Brooklyn Rolls Past King James & Lakers

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     The Brooklyn Nets proved to be too much for Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, winning their sixth straight game by the score of 115-110 at the Barclays Center. After losing eight straight and their star player Caris Levert to injury during that stretch, Brooklyn has turned the page and rolling. They haven’t seen a streak of this length since the 2014-2015 season.

     On this night it was D’Angelo Russell with the dagger, not Lebron. Brooklyn entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point advantage. The Lakers pushed for a comeback, coming within three points with less than a minute left. But the ex-Laker would have none of it, sinking a game-winning three-pointer with 22-seconds left in the game to send his old team packing.

     Even though it was Russell who put this one away, it was a true team effort by Brooklyn led by its guards. Russell led the Nets with a double-double, 22 points and a career tying 13 assists while Spencer Dinwiddie continued his stellar play dropping in 18 points. Rondae Hollis Jefferson muscled his way to 17 points and eight rebounds while Joe Harris poured in 19 points. It was a quiet game for Jarrett Allen, but he did his part protecting the rim with a monstrous rejection of Lebron James to set the tone early in the first quarter.

     For the Lakers, Lebron James led all scorers with 36 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, just shy of a triple-double, bouncing back from his lowest scoring game of the season a few nights ago against the Washington Wizards. Kyle Kuzma chipped in a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds and Lonzo Ball contributed with 23 points. This was their third game in four nights on the road thus fatigue might have played a part in this one.

     Brooklyn sits in the tenth seed in the Eastern Conference two games out of a playoff spot and looking up. They travel to face the Chicago Bulls tonight on a back-to-back. Even though the Bulls share the league’s worst record, Brooklyn has had problems in back-to-backs. The Bulls present an opportunity to change their fortunes in that regard. After the Bulls it’s back to Brooklyn for three games with a chance to inch closer to .500.

     The Lakers are happy to head back home after a poor four-game road trip, going 1-3. Next up is two home games over the weekend, facing the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday and Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday before a holiday showdown with NBA Champions Golden State Warriors on Christmas day.

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