On Wednesday (NZT), the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 131–99 to finish first place in their NBA In-Season Tournament group. During the game, LeBron James scored his 39,000th point. James scored 17 points, had nine assists, and grabbed seven rebounds.
Anthony Davis had a double-double for the Lakers in the NBA’s first regular season game. He scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. The next month, they will host a knockout game to start the next round.
The Lakers beat Phoenix, Memphis, Portland, and Utah by scoring 74 points in four games. After beating the Jazz so badly, they have now won six of their last seven games.
After scoring 38,387 points last season, James passed “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time top scorer. He broke the” NBA record for most points ever scored by getting more than 39,000 early in the first quarter.
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“Both my teammates and coaches praised me, but I still haven’t had a chance to fully understand what that means,” stated James.
“This league has had a lot of great players and scorers since the beginning of time.” It always makes me feel great when I do something that no one else has ever done before. “For sure, it’s a crazy time.”
After this win, James got closer to his goal of becoming “the player with the longest run in NBA history. He had the” most points of any NBA player in the 21st season, with 26.4 points per game to begin the season.
They took out their two best players right before halftime, even though they had already built a 30-point lead in the third quarter. D’Angelo Russell scored twenty points and passed the ball eight times. Davis played for 29 minutes and made 11 of 14 shots. He also set up four goals. James was only in the game for 24 minutes.
“Being able to sleep in our own beds and not having to travel, that’s always good,” Lakers forward Anthony Davis said of their spot in the tournament. “One more step in the right direction to winning the Cup.” Is it the Cup of the Play? Who did you pick to win the NBA Finals? In that way? At least we’re getting closer now.
The top scorers of the season were Christian Wood (16 points) and Austin Reaves (19 points). This season, Utah is 1-6 away from home, while the Lakers are 7-1 at home.
The small Jazz have now lost six games in a row, putting them at 2-2 in the playoffs. 18 points were scored by Omer Yurtseven, which was the most in the season. John Collins got 15 points. Utah had a terrible 33% shooting rate in the first half.
While playing for the Lakers, Jordan Clarkson said, “They did a good job of just closing the floor on us, taking all our space, and making us take tough shots.” Clarkson scored seven points on three of nine shots.
The first wing Cam Reddish left the game after only five minutes because he hurt his hip. Because of this second injury, the Lakers now have nine fit players on their team.
Jarred Vanderbilt (left heel) and Jalen Hood-Schifino (right leg), both picked in the first round of the draft, have not played this season. Gabe Vincent hurt his left knee and will miss the next 16 games. He should be ready to play again after a month off.
Even so, the Lakers won the first half. Davis scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the second quarter to make their lead 23 points. The reason Utah was down 62–41 at halftime was that they only made 4–23 3-point shots.
This is what Utah Jazz coach Will Hardy said: “I think our lack of physicality, especially on offense, caused us to have very sloppy.”
“And having that happen while not making many shots makes it hard to play against that team in transition over and over again.” Several things worked together to make the game not very good.