Homework piles up on the Los Angeles Lakers desk. If on opening night they had to give in to Stephen Curry and company, last night they repeated the bad feelings of the debut against Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. The visitors dominated most of the game at will and stormed the Staples 105-115 after escaping in the second and third quarters.
CP3, with 23 points and 14 assists, celebrated the victory by reaching a unprecedented brand in history NBA: is the only player who has registered more than 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in the league.
“When I leave basketball, I want to have things that remind me of things like this,” said the player while hugging the ball from the game.
The Lakers will not remember the game, they even had them between teammates on the bench. In the second quarter, Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis they staged a heated debate in the band during a timeout and even came to blows.
After the meeting, both players took the iron away from the matter. “He’s my brother and my partner, we’re fine. We have already solved it. I don’t want anyone to make a problem of it, “said Howard.
The Lakers lost 32 points in the third quarter against the team that eliminated them from the playoffs in the first round last year. Despite the facelift, little seems to have changed things.
LeBron James added 25 points and Anthony Davis added 22 points to the futile effort of the locals, too lost in the intermediate rooms. The fight between Howard and Davis was not the only one, since Rajon rondo he also faced an amateur.
The comeback attempt in the last quarter stayed in makeup, although nothing could hide the deficiencies in defense and the disconnections in attack.
The Suns, much more compact and automated, with the same squad that led them to the NBA Finals, they dominated at will after a first quarter blank (26-23). In the second and third period, the visitors plugged 71 points and they took 30 points of difference to the locals.
Devin Booker, with 22 points, accompanied Chris Paul’s exhibition along with Mikal bridges, who contributed 21 points. The only positive note for LA, despite the eight consecutive losses they accumulate if we count the preseason, were the Russell Westbrook’s first green shoots: 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.