Shorthanded Lakers ambush Nets on the road

Ben McLemore #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three level shot within the fourth quarter towards the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Heart on April 10, 2021 within the Brooklyn borough of New York Metropolis. Elsa/Getty Pictures/AFP (Picture by ELSA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Pictures by way of AFP)

The Los Angeles Lakers entered a prime-time matchup lacking 5 rotational gamers and misplaced one other early within the second half.

Didn’t matter.

The energetic Lakers used ball strain, sticky protection and good perimeter capturing to run previous the Brooklyn Nets 126-101 on the highway Saturday evening. The Lakers corralled one steal and posted 4 blocks, forcing 19 Brooklyn turnovers whereas changing these into 25 factors.

The Lakers additionally held the Nets to 43.8 % capturing from the sector and 101 complete factors, 18 beneath their league-leading common of 119 a contest.

In his second sport again from a hamstring harm, Kevin Durant led the Nets with 22 factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists in 24 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge added 12 factors.

Level guard Dennis Schroder carried the short-handed Lakers early, scoring all 19 factors within the first half. Even an injured tailbone suffered whereas taking a cost on a baseline drive by Brooklyn’s Blake Griffin couldn’t sluggish Schroder, who remained within the sport.

Los Angeles surprisingly jumped out to an 18-7 lead on the power of 54.5 % capturing from the sector within the first quarter. The Lakers led by as many as 11 factors within the opening quarter.

L.A. performed with out 5 of their rotational gamers resulting from harm. LeBron James missed his eleventh straight sport due to a proper, high-ankle sprain. Anthony Davis missed his twenty fifth sport in a row resulting from a proper calf pressure.

Together with these two, Kyle Kuzma (proper calf pressure), Marc Gasol (hamstring) and Wesley Matthews (proper Achilles soreness) had been dominated out earlier than the sport on Saturday.

Predictably, the Nets reeled the Lakers in throughout a second quarter led by Kyrie Irving’s 18 factors within the first half. They grabbed a four-point lead with simply over three minutes left. Nonetheless, the Lakers closed out robust and took a 61-58 lead into halftime.

With 9:41 left within the third quarter and the Lakers up 4 factors, the sport produced some fireworks. Schroder and Irving had phrases throughout an inbounds play, which led to a double-technical foul and each getting ejected quickly after for jawing at one another and the officers.

Irving needed to be escorted off the ground and threw his No. 11 jersey into the stands as he exited to the locker room.

Whereas Schroder had it going early, Andre Drummond took over within the second half, ending with a double-double of 20 factors and 11 rebounds. The Lakers promptly went on a 26-15 run to complete out the quarter with a 15-point lead, and the Nets wilted from there.

Ben McLemore totaled 17 factors on 5 of 10 capturing from the 3-point line for the Lakers. Markieff Morris added 14 factors, whereas Kentavious Caldwell-Pope contributed 14 factors and 5 assists.

Talen Horton-Tucker completed with 14 factors and 11 assists in his second begin of the season. Montrezl Harrell totaled 10 factors and eight rebounds.

The Lakers completed with seven gamers in double figures and shot 19 of 34 (56 %) from the 3-point line.

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