LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers are rolling. The Washington Wizards came to town on Friday night, and after getting out to their biggest lead of 11 points, the Lakers proceeded to do what they do and crush their opponent handing Bradley Beal’s squad a loss in convincing fashion, 125-103.
LeBron James and company have now won 10 straight games and 15 of their last 19 as they continue to have a tight grip on the top spot in the Western Conference ahead of the Denver Nuggets. Outside of the loss to the L.A. Clippers to start the season and hiccup against the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors back on Nov. 10, Frank Vogel has his team humming as they have made easy work of the competition.
“I want to credit our guys for really bringing it tonight,” Vogel said of his team. “A team that doesn’t have a great record, but we did respect them. Respect what they can do offensively. The No. 2 offensive rated team in the NBA. They’ve had games, where they score over 150 points in regulation in we, were in a position to hold them under 100, and that’s a commitment by our guys to execute our gameplan. Proud of that performance.”
Along with getting their 10th win in a row, which this franchise hasn’t done since winning 11 straight during the 2009-2010 season, the Lakers continue to be on a historic pace. The team now has the highest single-month win total (14-1) since March of 2000 (15-1). It’s only the ninth time in franchise history that the team has had 14 wins in a calendar month.
“Listen, every month is its own challenge,” LeBron said. “We played great in the month of November. We want to play great next month as well. We have championship aspirations, but at the end of the day, that’s not what’s here right now. Here right now is our next opponent and that’s Dallas. They’re very good and we want to continue to get better and better and have a championship mindset every time we step on the floor. Playing at the championship level, we have guys that have been there, who know what it takes, so that helps for sure but we just want to continue to get better and continue to process … This is a long process and we can never shortcut it, but we enjoy it along the way.”
The Lakers will host Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at the Staples Center before yet another road trip. They’ll be away from home for three straight games against opponents that all made the playoffs last season in the Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, and Portland Trail Blazers.
It’ll be the beginning of perhaps their toughest stretch of the season thus far as they’ll play nine of 10 games on the road in which they’ll also face opponents in the playoff hunt like the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks before taking on the Nuggets and L.A. Clippers (Christmas Day) in Los Angeles.