LeBron James looked practically unstoppable, the Los Angeles Lakers now have the best record in the NBA, and the Atlanta Hawks will want to leave Tinseltown as soon as possible.
Those were the takeaways from the last game of Monday (AEDT) NBA action, with the Lakers cruising to a 122-101 win over the Hawks, leading for the entire affair as they improved to 11-2 on the season.
With Kobe Bryant sitting courtside, James finished with 33 points, seven rebounds, and 12 assists, doing as he pleased as his Lakers stifled the Hawks with a smothering defensive effort.
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The Hawks were already coming off a game against the Clippers on Sunday where they lost 150-101, and Monday’s loss to the Lakers means the young group just gave up 272 points over their two fixtures in Los Angeles.
Trae Young managed to finish with 31 points and seven assists, but the Hawks were marred by their 17 turnovers, which the Lakers were able to turn into easy points.
At 11-2, the Lakers are now atop the Western Conference, with Frank Vogel’s team possessing the same record as the Boston Celtics, who lead the East.
Anthony Davis didn’t have his best game in the purple and gold, posting just 14 points, but the Lakers had double-digit scoring nights from seven players; Kyle Kuzma finishing with 17 points off the bench, while Rajon Rondo had 15 points of his own.