ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Lakers stored up their successful methods Sunday, downing the Atlanta Hawks 101-96 to increase their street victory streak to 14 and enhance their total report to 24-Three. However the evening left Lakers coach Frank Vogel pointing to potential cracks within the basis.
“We did not play an ideal sport tonight,” Vogel mentioned after his crew coughed up a season-high 22 turnovers and shot simply 5-for-31 on Three-pointers. “If we play that within the subsequent two video games, the way in which we did tonight, we’ll depart with a loss. It would not matter whether or not we win or lose, we need to have a development mindset.”
The win stored L.A. tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the league’s greatest mark, and a type of two video games Vogel warned about is a date with the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, in Milwaukee on Thursday. However first comes a showdown with an Indiana Pacers crew that’s 18-9 (11-Three at house) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday.
“I believe after the sport a variety of us (had been) upset at how we got here out and began the sport, we allowed the Hawks to run the rating up tonight,” Dwight Howard mentioned, alluding to how Atlanta twice reduce an eight-point, fourth-quarter lead for L.A. right down to a one-possession sport. “So we all know we have now to do higher however we perceive that there is likely to be some video games like this and we have now to search out different methods to win.”
There wasn’t a way of alarm within the Lakers’ visiting locker room at State Farm Enviornment, however slightly the sensation that they will and may play higher.
“We perceive that each sport creates its personal challenges,” LeBron James mentioned. “And if we do not come out with the mindset to attempt to win and execute the correct manner, we may very well be beat by anybody it doesn’t matter what the report. As a result of we all know once we play groups, it doesn’t matter what their data are — above .500, beneath .500 — they are going to give us their greatest shot and we received that tonight.”
James’ final level was echoed by a number of teammates.
“We knew this could be a giant sport for them, Tremendous Bowl Sunday was sort of the mindset going into the sport,” Lakers guard Rajon Rondo mentioned. “We at all times know that we get everybody’s greatest punch. So tonight give them credit score, they performed properly. However on the finish of the day like I mentioned it is all concerning the W and that is all we care about.”
Regardless of their dominant total report, Sundays have been powerful on the Lakers. Two of their three losses got here on a Sunday they usually have prevented a number of different shut calls just like the Hawks sport.
It got here a day after James flew to Ohio to see his son Bronny James Jr.’s Sierra Canyon Excessive Faculty basketball crew play towards his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary. James did his greatest to make up for any weariness from his journey or the Lakers’ Sunday woes by authoring a handful of high-energy performs on the courtroom.
He pretended to dam Rajon Rondo’s shot after Rondo seemed him off on a lob alternative on a quick break, he threw a no-look move by way of his legs behind him to a trailing Dwight Howard for a dunk, he threw down a number of dunks of his personal and in addition dialed in from lengthy distance from Three, hitting a 27-footer and a 36-footer.
“It simply retains everyone engaged and simply cheering for one another,” Kentavious Caldwell-Pope mentioned of James’ efforts. “We love one another. We love being round one another on and off the courtroom. It simply feels good to be round these guys and the brotherhood we have now.”
It wasn’t all fairly, however it was sufficient. Sufficient to get the win and sufficient to resist a turned proper ankle to Anthony Davis as properly, which Davis performed by way of.
“We’re resilient,” Davis mentioned. “And we will maintain combating. We gained in a number of methods, we had blowouts, we have now shut video games, and we at all times discover a approach to win, regardless of how powerful it’s. It is by no means simple to win on the street, regardless of the opposite crew’s report, however a win on the street is at all times powerful, however we do not take no groups without any consideration.”