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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Hornets – Game 32 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (17-15) | Charlottes Hornets (7-22)

 

It was the Lakers vs Hornets at Crypto.com Arena on Thursday night. Anthony Davis was dominant and the Lakers role players stepped up in the 133-112 win.

 

Lakers vs Hornets | Franchise Sports Media
Photo Credit: Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night in their final home game of 2023.

The Lakers were looking to get back on track after a tough loss to the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day, and they did exactly that by earning an easy 133-112 victory over the Hornets to improve to 17-15 on the season.

With Cam Reddish out due to a groin injury, Lakers head coach  Darvin Ham went with a huge starting lineup with Rui Hachimura taking his place, joining LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Jarred Vanderbilt, and Taurean Prince.

After struggling for much of the first half, the Lakers started strong in the second half and finished the third quarter even strong, blowing the game wide open. It was a non-AD and LeBron James lineup that did the work to close the third frame and allowed the aforementioned superstars to sit the entire fourth quarter.

 

Lakers vs Hornets First Quarter:

 

Lakers vs Hornets | Franchise Sports Media
Photo Credit: Robert Gauthier/LA Times

The Lakers Rui Hachimura got the scoring started, coming up with a steal and then a dunk in transition. Davis also got going early with some easy buckets, including a thunderous poster dunk on Miles Bridges.

James hit an early triple although Terry Rozier and Bridges also connected from deep to give the Hornets a 15-13 lead.

The Lakers went ice cold from there while the Hornets remained hot from deep to extend their lead to nine. D’Angelo Russell and Austin Reaves came off the bench and gave the Lakers some much-needed offense to cut the deficit to 31-28 at the end of the first.

 

Lakers vs Hornets 2nd Quarter:

 

It didn’t take long for the Lakers to tie things up early in the second after Hachimura completed a three-point play and then Max Christie drilled a triple.

The Hornets responded with a 9-0 run before Davis got the Lakers back on track with a block and a layup. Davis then had another poster dunk although he picked up as technical for taunting after. Davis had another big dunk on an alley-oop from James to end the half, giving the Lakers a slim 58-57 lead going into the locker room.

 

Lakers vs Hornets 3rd Quarter:

 

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Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/AP

After a quiet first half, James got going in the third with a few buckets although Bridges did the same for Charlotte.

The Lakers finally were able to gain some separation from there with James and Davis dominating inside to stretch the lead to double digits for the first time.

Davis eventually went to the bench with foul trouble but the Lakers still closed the quarter strong with Russell and Reaves leading the way, extending the Lakers lead to 99-80 going into the fourth quarter.

 

Lakers vs Hornets 4th Quarter:

 

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Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/AP

Hachimura’s excellent offensive showing continued into the fourth with him scoring the first bucket which was a three-pointer. Austin Reaves put on a show by running the ball, putting it behind his back, and scoring a layup that had the Lakers bench hyped.

A three-pointer from D’Angelo Russell added to his very productive night. As the Lakers kept pilling on their dominance, everyone was contributing. Austin was putting on a show, dazzling the fans with his usual ball-handling skills. Rookie Jalen Hood-Schifino was even able to get some playing time and scored.

LeBron and AD did not see any playing time in the fourth because the Lakers kept their foot on the gas. Jarred Vanderbilt, who has struggled with his offense, was able to find it scoring seven points while also hitting his first three of the season tonight. The Lakers grabbed a much-needed dominant victory.

Davis’ utter dominance was on full display as he put his stamp all over this game. He ended with 26 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, two assists, and two steals. LeBron James couldn’t find consistency which made him have a slow game offensively, but he was dishing dimes and ended with 11 assists.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers hit the road and take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, December 30th, at 5:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

 

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