If their win against the Hawks on Friday night is anything, the Lakers seem to be turning.
A comfortable win of 134: 118 is the team’s best fourth victory of the season in a row, pushing the Lakers to 21:19 for the season, the first time there have been two games over 0.500 since December 17th.
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Five players scored a double-digit number for the Lakers, as the team beat 17 threes with an efficiency of 41.5 percent, both big jumps from their seasonal averages of 12.1 and 35.1 percent. In defense, they recorded 14 thefts against one of the league’s best attacks and scored 28 points out of 15 Hawks turns.
All without Anthony Davis, so there was something to celebrate about the Lakers victory.
LeBron James continues at a superhuman pace
In 36 minutes of playing time, LeBron James crammed 32 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, four thefts and three blocks from field 13 of 24 into the statistics table.
Would you believe these are the numbers recorded by a player who was just 37 years old? Well, the king makes it believable. According to StatmusJames is the first player since 1975 to have recorded at least 30/8/8/3/3 over the age of 34.
Thanks to this game, the Lakers have improved to an undefeated 5-0 when playing in the middle an average of 127 points per match. It’s not just numbers, James is still having fun with some star winches.
While publishing spectacular statistics, he attributes the recent team success to the boys who return to the team.
“It’s so simple … We’re starting to see what we have because the boys are in the lineup,” James said after the game.
Malik Monk exploded for the best season
Malik Monk is enjoying his best season with the Lakers in his fifth year in the league, especially recently as an appetizer.
Against the Hawks, a 6-foot-3 guard exploded for a season-high total of 29 points, with 21 of those coming from behind the arc.
This match moved his seasonal average to a career high of 12.1 points per game. He also recorded the highest career efficiency of 48.1 percent from the field and reached a career high of 2.1 3 points per game at a clip of 39.7, which is not far from his career high of 40.1 percent.
Flashes of the Horton-Tucker promise
After some really tough matches during the month of December, Talen Horton-Tucker put together a great match against the Hawks.
He scored 21 points in 30 minutes, including a personal 10-0 run at the end of the third quarter, when the Lakers actually began to pull away from the Hawks. Along with that, he also scored five assists in shooting 7 of 13 from the field.
Team game on both sides
37 assists. 14 thefts and only eight turns. These are the numbers that often lead to victory.
As with their three-point shooting, these numbers are a huge step in the right direction from the team’s seasonal averages – 24.6 assists (10th best), 8.4 (7th best) and 15.3 transformations (26th).
“We know that if we don’t beat ourselves, it will be hard to beat us,” head coach Frank Vogel said after the match. The Lakers give an average of 17.2 points in turnover, which is 25th place in the league.
The challenge for the team now will be to maintain this standard of play, and a big test awaits it on Sunday as it hosts the Memphis Grizzlies, who have won seven in a row.