After a demolishing defeat in Game 1 against the Rockets, Lakers have evened the series this time. They grabbed a 117-109 second-game victory in a slick manner. Anthony Davis was quite impressive, dropping 34 points in the match. After a poor shooting performance in the previous matchup, LeBron James and AD pulled up their A-Game last night.
Lakers responded to James Harden and Co. in a classy fashion. The first loss had built up doubts amongst fans regarding Lakers’ ability to beat Rockets in these Semifinals. But as they progressed, Lebron’s team had complete control of the game.
Anthony Davis was shooting 15-of-24 from the field that eventually took his game to 34 points and 10 rebounds. LeBron was also on a roll with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists. The duo displayed a dominant skill-set out there, making the series 1-1.
James Harden was leading the scoreboard for Rockets with 27 points and Eric Gordon followed him with another 24. But Rockets’ point guard, Russell Westbrook put up a disappointing show with only 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Lakers planned to move Anthony Davis differently in Game 2
Lakers’ coach, Frank Vogel reflected on Davis’ game against Rockets in the post-match interview. They had a different strategy for him this time.
“He (AD) was terrific. [He] was trying to go quicker before double teams. We tried to get him the ball more on the move, that allowed him to catch and go. And defensively, he has the ability for us to stay home.”
Lakers coach Frank Vogel breaks down Anthony Davis’ performance pic.twitter.com/0MXZGHuUYz
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 7, 2020
Frank Vogel on one area of focus for the Lakers tonight as compared to Game 1: “We tried to get him the ball more on the move.” AD converted 15 of his 24 shots towards 34 points.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 7, 2020
Despite Lakers’ star duo scoring a combined 65 points, the points off the bench played a significant role for them. Markeiff Morris (16), Kyle Kuzma (13), and Rajon Rondo (10) added to the win when LeBron and AD were sent out to rest.
Since the time Rondo got back from his injury-plagued phase, he is getting the best on court. He added 10 points and 9 assists for the team in Game 2.
The series is going neck-to-neck. In a crucial Game 3, which of them will take a leap?
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