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FSM Essential Recap: Lakers vs Nets – Game 13

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Los Angeles Lakers (3-10) | Brooklyn Nets (6-8)


The Lakers snapped their five-game losing streak after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 116-103 from the stellar play from Anthony Davis


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As expected, LeBron James did not play due to a left adductor strain. Darvin Ham said there’s precautionary thinking involved with James being out, but if all goes well this week, he could return for the next game this Friday against Detroit. The Lakers could also get Dennis Schröder and Thomas Bryant back if their evaluations go well.

The Lakers’ starters against Brooklyn were Patrick Beverley, Austin Reaves, Lonnie Walker IV, Troy Brown Jr., and Anthony Davis.

There was no Ben Simmons or Kyrie Irving for the Nets. Seth Curry was also out due to left ankle injury management.

Davis got things started off by scoring a contested hook shot. Then Beverley was able to draw the charging call on Edmond Sumner. Walker IV kicks things off for himself as he drains the three off a drive and kick from Beverley. Kevin Durant tried to answer with an inside score but was blocked by Beverley, leading to another three by Walker IV.

Davis gets the offensive rebound and throws it down, totaling eight points and four rebounds through seven minutes of play. Westbrook would fake a shot attempt but went back up to drill the three in the corner over Royce O’Neale.

To end the first, Walker IV leads the Lakers with 11 points. Davis had 8 points and eight rebounds. The highlight of the quarter was Durant sizing up Westbrook, spinning away from him, and Westbrook blocking his shot from behind. The Lake Show won the rebounding and free throw battles early, Lakers 26, Nets 22.

Heading into the second quarter, Yuta Watanabe gets the layup inside, but Reaves counters with a three. Westbrook then throws a dime to Wenyen Gabriel, and Gabriel gets the poster dunk over Joe Harris as the Lakers went on a 9-5 run to open the second and lead by 8 points at 35-27.

Patty Mills scores a difficult layup, but Gabriel answers with a three of his own. As neither offense was great early, the Lakers still had 5 made threes to Brooklyn’s one, and that was a big difference, 5-13 for the Lakers and 1-13 for Brooklyn.

Beverley found Davis in the paint, and he was able to slam it home. Then, Reaves scored an easy mid-range jumper, as the Lake Show was outscoring the Nets 18-9 in the second.

Davis continues to dominate early as he posts up but throws a dime to Reaves, who drills the three, Davis is then able to fight for the offensive board and tips the ball back in, but Davis then picks up his third foul on an illegal screen call.


At halftime, the Lakers led 55-46. Davis had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Westbrook had 8 points, 5 assists and 3 turnovers. Walker IV had 11 points. The Lake Show were making their threes at 6-15, 40%, they were taking care of the ball with only 5 turnovers, and making their free throws at 9-11, 81.8%.


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Reaves lobbed it up to Davis to kick the third quarter off. Brown Jr. beats the shot clock on the inbound pass from Westbrook. There was a lot of standing around for this lakers offense in this one, but Westbrook found a cutting Brown Jr. for the easy layup.

Davis had already matched his second-half scoring average in the first 6 minutes of the 3rd quarter, as he was now up to 24 with 13 boards (6 offensive). Coming into this game 1st and 2nd half splits for Davis were 14.5 points, 56.4% field goals in the first half, and 8.3 points, 47.1% field goals in the second half. He had 16 points in the 1st half but had it going in the 3rd, with 8 points in 6 minutes already. He’s 10 of 16 for the game.

Davis hits the fadeaway jumper over Durant, as at this point, he was yet to miss in the third quarter. Then Westbrook throws it up where only Davis can get it, and he’s got another dunk.

Davis did not settle at all, with 18 of his 19 field goal attempts coming in the paint. He made his only jumper and is 11 for 18 inside towards 28 points (4 of 4 FTs). The Nets had nothing for him inside, and it got worse as Nic Claxton was ruled out for the remainder of the game due to a left eye contusion.

The Nets weren’t done yet, though, as Durant blocked Westbrook and came down on the offensive end, and converted the four-point play as he was fouled by Kendrick Nunn on the made three. Then, Durant hit another three as Brooklyn went on an 11-0 run. But Davis was able to stop the bleeding by hitting a jumper off his own.

O’Neale hits the three to end the third, cutting the Lakers’ lead to just 80-77 and it was a 16-3 Brooklyn run to end the 3rd. The Lakers were up 16 with 3:30 left in the 3rd, as third quarters continued to be the Lake Show’s Achilles heel. Davis was cooking with 31 points on 13-of-22 shooting and 14 rebounds. Walker IV had 16 points. Westbrook was just 3-of-14 and had four turnovers, but he’d also add ten assists.

Westbrook found Gabriel for the layup to begin the fourth. Then Westbrook threw down a massive dunk, reminiscent of his years with the Thunder. Harris answers that emphatic jam with a three. Brown Jr. drills the three over Durant off a pass from Westbrook, his 12th assist of the night. Westbrook was responsible for all 9 points so far in this quarter, four on his own and five on assists to Gabriel and Brown Jr.

A solid pull-up by Reaves, and the Lakers were still up by 6. Walker IV hits the three off the ridiculous Reaves assist, Davis follows with a putback dunk, and the Lakers have pulled back ahead by double figures as the Lakers went on a 20-6 scoring run after Reaves made a three.

However, this was all she wrote for Brooklyn, as the Lakers got a much-needed win to improve to 3-10. The final score read, Lakers 116, Nets 103.


Key Takeaways


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Davis had 37 points, his most points in a game since the 2020-21 season, and 18 rebounds, ten of which were offensive rebounds, his career-high. Westbrook posted 14 points, six rebounds, and 11 assists. Reaves got the start and was solid, scoring 15 points on 3-4 shooting from three. Walker IV put up 25 points on 4-5 from three.

Durant was really the only one getting things going for the Nets, as he totaled 31 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. The Lakers held the Nets to just 25.9% 7(7-27) from three while shooting 40.7% (11-27) themselves.

Ham told reporters after the game that he told Davis not to settle tonight and that his ability to put pressure on the defense all night helped the Lakers get to the free throw line, “He’s been a monster. He’s carried us and he did so again tonight… I’m happy for him.”


The Lakers will stay at home and take on the Detroit Pistons. They’ll face off Friday, November 18th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena. The game will be available on Spectrum SportsNet, NBA League Pass, Bally Sports Indiana, and Bally Sports Detroit.

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