How are these Bulls! Before starting the course there were those who put the office work done in summer through the roof; Others, however, chose to ask for calm and doubt the fit of the new pieces. Matches like last night – and there are already a few – agree with the former.
Chicago was planted in the Staples Center as one of the best teams of what we have in the NBA, and it showed why. At the pace of DeMar DeRozan (38 points), Lonzo Ball (27) and Zach LaVine (26), they took control of the match in the first quarter not to let go; what’s more, he had it practically resolved before the end of the third period, when they stretched their lead to 20 points. Those of Illinois ended up devastating some Lakers who are still waiting for the return of LeBron James.
Without El Rey on track, the gold and purple are struggling to consistently score victories. Yesterday they suffered another setback, and along the way they also saw Anthony Davis lose. The power forward was expelled shortly before the end of the third quarter due to protests to the referees. It is the second time that he leaves a game for this reason in his career.
Despite not being able to complete the game, Davis went up to 20 points. Also had an interesting offensive contribution Russell Westbrook, author of 25 points, and Talen Horton-Tucker, who was the leading scorer for the Angels with 28 points to which he added six rebounds. The loss means that the Lakers close a five-game period at home with a 3-2 record.
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