After an opening night loss for the second straight year to the Clippers, the Lakers were going into a game that had a must-win feeling to it, even if it was only the second game of the season. A new challenge was awaiting the team as perhaps the future of the league in Luka Doncic was ready to battle the Lakers.
It was a very entertaining first half as it seemed both offenses were firing on all cylinders. The Lakers shot over 60% from the field in the game, including the first half, and it proved to be too much for the Mavericks to keep up with. They ended up winning the game 138-115 in a dominating win that put them back on track to winning ways, coming off an opening night loss.
LeBron and AD certainly did their part last night as they combined for 50 points. AD had 28 points including a dominant fourth quarter, while LeBron had 22 points in a night where he got the three-ball going a little bit. These numbers still seem low for those two as they are still slowly getting back into the flow after a very short offseason.
The story of the night was the new accusations of the Lakers and how they are getting better every game and adding more help to the main stars. Dennis Schroder started at PG yet again and he did not disappoint. He scored 18 points and added 6 assists to that. By the looks of things, his starting spot will not be threatened at all, especially if he keeps playing like this.
Another bright spot was the newly added, Montreal Harrell. He seems to be bringing this fire and intensity that the Lakers were missing at key points last year. He scored 22 points and added 7 rebounds in a night where he was too much to handle, especially in the paint for the Mavericks. Luka did what he could offensively, putting up 27 points on a 9-19 shooting night. There is a reason that Harrell won 6th man of the year last year, and the runner-up was Schroder. Despite the role these two players may have, they always find a way to contribute on both sides of the floor, and they were a big reason for the win last night.
The NBA season is obviously a very long one. There will be ups and downs for every almost every team this year; that’s why it’s important that the Lakers bounced back and secured this win last night. Dallas is still a young, hungry team that will be coming for the Lakers every chance they get this season, and for more to come. They will eventually get Porzingis back as well which will help both on offense and defense, but, for last night, there was nothing they could do. There’s still work to do for new signings in Gasol and Mathews as they only combined for four points last night. AD, after the game, stated that they are being asked to do a lot on defense, which is why the offense hasn’t picked up yet, but only time will tell. After all, we are only through two games out of 72 this year.
The Lakers (1-1) play Sunday night at home against the young, exciting T-Wolves at 10 pm EST.