In one of the most anticipated match-ups in Nets regular season history, the James Harden, Kyrie Irving and the Nets took on LeBron James and the Lakers in a prime time showdown in Los Angeles. However, the game would be missing two major components. The Nets were without their superstar Kevin Durant, while the Lakers were missing Anthony Davis. However, this game was looked at for the Nets to take down another high-powered opponent in the Lakers as well as extend their winning streak to five games, and the Nets did just that.
Nets Three Point Dominance Continues
Right from the jump, Brooklyn took full control of the game, after the game swung back and forth for much of the first quarter, Brooklyn was able to find their groove. Especially from the three point line. Of course, Joe Harris was right in the middle of the action. Joe Harris showed why he is one of, if not the best catch and shoot shooter in the NBA. in yesterday’s game, Harris totaled 21 points and was 6/7 from three.
Harris also added five rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was also red hot from behind the arc last night, TLC once again showed that when he is at his best, he deserves solid minutes in a loaded Nets rotation. TLC scored 15 points, all of which were on threes. TLC was 5/8 from behind the arc. Overall, the Nets continued their strong shooting as Brooklyn hit 18/39 threes as a team last night.
Nets Superstars Shine
This game was hyped up due to its starpower, and the stars were out to play. James Harden was, as expected, the leading scorer for Brooklyn. Harden once again notched a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists. Harden was also able to add five rebounds. Kyrie Irving, while he didn’t score the amount you would expect him to, did play a major role in the Nets victory. Irving logged 16 points on 41% shooting. Although Irving didn’t have an amazing game, the rest of the team picked him up. The Nets controlled much of the game and took down the Lakers 109-98
The Nets have now won five in a row and are second in the East. Brooklyn will stay in Los Angeles to take on the Clippers Sunday Night in a game that could potentially move the Nets into first.