The dream is alive in Los Angeles.
Reinvigorating a Lakers fan base down on their luck after watching four straight losses, LeBron James and company welcomed the Warriors to Crypto.com Arena and pulled off the miraculous win, 124-116.
Saturday night’s game against Golden State bore the blueprint for a loss, but The Chosen One took full command of the Lakers with a dominant 56-point performance (19-of-31 shooting).
Between a mixture of efficiency in the paint and beyond the arc, James was a scoring machine that overwhelmed the second-best team in the West.
Klay Thompson arrived at the arena and played 31 minutes on the night but was hardly noticeable with his seven points, 3-of-13 shooting, and four turnovers.
When a team’s score reaches triple digits, it’s hard for one man to carry that load. Veterans Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook aided LeBron and the Lakers scoring conquest with 34 combined points.
A last-minute three-pointer by Melo helped seal the Lakers’ win over the Warriors and end a contentious fourth quarter for both teams.
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LeBron’s 56 marked his highest-scoring game since arriving in Los Angeles.
While the Lakers can’t seem to maintain a streak of wins to instill faith in their postseason chances, especially without Anthony Davis on the floor, they always know when to pick up a win right to avert a total collapse.
Tonight’s win gave the Lakers a new lease on their outlook toward the 2022 postseason — proving that on their best days, they can hang with any team in the NBA.
And on LeBron’s best days, even at 37, there’s simply no team that can stop him.
The Lakers (28-35) sit at the ninth spot in the Western Conference, clawing their way to the play-in tournament or more with 19 games left and a fire beneath the team following the major upset on Saturday.