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NBA Notebook: Lakers suffer successive defeats

The Los Angeles Lakers suffered their second successive defeat on the road following last night’s loss to Detroit Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena.

The NBA defending champions had not lost on the road this season but were defeated for the first time on Wednesday night by Philadelphia 76ers by just a point (107-106).

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Frank Vogel’s side who were missing the services of Anthony Davies due to a bruised quad succumbed to their second defeat as a spirited Pistons side edged them out 107-92.

It marked the third time that Davies had missed a game for Lakers, with the side going on to win those two games but the situation was different in the third as his side failed to deliver without him.

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Lakers failed to exert their dominance in most of the quarters and won just one out of the four quarters. It is Pistons who emerged victorious in the first quarter with a 34-31 lead before Lakers led 22-27 in the second quarter before the break.

Pistons then secured victory in the second half by winning the two remaining quarters. They won the third by 15-14 and the fourth 25-14.

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Perhaps the most positive aspect of Lakers’ defeat is the new milestone that was reached by LeBron James.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, LeBron James is the 3rd Lakers player over the last 25 seasons to score 20+ points in the first half of 3 straight games, joining Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. He is the first Lakers player to do this since Kobe in 2012.

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James dropped 22 points, made 7 rebounds and 10 assists in his 36 minutes for his side. His point tally was equaled by Kyle Kuzma who also recorded 10 rebounds but no assist on the night.

In the other match ups for Wednesday night, Hoston Rockets who have added free agent center Norvel Pelle to their roster defeated Portland Trail Blazers 104-101 while Cippers edged out Heat 105-109.

NBA results ( Thursday, 28th January 2021)

•Rockets 104 -101 Blazers

• Heat 105 -109 Clippers

• Pistons 107-92

• Suns 114-93 Warriors

 

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