Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rested Lakers, LeBron James take on Hornets

Rested Lakers, LeBron James take on Hornets

So while applause is in order for a turnaround from what the Lakers' record was just a year ago at this time, there is much room for improvement.

"We continue to fight our way through it, then we had injuries, a lot of new players, we're trying to figure it out, but the last two games we've been playing pretty well".

D'Antoni was perfectly happy to fulfill Harden's request, and the move could not have worked better for the Rockets.

Chris Paul was surprised when Harden asked for the break.

At one point during the game, several Lakers players including LeBron James seemingly silently protested and showed up the referees by placing hands behind their backs while on defense in the 3 quarter.

In protest of what LA believed to be very poor officiating in favor of Houston, the players made a decision to play defense with their hands behind their backs.

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There are obvious holes that need to be filled and while this is not the time to panic, the Lakers must find ways to clear these hurdles to go from just being a good team, to elite. James Harden himself had 19 tries from the line and converted on 18. "He can drive, step-back 3s and you (can't) give him easy points". Kyle Kuzma and Luke Walton received technical fouls voicing their frustration with foul calls.

However, one thing that has been made clear leading up to Friday is that the Lakers have no intentions of parting with any of their young core unless a superstar player becomes available between now and the trade deadline on February 7. The Pacers just got star guard Victor Oladipo back from injury while the 76ers are coming off a tough loss in overtime to the Nets.

What Lakers should have a bigger issue with is the horrid shooting they've done at the free-throw line.

PHOENIX - T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Phoenix Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks 99-89 on Thursday night.

The 50-point triple-double was the fourth his career, setting an National Basketball Association record.

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