Los angeles lakers, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis as lifeguards, woke up in time from a nightmare start against the Memphis Grizzlies to add a victory more suffered than the score reflected (115-105) and with which they extend their streak of consecutive wins to seven.
The current champions of the NBA they are getting used to sweating the fat drop. After scoring the last three games in extra time with James playing more than 40 minutes in each of them, the purple and gold players took a good start today as they lost by 20 points in a dreadful first quarter.
It was not easy for them to take control of the duel, since the first advantage of the Lakers did not happen until the last minute of the third set. But finally Lebron James (who touched the triple-double with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists) and Anthony Davis (35 points and 9 rebounds) imposed calm and logic to give the Lakers a comeback with which they are second in the Western Conference (21-6) behind the Utah Jazz (21-5).
Marc Gasol he added 6 points (with two very important triples in the third quarter), 2 rebounds, an assist and a block against a loss in 28 minutes.
On the part of the very meritorious Memphis Grizzlies, who have a balance of 10 victories and 11 defeats, Grayson Allen (23 points) and Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas (both with 22 points) stood out.
The Lakers faced the game with a start to oblivion. They didn’t score a shot in the first three minutes and by the time they wanted to know it, they were 0-11 behind.
The early timeout of Frank Vogel did not wake up the locals at all, who saw how Valanciunas swelled in the area (11 points in five minutes) to catapult the Memphis to a tremendous 2-22 at the equator of the opening quarter.
The figures after the first quarter (16-31) summed up the sinking of the Angelenos, who made a pitiful 29% of shots (including 1 of 8 from 3-pointers) and who completely lost the battle of the rebound (7 to 15). Before them, the Grizzlies danced at will in attack (59% in shots).
The entrance of the revulsive from the bench, especially of a very hard-working Kyle Kuzma who ended up being fundamental (20 points and 10 rebounds, 5 of them offensive), increased the Lakers’ competitiveness. However, two consecutive triples by Grayson Allen and Dillon Brooks turned the Grizzlies’ surprise into an entirely real threat (28-45 midway through the second quarter).
Although Davis began hammering the rival rim, the Lakers did not manage to go below double digits and Morant delved into the wound with a triple on the horn (46-59).
The game changed completely after passing through the changing rooms. The Lakers greased their defense, the Davis-James duo began to produce with great ease, and a triple by Gasol got the Grizzlies within range for the first time (53-61 after two minutes).
Counterattacks, steals, rogue plays and experience, offensive rebounds … The locals clenched their teeth in front of some bewildered visitors who saw their bell wane at Staples Center.
An omnipresent and overwhelming James dominated in attack and defense to model a comeback that materialized with an 82-80 in the last minute of the third quarter, which the Lakers pocketed by an eloquent 43-21 (Highest score for Angelenos in a quarter all season).
The trend of the third quarter, after a spectacular triple on James’ horn, continued in the last twelve minutes, where the Lakers rowed with the wind in their favor to give themselves a break after a game of many scares and great irregularity but with the end happier.