Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Scores 24 Factors in 101-93 Victory Over Hornets – NBC Los Angeles
Frank Vogel is not complaining concerning the Los Angeles Lakers ending a seven-game highway journey with a 4-3 document.
“I believe all of our guys are actually fatigued proper now,” the Lakers’ second-year head coach mentioned. “We’re stretched actually skinny with the entire accidents and the compact schedule. To return out of it 4-3 on this stretch, we be ok with that.”
Kyle Kuzma scored 24 factors, and the Lakers held on for a hard-fought 101-93 win towards a Charlotte Hornets staff lacking 5 of its prime six scorers on Tuesday evening.
Dennis Schroder added 19 factors and Andre Drummond chipped in with 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who’ll return house to face the Boston Celtics on Thursday with followers allowed within the Staples Middle.
“It could possibly be a huge impact having that vitality,” Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope mentioned. “That vitality can fill you up.”
Devonte Graham led the Hornets with 19 factors. Caleb Martin had 17 factors and 10 rebounds.
The Lakers held the Hornets to 43.4% taking pictures total and 25.7% from 3-point vary.
The sport was largely a battle of backups, with the Hornets lacking 4 starters as a result of damage and the Lakers three.
Charlotte was lacking greater than 72% of its scoring with Terry Rozier and P.J. Washington becoming a member of LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward and Malik Monk on the bench. The Lakers, who’re nonetheless with out All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, have been additionally lacking Markieff Morris as a result of a sprained left ankle.
The Lakers constructed a 10-point lead within the closing seconds of the third quarter behind a jumper by Schroder.
However Charlotte reduce the result in one with 1:54 remaining behind a coast-to-coast layup and a 3-pointer from Graham. The Hornets had an opportunity to take the lead after getting a defensive cease, however Graham turned the ball over and Alex Caruso made them pay on the different finish with a clutch 3 with 43 seconds left.
“That was an enormous shot to seal the sport,” Vogel mentioned of Caruso, who completed with 13 factors and 6 assists. “He does a lot soiled work for us that it was nice to see him hit that shot. … He was the star of the sport.”
Added Drummond: “He’s a hell of a participant. His plus-minus numbers say it. When he’s on the ground good issues occur.”
Missing go-to scorers within the clutch, the Hornets have been compelled to rely solely on Graham, who missed a spinning 3-point try on Charlotte’s subsequent possession. Caruso made two free throws to push the result in six with 28.1 left.
Graham answered with a runner and the Cody Zeller appeared to provide you with a steal within the backcourt earlier than shedding management of the ball. The Hornets have been compelled to foul and Kuzma slammed the door on Charlotte with 4 free throws down the stretch.
“They did what they might,” Hornets coach James Borrego mentioned of his staff. “They competed. I imply, we had the ball down one, that’s all you’ll be able to ask for in that state of affairs. I assumed given the circumstances, the blokes continued to compete and play arduous.”
Lakers: James supported his teammates from the bench all through the sport and acquired fairly animated following a high-flying one-handed dunk from Kuzma over Bismack Biyombo. … Coach Frank Vogel picked up a technical foul within the second quarter when he argued a cost name towards Drummond. … Marc Gasol (left hamstring) did not play regardless of being cleared earlier than the sport.
Hornets: Began their fifteenth totally different lineup. … James Borrego picked up a technical foul within the third quarter. … Had 18 turnovers leading to 26 factors for the Lakers.
Drummond had one other disappointing offensive evening for the Lakers, scoring simply 4 factors on 2-of-7 taking pictures towards a Hornets staff that has struggled to defend large males.
“I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine it out too,” Drummond mentioned. “Offensively, that is the worst I’ve performed in my profession. However I do know I’m right here to assist the staff defensively.”
Vogel would not imagine Drummond has performed poorly, and it’s extra a matter of how groups are defending the Lakers.
“Having LeBron and AD on the market will assist him,” Vogel mentioned. “Tonight they performed zone the entire sport to pack it in and take away gamers like Andre. So you’re taking what the protection offers you.”
Lakers: Return house to host the Celtics on Thursday evening.
Hornets: Host the Cavaliers on the second evening of a back-to-back Wednesday.