By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s been said the way to win titles is a team should win home games and play .500 on the road. This year the Lakers have thrown that formula out the window.
Near the end of the Lakers seven game road trip Lebron James returned to Cleveland. He felt different and got his “home cooking” in his system.
The “King” was on fire scoring 23 first half points on his way to a season high 46 points against his former team. He’s became the oldest Laker to score 40 points while outscoring the entire Cavs team 21-19 in the fourth quarter. He shot 19 of 26 from the field and 7 of 11 from the arc. He has made seven or more three pointers in a game three times. “King” James is also the fifth player in League history to score 46 or more after age 36.
“I want to keep improving my game and get everyone involved,” said James. “If you want to be great at what you do it takes time.”
Antony Davis had 17 as five Lakers scored in double digits and nine players scored at least one basket in a 115-108 win over the Cavs. Dennis Schroder and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 10 each. Kyle Kuzma had 8 rebounds and a career high 6 offensive.
Davis summed up the LeBron’s performance saying, “When he’s playing like that it’s fun to watch. It’s amazing to see the shots he makes and the shots he takes. He’s a hell of a player.”
James had a chance to be near his hometown ‘I Promise School.’ “I’m comfortable in my role with helping the students,” said James. “We’ve got some kids there that will change the world.”
They now have began the season by winning a franchise record ten games on the road. Last week the start of a long seven game road trip in Milwaukee after a tough home loss to Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Since then they have had the league’s best record best record 14-4 (at Press time).
James broke out with a 34 point, 6 assists 8 rebound. Anthony Davis had 18 and 9 assists leading the team to a 113 -106 win over the Bucks.
As of last season James and Davis both finished second to the Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo. James finished second behind Giannis in MVP and Davis was number two in Defensive Player of the Year balloting.
Some thought it may be a game for James to show his displeasure with last year’s results but he made things clear that’s was not the case.
“I think you know me’ said James. “It’s never been about the individual its about team success and that’s all that matters. I could care less about that. I just try to play well and help our team win versus any opponent and that’s what it’s all about.”
Davis celebrated a 101-90 win in his hometown of Chicago by throwing down 37 points. Davis felt he wasn’t playing well but he revived himself in the windy city. Montrzel Harrell and Talen Horton-Tucker chipped in ten apiece. The set a league low holding the Bulls to 33-points in the first half – the lowest in five years.