The Rundown: Lakers win 4th straight

Published January 7, 2023, 8:00 PMJon Carlos Rodriguez

With LeBron James back, the Lakers were able to extend their winning streak to four games.



Pacers 108, Trail Blazers 99

Bulls 126, Sixers 112

Knicks 112, Raptors 108

Nets 108, Pelicans 102

Hornets 138, Bucks 109

Thunder 127, Wizards 110

Spurs 121, Pistons 109

Timberwolves 128, Clippers 115

Nuggets 121, Cavaliers 108 

Heat 104, Suns 96

Lakers 130, Hawks 114

What went down

For the first time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers extended their winning streak to four games. 

The team is still facing challenges brought about by the injury of Anthony Davis, but they’re somehow thriving. After missing one game, LeBron James returned to his usual self and dominated.

Also playing minus Austin Reaves and Lonnie Walker IV, James somehow managed to dish out 10 assists and score 25 points of his own. 

At the rate The King’s scoring is going, he could be able to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record by next month.

But the Lakers’ current winning run is taking an interesting turn with Dennis Schroder playing well.

After dropping 32 against the Heat, Schroder scored 21 points versus the Hawks. Thomas Bryant (19 points) and Kendrick Nunn (23 points) also contributed in the Lakers’ 16-point win. 

The win improves the Lakers’ win-loss record to 18-21, still 12th in the West. Davis is still a long way from a return, so it’s definitely encouraging that the Lakers’ roster is now finding their own groove even without their superstar. Next up for the Lakers is another surging team in the Sacramento Kings. If they keep it up, teams should start taking notice.

Big-time ballers

Eleven 3s on 85 percent 3-point shooting for a total of 41 points. That’s how hot Zach LaVine got for the Bulls’ win versus the Sixers:

With this game, LaVine joins Steph Curry as the only two players in league history to drain 11 3s on 80-percent-plus 3-point shooting.

Meanwhile, Victor Oladipo found his own rhythm against the Suns, scorching them with a season-high 26 points.

What he said 

LeBron James and Nikola Jokic seem to play on a different level compared to the mere mortals. Nuggets head coach Mike Malone described it perfectly:

Did you see that?

Fact: the league needs a healthy LaMelo Ball. Just look at two elite things he brings to the table: