Winners of the Bucks this night behind in particular a huge Anthony Davis, the Lakers got their best win of the season. But in the eyes of LeBron James, this success means even more: the King believes that it is simply the best match of the trio he forms with AD and Russell Westbrook.
130-127 Lakers, with two minutes left in the fourth quarter. Grayson Allen sends a pass to the comeback Khris Middleton behind the 3-point line, but the latter fails to catch the ball. Russell Westbrook throws himself on the ground facing the back of the Bucks to snatch the swell, serves LeBron James who goes on the counterattack, before the latter offers a caviar to Anthony Davis for the dunk. +5 Lakers, Milwaukee will not recover.
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— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 3, 2022
Difficult to make more symbolic than this action.
Last night in Milwaukee, the Lakers gave everything to win an XXL victory on the floor of the second best team in the East, under the impetus of the big performances ofAnthony Davis (44 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks, 0 turnover), LeBron James (28 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals, 0 turnover) and Russell Westbrook off the bench (15 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 0 turnover). The kind of performance the star-studded Los Angeles trio no doubt imagined when they first got together in the summer of 2021.
“Tonight is probably the best game we could play with the three of us together on the pitch, and on both sides of the floor. We were all in a good rhythm. We all felt that we were impacting the game throughout the match. »
– LeBron James, via ESPN
The best game of the LeBron – AD – Westbrook trio? It’s possible. At the same time, the bar was not very high given the big galleys of the Lakers since last season and the failed integration of Brodie. And then with the many sores of the King and AD, it’s not as if the three had played so many matches together, which obviously complicated things to build real automatisms and find a balance in this not really complementary association on the paper.
LeBron James says that he feels like the win over the Bucks tonight was the best game that him, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis have played together since LA traded for Westbrook.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 3, 2022
But for some time now, a positive dynamic has settled in the City of Angels. Positive dynamic symbolized by an Anthony Davis who has regained his superstar level by playing on position 5, by a Russell Westbrook who has accepted a role of sixth man in which he performs, and a LeBron James who has returned well from his last absence.
All this we saw last night on the floor of the Bucks, where the trio managed to find themselves well offensively without losing a single ball. We’ve known for a long time that LeBron and AD work well together, but the Westbrook/Davis two-man game also shows some interesting things, and Brodie connected with the King multiple times tonight for easy field goals. Typically the kind of sequences that make the Lakers fanbase smile. And when you add to that the contribution of Lonnie Walker IV and the various role players who have walked the floor of the Fiserv Forum (Troy Brown Jr., Pat Beverley, Austin Reaves, Wenyen Gabriel), you get your benchmark success of the season.
Even if their schedule has been lenient in recent days, the Lakers are now on a good series of seven wins in nine games, enough to get their heads above water after a slammed start to the season. Are LeBron James and his friends finally launched?