Basketball news: Charlotte Hornets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 117-114. Without LeBron or Davis, Westbrook took over the yellow franchise, but ran out of gas down the stretch and fans celebrated with Michael Jordan in the stands.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
With the best Russell Westbrook of the season, Los Angeles Lakers resisted with great dignity, but finally lost to Charlotte Hornets 117-114.
Highly questioned since he arrived in the summer, Westbrook stuck out his chest, gave the best and most aggressive version of himself and finished the game with 35 points, 12 of 23 shooting, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
The point guard was spectacular in the last quarter with 16 points that allowed the Lakers to imagine a comeback, but he missed a triple in the last second that would have given them the victory.
Russell Westbrook has 30 points in the SECOND HALF pic.twitter.com/WkaSlc6ALl
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 29, 2022
Carmelo Anthony with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and the young Austin Reaves with 16 points and 8 rebounds led a very solid Los Angeles bench that had a total of 57 points.
Without LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Malik Monk, the Lakers started the game very poorly and went into halftime with a score of 49-65.
By the third quarter they were losing by 20 points and they remembered late to row, although the 36-22 run scared the Hornetts.
WELCOME TO CHARLOTTE HORNETS BASKETBALL!!pic.twitter.com/mTqcVcIYyv
— LaMelo Ball Brasil?? (27-22) (@LaMeloBallBr) January 29, 2022
Unlike other humiliating defeats that have shaken their project for this course, Los Angeles Lakers were at least able to leave Charlotte with their heads held high after a highly commendable team performance in the final.
Charlotte Hornets, who had just broken the franchise scoring record on Wednesday against Indiana Pacers with 158 points, had good performances from Miles Bridges with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, Ish Smith -22 points and 5 assists- and Terry Rozier and LaMelo Ball with 20 points each.
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) January 29, 2022
The Hornets made 51.8% of their shots, did not lose their heads in the most delicate moments and dominated both the points in the paint -58 against 38- and the scoring on the fast break: 17 against 7.
Returning to Westbrook, he left behind his discreet first half of only 5 points and revolutionized the Los Angeles attack with 14 points in the third quarter.
Russell Westbrook Makes Michael Jordan "IN SHOCK" pic.twitter.com/b9DuUp3mUp
— Dave Techz (@techz_dave) January 29, 2022
Nothing could be further from reality, at least for the hyperactive Russel Westbrook: with 11 points in a row, including two triples, the point guard extended the Lakers’ dream until the last second, but in the end he couldn’t make the decisive triple.