The Los Angeles Lakers are undoubtedly the number one western seed at NBA Play-off 2019-2020, taking down Utah Jazz 116-108 on August 4.
For the first time since the 2009-2010 season, the LA Lakers finish the main season at the top of the Western table. The 116-108 victory over Utah Jazz helped LeBron James and his teammates secure the number one position before five matches. The second-highest NBA-winning team won 51 in 66 matches from the start of the season.
Anthony Davis dumped Kobe Bryant’s 7-year existence record
Anthony Davis shone in the Lakers’ latest victory, scoring 42 points and 12 rebounds, including 24 points in the first two halves. This is the 20th time the striker has scored at least 20 points after half a match this season. The closest Lakers player to do this was Kobe Bryant, a legend who died earlier this year in a helicopter accident.
Main events of the Lakers – Jazz match
The match took place in the first two rounds and the Lakers only created a two-point gap. Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points in the first half to help Utah Jazz chase the opponent. Mitchell’s long-shot helped Jazz start the exciting third with a series of 8-0 points.
However, Jazz constantly loosened the ball, leaving the opponent a chance to master the match. The Lakers took advantage of the opponent’s sagging with 14 consecutive points and closed the third half with a 19-2 point sequence. LeBron James and his teammates maintained the lead to the end of the match and secured the victory with a long throw situation of Anthony Davis.
This is the first time the Lakers have achieved a throw efficiency of over 50% since the Covid-19 pandemic. Two matches ago, teachers and students Frank Vogel only succeeded less than 40% in the final stage.
On the side of Utah Jazz, the students of coach Quin Snyder only achieved an efficiency of 27.9% from the three-point line. Failure did not affect their playoff tickets but made Jazz lose the race to the higher position. They are currently ranked fifth in the West with 42 wins – 25 losses.