Another fun game today as the Lakers protect their home court against the visiting Knicks. A better outcome than the last meeting in Madison Square Garden where the Knicks won in overtime. In that outing, Porzingis had 37 points but today the Lakers hold him to 17.
The Lakers stand-outs today are Julius Randle with another double double (27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and shooting an outstanding 65%), and Jordan Clarkson with his own double double (28 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds and shooting 63% from the field). Way to go, Jordan … 10 assists will get it done! Several other Laker players were key in the victory . . . Nance with his constant energy and intensity (13 points and 5 rebounds), Kuzma (who scored 15 points in just over 10 minutes before taking a seat after re-injuring his finger) and Lopez who put in 4 of 6 three-point shots! (welcome back, Brook, where you been?)
It was definitely a team win today. BI played but was not his usual self as he is still recovering from his ankle injury, but the other players stepped it up and came up with the victory, again minus Lonzo Ball.
I can’t talk about today’s win without mentioning Alex Caruso. He was very pivotal in today’s success, playing with pace and passing the ball (he had 8 assists). His experience with the South Bay Lakers is showing as he looks comfortable and in charge on the floor. Coach Walton, we want to see more of this young man!!!!