After 17 years in the NBA, one would think Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James might be slowing down. That analysis would be wrong.
In a 118-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, the veteran James simply completed his third straight triple-double. James scored 30 points, dished out 11 assists, and grabbed 10 rebounds to become the first Laker since Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1987 to record three straight triple-doubles. The feat also tied James’ personal best streak of three straight triple-doubles.
It wasn’t so much James though as it was Kyle Kuzma that gave the Lakers their sixth straight win of the 2019-20 season. With James on the bench to start the fourth quarter and Anthony Davis beside him with four fouls, Kuzma scored 11 of his 15 points in the final quarter to propel the Lakers to the win.
It was just Kuzma’s third game of the season. He had been out for three months after suffering an ankle injury during USA Basketball training camp this summer. Kuzma shot 7-of-16 from the floor and also had four rebounds. Quinn Cook also came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
The Lakers are now 6-1 and sit atop the Western Conference standings. The win over Chicago wraps up a three-game road trip in which Los Angeles went 3-0. The Lakers are back in action Friday night at home when they host the Miami Heat (5-2).