After the Houston Rockets came out firing and spun out the Los Angeles Lakers with their small-ball speed in Game 1, the matchup evened itself out with Game 2. The Lakers shuffled their roster and took control of the game and never looked back in their 117-109 win.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James were aggressive all night who helped the Lakers speed out to a 21-point first-half lead. However, that lead vanished in the third when Houston splashed 69.2% from deep to give the Lakers a little scare and take a 92-90 lead heading into the final frame. That’s expected from this Houston team, who are well equipped to make speedy runs as they did in the third. However, Davis transformed into the team’s anchor in the fourth, and steered the ship to victory.
It wasn’t just the two LA superstars that performed well for the night. The whole team contributed and scored incredibly well on the floor. The Lakers shot 56.6% from the field and are now 31-0 this season when they shoot 50% or better. Another interesting stat comes from the resurfaced Rajon Rondo, who made his presence be recognized and provided a game-changing performance. LA made 11 of 15 shots off Rondo’s passes to create 28 points for the team. He also made significant contributions on defense, racking up five steals and constantly pressuring Houston’s guards.
The experts predict a long series from the fact that the Rockets’ unique style of play could cause headaches for this Lakers team. But if Game 2 showed us anything, Anthony Davis returning to his roots, overpowering the smaller, speedier Rockets in the paint, worked as planned. And that aggression needs to continue from Davis for this team to be successful.
Catch you Thursday.