NBA fans keep talking about the Los Angeles Lakers beating the Utah Jazz and this was probably the best game of the season. Lakers players were able to defeat a top seed and that sure means a thing. Let’s not forget that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are still on the sidelines. Head coach Frank Vogel works with a strong core of role players and they all elevated their game. Seeing them step up was a big deal for the Lakers nation. The best has yet to come.
LA hangs on to the No.5 spot in the West. They added another victory to the chart by shutting down the Jazz.
Dennis Schroder had one of the best performances of the regular season. He finished the night with 25 points and 8 assists. He also surprised everyone with his clutch buckets down the stretch and helped the team force overtime.
The German native got a lot of help from big man Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The former Cleveland Cavaliers big man scored 27 points and KCP hit 25. These three led the team to a nice win and they did beat the top seed in the Western Conference.
Lakers had no problem beating the Jazz
Schroder praised Drummond who jumped straight into the starting lineup. He also delivered a big warning to other NBA teams.
“He’s a big key as well. Defensively if he locks in, he can be an X-factor for us as well,” Schroder told Mike Trudell of Spectrum Sports. “Offensively he’s putting so much pressure on the rim. When AD and LeBron come back, it’s going to be really scary because he’s putting so much pressure on the rim. You have to take that advantage.”
Drummond showed the Lakers that they were right to bring him in LA. He offered a spark on both ends of the game against Utah. Drummond’s 27 points were a new high with the Lakers. He also provided eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. The big man went 10 for 15 from the field and hit seven of his eight free-throw attempts.
“I think tonight was a good game for all of us,” Drummond said during his postgame videoconference with reporters. “For me personally, I think it was a pretty solid game. I just played my game. I’m just out there to help this team the best way I can. As a unit, we clicked on all cylinders.”