron comes back close to his best. Their last few games against the Knicks, Rockets, Pacers and Pelicans become far more winnable with the legendary forward on the court.
With the King playing, they could conceivably go 4-0 in the closing stretch, which still gives them the chance to get out of the play-in tournament. It’s fair to note, though, that the Lakers have two sets of back-to-back games and so we can only realistically expect James to play two games.