The Los Angeles Lakers achieved their first victory (113-129) in the capital of California after the death of Kobe Bryant. And they did it led by a triple double of LeBron James (15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) in a huge choral performance that ended the Sacramento Kings. The game was a constant tribute to the Lakers legend.
The Kings set up a memorial wall with images of Kobe and his daughter Gianna in one of the main entrances to the Golden 1 Center and the followers flooded it with flowers and messages before starting the game. Inside the pavilion, in the videomarker, a video of both playing basketball was shown. Then, numbers 8 and 24 appeared on the court and the escort’s voice silenced the pavilion. The scenes were touching. “We are prepared for this to happen every night because of the legacy he has left. We are prepared as a team and as an organization and we will continue to overcome it. It is our obligation to go out there to play with a winning mentality because that is what he would have wanted, ”said LeBron.
The night after the first game after Kobe’s death was an exhibition of the Lakers. LeBron found the usual help of Anthony Davis (21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists), but they all worked: Rondo (13 points), Bradley (19), Kuzma (12), Caldwell-Pope (15) … The victory, in addition, was a historical record, since it is the first time in the history of the League that a team adds 15 victories at home against Western teams. That allows the Lakers to dominate their Conference with a balance of 37 wins and 11 losses, the second best in the NBA. “I know we were doing well on the road, but doing something that had never been done in this League is very special,” said Frank Vogel, an Angelian coach.
The day left a new scoring exhibition by Damian Lillard. The base of the Blazers, protagonist yesterday in the victory of his team against the Lakers with 48 points, scored 51 against the Jazz. 99 points in the last two games adds one of Kobe’s favorite players. Willy Hernangómez could not avoid the defeat of the Hornets in San Antonio despite his 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists.
Results: Indiana Pacers, 85-New York Knicks, 92; Orlando Magic, 89-Miami Heat, 102; Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-Golden State Warriors, 131; Washington Wizards, 113-Brooklyn Nets, 107; Dallas Mavericks, 123-Atlanta Hawks, 100; Boston Celtics, 116-Philadelphia Sixers, 95; San Antonio Spurs, 114-New Orleans Hornets, 90; Sacramento Kings, 113-Los Angeles Lakers, 129 and Portland Trail Blazers, 124-Utah Jazz, 107.