‘Russell-LeBron-AD outstanding performance’ LAL advances to 2R with a complete victory by 40 points

The Lakers beat Memphis to advance to the second round.

The Los Angeles Lakers won 125-85 against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of the 1st round of the 2023 NBA Playoffs held at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena on the 29th (Korean time). 

The 7th seed Lakers completed the upset by defeating 2nd seed Memphis 4-2. It is the first time in three years since 2020 when the Lakers won the second round. The second round opponent is the winner of the Sacramento-Golden State Series. No크크크벳. 2 seed Memphis exited early after falling victim to an upset.

The Lakers showed overwhelming performance and caught Game 6. The triangular formation of D’Angelo Russell, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis performed evenly. Russell scored 31 points, including 5 3-pointers, LeBron scored 22 points and 6 assists, and Davis recorded 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Memphis ended the season with a crushing defeat after key players such as Ja Morant (10 points), Jaren Jackson Jr. (14 points), and Desmond Bain (15 points) all showed a struggle. 

The match was one-sided. After the Lakers hit from the first quarter, they won without any major changes.

The Lakers, who took the lead with Russell’s floater early in the game, widened the gap with Austin Reeves and LeBron’s three-point shot. As Memphis followed, Russell and Davis led the offense and the Lakers did not miss the initiative. After a series of dunks, the first quarter ended with a score of 31-20.

The gap widened further in the second quarter. The Lakers piled up points one by one with Gabriel and LeBron scoring alternately. Following Rui Hachimura’s consecutive goals, LeBron’s Andone play came out, widening the gap to nearly 20 points. At the end of the first half, LeBron even succeeded in a fantastic reverse dunk, and the Lakers finished the second quarter with a score of 59-42.

The game was clearly decided in the third quarter. Russell and Jared Vanderbilt finished the match. The two players poured outside cannons at the beginning of the quarter, quickly increasing the score gap to more than 30 points. Memphis was unable to catch up with the Lakers’ pace as the defense collapsed. With Davis, LeBron, and Reeves scoring, the Lakers finished the third quarter 100-67.

The excited Lakers continued their momentum with Russell’s 3-point shot at the start of the 4th quarter. In the end, Memphis, who was defeated, called the key players to the bench with 9 minutes and 40 seconds left. The Lakers, who performed well in both offense and defense, confirmed their advance to the second round at home.


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