Here are the scores, updates, and results of the NBA 2022-2023 Regular Season between the Charlotte Hornets (CHA) and the Los Angeles Lakers (LAL) on January 3, 2023 (All times are in Philippine Standard Time) at the Spectrum Center.
The Los Angeles Lakers defeats the Charlotte Hornets with a final score of 121-115 behind LeBron’s high-scoring output.
LeBron James carries the Lakers yet again with another 40-point game, tallying 43 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as they win over the Hornets, taking their second-straight win.
This is a bounce back victory for Los Angeles since they lost to Charlotte in their last meeting back on Dec. 24 where they lost by four points. The Lakers have now won three matchups out of their past five.
Los Angeles shot 48% on the floor all throughout the contest while limiting the opposing team to only convert 45% of their looks. At one point in the game, the Lakers even held a 24-point lead against Charlotte.
Thomas Bryant added 18 points and 15 boards while Schroder and Reaves, who came off from the bench for Los Angeles, both had 15 in the game.
“We just had the mindset of wanting to close out this trip the right way,” James shared.
The Hornets were able to rally back into the game, chalking up 39 points in the fourth as they reduce Los Angeles’ winning difference. However, the efforts were not enough to take another dub against Los Angeles.
Charlotte’s Rozier led the team with 27 points while Ball had 24 points, but only hit nine of his 22 looks on the floor.
“The King” has now taken two massive strides as he pursues the first place of the all-time scoring list, scoring 90 points in his past two contests. Because of this, he is now 484 points away from taking Kareen Abdul-Jabbar’s cemented record of 38, 387.
Moreover, James was also 16-26 on his shots and had 23 markers in the second half alone.
“I just think he is taking his time and really looking at what the defense is trying to do to him,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “There were times where he had to be a willing passer and he was just that. If he was going to attack them downhill, making his 3 ball, getting out and running in transition. There was a variety of ways he is on the attack and again, they had a couple of possessions where they were trying to blitz him. He’s finding the open man and making plays for other guys, and it forces the defense to play behind us.”
Hornets vs Lakers
22-21; 38-24; 34-31; 27-39
Hornets (115) Rozier 27, Ball 24, Plumlee 18, Washington 12, McDaniels 10
Lakers (121) – James 43, Bryant 18, Schroder 15, Reaves 15, Brown Jr. 12