On April 23, Beijing time, in the NBA playoffs, the Lakers beat the Grizzlies 111-101, and the total score of the series was 2-1. In this game, many Lakers players played well, with 31 points, 17 rebounds and 3 hats, James 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Russell 17 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, Reeves 13 points and 6 rebounds, and 16 points and 5 rebounds as a substitute for Eight Villages Base. Relying on excellent teamwork, the Lakers turned Morant’s 45 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists back into futility, and set a number of team history records.
In this game, the Lakers played crazy offensive and defensive suppression from the first quarter, crushed the Grizzlies with a single score of 35-9, and gained a 26-point lead in one fell swoop, making their opponents encounter Waterloo in the first quarter. As soon as the game started in the second quarter, Ba Cunlei scored a three-pointer to expand the lead to 29 points, which is also the biggest difference between the two sides in this game.
After that, the Lakers continued to maintain an absolute lead. Although Brooks attacked James in the crotch and was expelled, and Morant scored 24 points in the last quarter to try to turn the tide, the Lakers always won the game by virtue of the huge advantage accumulated in the previous period, making Morant’s comeback campaign a tragedy and taking the lead in the series.
The Lakers set a number of records in this game.
First of all, when the series was at a 1-1 draw, the Lakers had won 9 consecutive victories in G3, surpassing the Bulls in 88-95 to monopolize the top spot in history. The last time they lost after 1-1, they had to go back to the finals in 2004.
Second, the Lakers led by 26 points in a single quarter, setting a record of net victory in the first quarter of the team’s history. The previous maximum difference was 21 points.
Third, a 26-point lead in a single quarter tied the biggest lead record in the first quarter of the league, which was achieved by the Bucks in 1970 and 2021.
Fourth, the Lakers let the Grizzlies get only 9 points in the first quarter, which made their opponents suffer the lowest score in a single quarter in the playoffs. The last time a single quarter failed to score in double figures, it still needs to be traced back to the Celtics for 16 years.
Fifth, Russell scored a 3+1 in the first quarter, which is the first time that a player has scored 3+1 in the Lakers playoffs since Kobe Bryant in 2009.
Sixth, thick eyebrows contributed 3 blocks in the audience and sent 15 blocks in the first three games, making him the first Laker to accomplish this achievement since O ‘Neal in 2004.
Seventh, thick eyebrows became the first Lakers player to get 30+15+3 blocks since Gasol;
The eighth and eighth village bases scored 16 points and scored 15+ in three consecutive games, making them the first Lakers substitute player to score 15+ in three consecutive games after Wharton in 2008.
Ninth, James became the only player in history who won 25+5+5 at least 100 times in the playoffs, and he accomplished this achievement 145 times.
According to the schedule, the next showdown between the two sides will continue at the Lakers’ home next Tuesday morning, Beijing time.