LOS ANGELES – Lakers claimed a winning record for the first time this season and hit the hawks 107-106 at…
LOS ANGELES – Lakers claimed a winning record for the first time this season and hit the hawks 107-106 at home using game-playing games from both LeBron James and Tyson Chandler in the last 15 seconds. Here are three quick thoughts from Sunday’s victory, as the Lakers move to 7-6 and into West 8th seed thanks to a three-player winning line.
After building a 15-point third quarter, LA threw everything and then a few, behind four points in the last five minutes of the match. While a sleepy Staples Center became alive when James drove hard to the angle to earn a couple of free throws, the crowd stood when the four-time MVP’s late match with free throw lasted.
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A James, who has missed critical free throws several times this season, missed both shots to seemingly give the youngsters and build up Hawks a chance to steal a road win. In the distortion of the ball, L.A came up with an offensive return and James came up with the game-winning points and stumbled to the weak side for an apparent dunk. He celebrated his right moment by hanging on the rim, his body loosened with relief, as both teams went to the bench for timeout.
James finished 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists, but he shot only 1
-5 in the fourth quarter before he dunk and missed both his four-quarter freeze trials.
As a caption on James night, it is worth pointing out that he also had a hand or foot in another important turning point. With less than two minutes to play, he stretched out to deny a pass that created a quick play for the Lakers. Claiming that James did not whistled for a kickball that would have stopped playing, Hawks guard Kent Bazemore shouted at the official and got a technical foul with the score tied at 104. Kyle Kuzma paid in the technical free throw which helped give LA with Tyson Chandler selling the win
Purchased by the Suns and signed by Lakers earlier this week, LA native Tyson Chandler has been wasted without getting to the home crowd. Lakers are now 3-0 after signing the veteran center, who has looked good behind the JaVale McGee starter as a lob-finishing and rim protection presence.
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Chandler, 36, made his biggest brand yet under the last possession of regulation and went over to help Hawks rookie Trae Young drove into the color. As the last few seconds collapsed, Chandler extended for his third block in the game, wondering a smooth conversation. Time went on before Atlanta could come up with another potential game-winning attempt.
Lakers and Hawk’s both donned black t-shirts with the word “ENOUGH.” On the front and the names of the victims from a recent shoot in nearby thousand oaks, calif., On the back. Before the pre-game introductions, the Lakers also held a moment of silence and read the high names of the 12 victims who were shot and killed at the Border Line Bar and Grill. Clippers and Bucks both had similar shirts during a Saturday dinner game at the Staples Center.