The absence of two superstars didn’t seem to affect the Lakers as they revealed the depth of their firepower. Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder brought in the much-needed firepower to avoid a humiliating loss to Orlando Magic.
They pushed up the game just a notch to overcome the terrible second quarter. They finally prevailed 114-103, the upshot of their toughness and chemistry.
Harrell contributed in his initial DNP of this season. He had 18 points. Schroder added 21 more, 13 of them in the last quarter. He had 10 assists to his tally. It finally ended the streak of 3 losses and consolidated their position ahead of the Western Conference playoff. They remain ahead of the Mavericks.
It started well enough for the Los Angeles Lakers. They had a lead of 16 points in the first quarter. They still had 12 starting the next. But they slipped badly and lost 40-22 in the second. They were trailing at halftime.
Davis, Schroder, And Harrell Lead The Late Rally For Lakers
The Lakers came back strongly in the exciting second half with Harrell prominent until Schroder finally dominated towards the end. Harrell ended at 18 points, plus three rebounds, three steals. It gave the required boost after the forgettable second quarter.
Anthony Davis was also back to his normal game as the minutes’ restrictions were finally lifted. He added 18 points and 8 rebounds. It was just the ‘must win’ game he would want.
He also had his first three-pointer after his return. Andre Drummond too pitched in with 13 points plus 11 rebounds. The Lakers also outrebounded Magic Orlando with 44-28, dominating in the free-throw lane.
But injuries continue to plague the Lakers as Alex Caruso, the backup guard had to leave the game with back pain.
The Lakers are off to Washington next Wednesday against the Wizards. Bradley Beal leads them. They are then back home for 3 consecutive games, the first against Sacramento Kings next Friday.