The combined 62 points of LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 to tie the series 1-1.
The Los Angeles Lakers found their tempo on Game 2 after being defeated by the Houston Rockets in the last game. LeBron James finished the game with a near triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Anthony Davis led the Lakers squad in points chipping in 34 as well as 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The rest of the supporting cast was able to chip in.
The Lakers second unit went to work
During the first few minutes of the game, both JaVale McGee and Dion Waiters suffered injuries and were not able to return to the game. In addition, no timetable has been reported to determine if they can play in the next games.
In addition to the spectacular performance of the dynamic duo, the bench also stepped up.
This matchup has become interesting as well with Rajon Rondo getting comfortable in his role in Game 2 as he also scored 10 points and 9 assists almost getting a double-double.
Russel Westbrook “disappeared” on Game 2
As for the Houston Rockets, it looks like James Harden’s other half didn’t play well on this game. The 27 point performance from Harden wasn’t enough to propel the Rockets to victory.
Westbrook only scored 10 points shooting 4 out of 15 from the field despite being the top rebounder for their team contributing 13 rebounds. He went early into foul trouble as well during the second half.
Frank Vogel shouldn’t review this play because it would send Russ to the bench with 5 fouls. He wants Russ on the floor as much as possible pic.twitter.com/a8VY9Nr2XE
— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) September 7, 2020
Looking at the team stat sheet, the Houston Rockets shot 10 more 3-pointers compared to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Most of the Rockets starting five shot almost 50% from three except for Westbrook, who only got 1 out of 7 from the arc.
LeBron set a strong early tone in the 4th quarter, and the Lakers stepped it up on defense, but the truth is, the Rockets just started missing open threes. Lakers should thank their lucky stars for Russell Westbrick.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 7, 2020
If the Houston Rockets want a chance in having a Game 3 revenge, Russel Westbrook needs to go back to slashing to the basket instead of trying to join Harden and the squad in their 3-point barrage.
For the Los Angeles Lakers, it is not enough that LeBron and AD continue these types of stellar performances throughout the series. Their supporting cast needs to be consistent as well.
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