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LeBron drives Lakers to an overtime win

The Los Angeles Lakers took a hard-fought victory over the visiting New York Knicks (115-122). In the return of LeBron James, the Angelenos had to resort to the epic to overcome a game that had been very difficult for them. Malik Monk was the surprise factor of the comeback with a great third quarter.

The locals pulled epic to overcome a match that seemed lost after the first two quarters. The Knicks came to win by more than 20 points difference and RJ Barrett, with 21 points at halftime, was unstoppable. However, a scoring explosion from Monk with 18 of his 29 points in the third quarter closed the gap and put the Lakers back in the game.

LeBron James was the one who made the difference in the final stretch. The 37-year-old was agile in his first game after missing five, hitting the basket with consistency to finish the night with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. His 10 points in the fourth quarter were vital to force overtime. Anthony Davis was also great on both ends of the floor: 28 points, 17 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals were enough to get past the Knicks in the second half.

In a local key, the negative note was left by Westbrook. The Lakers led by 6 points until Russell’s last appearance on court. They squandered that lead and Vogel decided to seat him in overtime, which the Lakers won without much trouble with Davis and James as the stars.

In the Knicks, the performances of Barrett and Randle stood out. The first was the game’s top scorer: 36 points that he accompanied with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Meanwhile, Julius, who is still immersed in transfer rumors, vindicated his importance with a great performance of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists.

In defense of Russell

After the game, LeBron James stood up for Westbrook. “I told him to text me later. For him to move on, for him to stop questioning himself. He is an instinctive player. With everything he’s done in this league, he should never question himself. I have maximum confidence in his abilities».

During stretches of the game, it was the Lakers’ own fans who booed their point guard. Anthony Davis spoke about this at the end of the match: “The fans obviously want to see him play better, but he has to try not to think about it too much in his head, keep playing and do the little things well”, highlighted La Ceja.

Meanwhile, Westbrook himself also went through the microphones to indicate that “there was no communication” between him and Frank Vogel when he was benched in the final minutes. “But he is the coach, he makes what he thinks is the best decision for our team. I don’t care about anything as long as we win, “said the point guard.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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