The Los Angeles Lakers are back on track. After letting the Golden State Warriors steal a win at the Staples Center on Monday, the Lakers locked inside the second half to secure a 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday.
The Lakers did not look synchronized out of the gate. In fact, for most of the game, it felt like they were lucky to lead, even though it was only a few points. But it was no luck that got them the win on Thursday; it was a couple of amazing performances from LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
When he came out of a disappointing performance against the Warriors on Monday, James was completely in rhythm on Thursday, scoring 32 points on 1
James’ production was especially valuable as he was on the floor with Wesley Matthews, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris and Montrezl Harrell. Vogel has approached this series several times this season, and it was only tonight that they found relative success, and that was because James was on fire. That said, it’s still not their best lineup, and the Lakers would be better off if the five did not see the pitch often.
Caldwell-Pope was also hot Thursday night, scoring 23 season highs while shooting a staggering 7-of-10 shooting behind the arc. For the season, Caldwell-Pope shoots 56.8% behind the arc, which is only number two in the NBA for Seth Curry. He’s burning and it does not look like he’s doing it to cool down soon.
The Lakers tried to downplay this matchup by going into it, but it’s clear that both teams stood up to this one, and as a result, it was comfortable. The Lakers will try to start a new winning streak as they head south to face the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
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