The Los Angeles Lakers marked their debut at the Crypto.com Arena badly. The Lakers lost 115-122 to the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021 NBA Christmas edition.
The Lakers cage, which is usually called the Staples Center, will officially change its name to Crypto.com Arena from Christmas 2021. The name Crypto.com Arena will be used for 20 years by paying 700 million US dollars.
The Lakers practically ended their appearance at the Staples Center and started their career at Crypto.com Arena with a loss. In the previous game the Lakers were also humiliated by the San Antonio Spurs.
Both teams competed without star players. The Lakers were left by Anthony Davis due to injury. Nets without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving affected by the Covid-19 protocol.
The Brooklyn Nets can now play James Harden, who has been released from the Covid-19 protocol.
Harden’s return lifted the Nets game. In the first quarter, Steve Nash’s troops immediately stepped on the gas, beating the Lakers 38-23.
The Lakers began to improve in the second quarter by scoring 39 points and reducing the Nets to only make 28 points. But the Nets were still four points clear at half-time.
The Nets went berserk again in the third quarter. The duo of Harden and Patty Mills brought the Nets 20 points ahead after a 36-20 lead.
The Lakers didn’t want to just give up. In the fourth quarter they continued to cut the distance. LeBron James’ three-pointer and Malik Monk’s layup made it 115-115 with 45 seconds remaining.
However, the Nets took the lead again through Nicolas Claxton’s alley-oop dunk which led to three point play. Claxton is fouled by LeBron during a dunk.
The Lakers failed to get close again after Russell Westbrook’s failed dunk attempt. Since then the Nets have continued to drift away and become the first team to win in the Crypto.com Arena.
Harden and LeBron
Harden scored a terrific triple double in this game with 36 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Mills followed with 34 points.
LeBron James actually also performed well at the Lakers with 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. LeBron even legitimately became the top scorer on NBA Christmas Day, surpassing the record of the late Kobe Bryant.
Westbrook also made a triple double but his shooting accuracy was very poor. Westbrook had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.