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L.A. cruises past the Nets

L.A. cruises past the Nets

Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ dismal loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday in which they scored a season-low 90 points, some wondered how they would respond. They faced a Brooklyn Nets team on Sunday that is virtually out of the running for a play-in tournament spot, but had blown them out 130-112 back in January.

Los Angeles has had trouble all season long putting away inferior teams. But on this day, they took care of business in a satisfactory manner.

The Lakers came out with a vengeance, scoring the game’s first 17 points and taking a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. They had 11 fast-break points in the period, and it was one of the best all-around quarters of basketball they have played all season.

They took a 67-44 lead at halftime, but they committed 11 turnovers in the third quarter after they had just five in the first half, which caused their lead to dwindle to 11 going into the final period. However, L.A. reasserted itself afterward and achieved a 116-104 victory.

The team shot 54.5% from the field while holding the Nets to an accuracy of just 42.4%. With a 42-33 record, the ninth-place Lakers are now just one game behind the eighth-seeded Sacramento Kings, who will play the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening.

Davis scored 13 points in the first quarter and 20 in the first half on 8-of-10 shooting, as he got several easy baskets off assists from his teammates. His early excellence was a major factor behind the Lakers burying Brooklyn as much as they did.

He finished the game with 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. He seemed to move around more freely than he did on Friday when he was coming off missing L.A.’s previous game due to a hyperextended knee.

Hachimura was a little more consistent throughout the game than he has often been. He had 12 first-half points on 5-of-7 shooting, and overall, he scored 20 points on 8-of-12 from the field. He also helped out on the boards with 10 rebounds while chipping in four assists, making this the third time in the last four games he has had double-digit rebounds.

Reaves was somewhat quiet offensively on Sunday. In 35 minutes, he scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting while missing all four of his 3-point attempts. But he also grabbed seven rebounds and dished off six assists while adding one steal.

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