The Los Angeles Lakers just wrapped up their first road trip of the season, going 3-0. We take a look at some takeaways from the trip.
The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. After losing opening night against the LA Clippers, the team has rattled off six consecutive wins to take over the No. 1 spot in the Western Conference. This is the best start the team has had since the Kobe Bryant days, pre-Achilles tear.
The last three victories for the Lakers were especially impressive because they all came on the road. Los Angeles went on their first road trip of the season and it was a successful one, as they went 3-0.
Things started against the Dallas Mavericks, there the Lakers had a lackluster start. They eventually picked things up, as Danny Green knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime. LeBron James was a big factor in getting there and took over in the extra period.
In Game 2, against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers started hot and carried that momentum throughout the game. Outside of an explosion from Dejounte Murray, who scored 14 consecutive points for San Antonio in the fourth quarter, the Lakers controlled this one. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope even provided some timely baskets in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
In the third game of the trip, the Lakers once again came out flat. A young Chicago Bulls team built momentum throughout the first quarter, going up by as many as 19 points. Once again, in the second half, the team turned things on and dismantled the Bulls. Los Angeles won the second half 70-47, including a 16-0 run to begin the fourth quarter, which got the Lakers the lead.
This was a strong first road trip for Los Angeles as they continue to iron out the wrinkles and build chemistry around injuries. While they went 3-0, it wasn’t all positive for the team. Check out our five takeaways from the Lakers’ first road trip of the season.