By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Lakers now have the best record 8-3 (at press time), they have won eight of their last ten games. After a road trip the team returned to Staples Center took on a red-hot San Antonio team. The visitors hit 16 of 35 (46%) from the three-point line and played a team game dishing out 28 assists. That lead to a 118-109 win. The veteran LaMarcus Aldridge led the team with 28 points and Demar DeRozan added 19.
The Lakers were led by LeBron James 27 points and 12 assists Anthony Davis had 23 and 10 rebounds in the loss. Davis later expressed his disappointment in the defense the team played.
The following night facing the Chicago the Lakers put on a full team effort with five players in double figures. Led by newcomer Wesley Mathews starting in the place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, poured in 14 points while hitting 4 of 8 from the behind arc. Montrezl Harrell had 17 to go with 14 boards as the bench energized the team in the second half. Lebron led team in scoring with 28 and Dennis Schroder chipped in 17 in a 117-115 win.
Next up James Harden and the Rockets came to Staples. Anthony Davis return after nursing an injury. The team played at a high tempo as they put the clamps on the Rockets with 13 steals and 8 blocked shots in a 120 -102 win.
“We want to be the best defensive team in the league and tonight was a good start,” said Lebron James.
Talen Horton-Tucker missed just one of eight field goal attempts and had a career high 20 points. In 21 minutes.
“I always say I want to learn,” said the twenty-year-old. “I try to be a sponge is the most important thing you have to do when you’re learning especially around guys of this caliber. So just being a sponge is probably been the key to me doing good things.”
They will host New Orleans Friday and Golden State Monday at Staples on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.