LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers challenged the Houston Rockets, and the king blocks Russell Westbrook for a win.
The Lakers lost Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday, but won the second game. The Rockets played a really good game and their speed impressed LeBron and his team. Magic Johnson even warned the Lakers to pay close attention to the Rockets and their style. Stopping James Harden was a priority.
Late in the fourth quarter, LeBron blocked Westbrook and fans went crazy.
Houston finished Game 1 with a 112-97 record. It was impressive and eye-opening for both teams.
“It’s kind of like in the early 2000s [with] the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Greatest Show on Turf,’” LeBron said of the win. “People always said how you’d scout them, scout them, and scout them until they got on the field and saw Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Marshall Faulk, Az[-Zahir] Hakim and all those guys. And they were like, ‘OK, we need to play them again because there’s no way you can simulate that speed.’”
LeBron blocks Westbrook for the win
In Game 1, Westbrook had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Harden had a 36-point night. LA couldn’t handle this but they seem to be using the first game of each series to build a better winning formula.
“They’re a really good team. So, we had to get off to a really good start,” Harden said of the Lakers. “We did that. We were just competing, competing, until we figured out what they were doing. We just tried to keep attacking. If you give them opportunities to play slow and play into their hands, they have the advantage. So, we wanted to keep our pace up, and defensively, be active; make those guys work as hard as we can and make everything tough for them.”
Well, LeBron and his teammates have to win a few more games and move on to the Finals. It’s a big battle for everyone and players are giving their best.
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.