The defending Champion of the Los Angeles Lakers did not have the complete joy of receiving the Ring when their team lost to neighbor LA Clippers.
Paul George ruined the opening day of the Los Angeles Lakers season, scoring 33 points, including 26 points in the second half of the match to help the LA Clippers win 116-109. Kawhi Leonard contributed to the visitors with 26 points.
George completed 13 of 18 shots, including 5 long-range shots, showing that he fully deserved a contract of $ 190 million in the summer. On the other side of the front line, LeBron James scored 22 points, Anthony Davis had 18 points in his first official game since last year’s NBA Finals. This time is only 72 days.
George played prominently in the last 2 innings
It seems that the Lakers don’t want to exert themselves at this stage. They let their opponents take a lead to 22 points in the first half. Although they struggled to shorten the gap in the second half, the Lakers were once again lagging at the end. However, the home team did not appear depressed. There is even a situation where LeBron even turns his back when his teammates throw a free throw.
The Clippers’ new faces have not left much of a mark. Nicolas Batum scored 3 points and 6 assists in 28 minutes, while newly signed 64 million player Luke Kennard scored 4 points from the bench. The exception is probably Serge Ibaka, who contributed 15 points after moving from the Toronto Raptors.
Meanwhile, former LA Clippers Montrezl Harrell performed not badly, reaching a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Dennis Schroder also made an impressive debut when he scored 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists.
LeBron James celebrates when he receives the 4th Championship ring
The Los Angeles Lakers star could not hide her joy and showed off with quality dances after taking the fourth ring in her career.
Before entering the first NBA match this year against the Los Angeles Clippers neighbor, LeBron James received his career’s fourth Championship ring during the Lakers ring ceremony. He could not hide his joy, shown in the dance below.
This is the fourth time LeBron has a Championship ring. Before that, King James had twice crowned with the Miami Heat in 2012, 2013, and then brought the Cleveland Cavaliers to the top of glory in 2016 when they went upstream from a 1-3 lead in the Finals.