2 takeaways from Lakers blowout win over Mavericks
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The Lakers got their second straight victory on Wednesday with a blowout win over the Mavericks. It was a 127-110 win over Dallas, with LA playing well on both ends of the floor.
Darvin Ham stuck with the opening night starting lineup for the second straight game with D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Taurean Prince, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. The lineup was very successful, with four of the five starters in double figures.
Davis led the way with 28 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one block on 12-17 shooting. James also had a great game with 25 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.
Reaves was also impactful with 14 points, seven assists, and a steal on 6-8 shooting.
Let’s move on to our two takeaways from the Lakers' blowout win over the Mavericks.
blowout. pic.twitter.com/vpOeQQjXEL— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) January 18, 2024
D’Angelo Russell has his rhythm back
Russell has been streaky this season but seems to have his rhythm back. The 27-year-old guard had 29 points on 11-20 shooting from the field and 5-7 from three. He has been playing at a high level offensively over the past few games, which has given LA a boost.
Russell has also upped his intensity on the defensive end of the floor, which has led to a more impactful play.
With Russell playing at this level, the Lakers should hold onto him due to his shooting and playmaking ability.
The Lakers have won 4 of their last 6 games - three of those coming against top five seeds in the West.— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) January 18, 2024
This team has what it takes. pic.twitter.com/lo8PY6IPGT
The Lakers don’t need to make a big trade
After winning four of their past six games, three of those wins against teams who are top five seeds in the Western Conference. The Lakers have been more consistent on both ends of the floor during this stretch, which has shown they don’t need to make a big trade.
A minor deal could provide LA with more depth for a stretch run. The role players have stepped up of late, which has helped the Purple and Gold put it together. Notably, Jarred Vanderbilt has been a pest on defense as an elite on-ball defender and rebounder.
The Lakers got the win and improved to 21-21 with a dominant win over the Mavericks. The LakeShow will look to continue their recent success with a home game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.