After starting the season with a dismal 0-5 record, the Los Angeles Lakers have finally won a game, defeating the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night to halt their skid at six games. Naturally, the entire NBA Twitter community had to join LeBron James and the Purple and Gold in their joy.
Of course, there are a few caustic and insulting comments sprinkled throughout. There is still a lot of basketball to be played, after all, and the Lakers have only won one game. But after a rocky start, a victory might be just what LeBron and company need to make a turnaround.
LAKERS FINALLY WIN!! pic.twitter.com/3aIkjWBwjZ
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) October 31, 2022
Lakers after the 1st win of the season pic.twitter.com/EXPF4uvluU
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) October 31, 2022
Lakers beat the Nuggets by 11 to get their first win of the season
LeBron James: 26pts, 8asts, 6rebs
Anthony Davis: 23pts, 15rebs
Russell Westbrook: 18pts, 8asts, 8rebs
Lonnie Walker IV: 18pts, 5rebs, 2blks
Austin Reaves: 10pts
Troy Brown Jr: 8pts, 6rebspic.twitter.com/dIh0YWn9Mg
— NBALakersReport (@NBALakersReport) October 31, 2022
True, but this is only the Lakers’ first victory of the year. This suggests that while the squad still has a lot of work to do, fans shouldn’t really celebrate too much.
Los angles lakers have won a game with all due respect pic.twitter.com/h0lLFLmYa9
— Mark Jackson s Burner (@casualtakeking) October 31, 2022
Lakers fans after winning a regular season game pic.twitter.com/Rp8Inn560r
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) October 31, 2022
LAKERS RUN THE LEAGUE LFGG pic.twitter.com/QtZnrr3taH
— (@HoodiDrew) October 31, 2022
To be fair, there are a lot of positive lessons to be learned from the game that the Lakers can use to build upon in order to turn things around. One is that they made excellent 3-point shots. They shot 43.3 percent, making 13 out of 30 attempts from distance.
Also noteworthy is Russell Westbrook, who excelled in his bench position. He recorded the team’s best plus-minus (+18), demonstrating just how valuable he can be to the Lakers in that particular position. The early results have been fantastic, but it remains to be seen if he can fully embrace coming off the bench and maintain that production.
The Lakers’ next opponent, the New Orleans Pelicans, is expected to mark the beginning of a winning streak. A post-NBA LeBron James and the Lakers scored their first victory of 2022–23, sending Twitter into a frenzy.