The Los Angeles Lakers continued their perfect road record, which now extends to eight games, with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The win moved the defending NBA champions to the top of the Western Conference above the Jazz and the Clippers that have one game in hand.
LeBron James was the top scorer for the winners with 34 points. On the other hand, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited to 25 points, two points below his season average.
Two Lakers legends, James Worthy and Derek Fisher, shared their thoughts on the what helped their former team take the win against one of the NBA favorites.
“Maybe they should play all their games on the road. They’re pretty good road team,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “Both teams needing a victory, coming off losses. Milwaukee put forth a good effort in the first half challenging the Lakers. But the defence picked up. They’ve done a good job of slowing Giannis down. Were able to climb back into the lead with some good three-point shooting.
“In the third quarter they regrouped defense was exceptional. Caruso coming in, Pope knocking down threes. LeBron James, amazing leadership in the first half when they really needed to stay in the game he was there, big shots. Just an all around good road effort for the first one out.”
Fisher thought that James wanted to show the Lakers are locked in after disappointing loss to Golden State. “Good bounce back win after the Warriors loss. I think they really felt that they let that game get away from them. They weren’t professional, they didn’t finish it out,” he said. “Tonight I thought LeBron wanted to make sure that he reminded everybody that this team is locked in. Great road win.”