The Lakers finally snapped their eight-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. Julius Randle led the team with 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting and scored nine of his points in the first quarter. D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young also had solid games scoring 15 points each, while Lou Williams dropped in 18. The best part about the win was that they defeated the 76ers convincingly, 100-89. The Lakers undoubtedly have more promise than the lowly Sixers so it was great to see them beat a team they should have.
About halfway through their seven-game road trip, it was important the Lakers ended their slump before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers. They gave the Cavs all they could and put up an impressive 1st quarter outscoring Cleveland 31-26. It didn’t take long for the Cavs to wake up, however, outscoring the Lakers by eight in the 2nd quarter to go up by three at the half.
BI cuts backdoor for the alley oop slam. #LakeShow
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 18, 2016
L.A. put up a good fight and kept the game as close as possible only losing the 3rd quarter by three points and the 4th by five. Their effort wasn’t good enough to complete a comeback or pull off the upset as the Cavaliers just had too much firepower and too many answers for the Lakers’ runs.
Young was the leading scorer for the Lakers with 32 points on 12-for-19 shooting and Jordan Clarkson came off the bench dropping in 20. However, the Cavs’ big three were too much to handle as all three scored more than 20 points to lead Cleveland to victory.
One thing is for sure, the Lakers put up a good fight but still aren’t strong enough to upset the elite teams on a regular basis. Their next three games are winnable but they must buckle down on defense and stop their opponents from scoring in the 100s. If they learn from their last win and latest loss they should have enough confidence to go on a three-game win streak before heading home.