Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk give their best game with the Lakers


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Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk give their best game with the Lakers

LOS ANGELES – Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk combined for 52 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 117-120 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night at the Staples Center court. The game had to be defined in overtime; It is the third game that is defined in this way so far this season for the Angelenos, who have won all three games in this way.

“It was a great fight, we have many casualties, we continue to adapt and get to know, we face a great team (Miami) that many say are the best in the East. Our defense competed and lived up to the confrontation, especially in the second half. We got an important win, ”shared Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel.

Russell Westbrook is slowly finding his rhythm as a Lakers player. The adaptation has not been easy, but in the duel against Miami, according to the response of those present, the new star had his best performance wearing the purple and gold uniform. Westbrook finished with a triple-double of 25 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists; It is his third triple-double so far this season.

“The response from the people is incredible. When you are already getting tired, the end is nearing in the last quarter, you are well concentrating and suddenly, turn around and see everyone standing up, supporting, that is something that as a player I appreciate, value and try to leave everything in the it hurts every time, ”shared Russell Westbrook, who is in his first season with Los Angeles in his 14th year as a professional.

Malik Monk, who, like Russell, joined the Angels for this season, had a spectacular night shooting 27 points off the bench, the most points he has scored with the Lakers so far. He was the top scorer of the night, with 10 of 13 shots from the field and 4 of 7 on triples.

“That gives us character and spirit as a group, knowing that even with so many casualties, we have enough talent to fight, stay afloat, play the right way and have shooters that turn on to change a team, they did that today” Russell said of his teammates.

With four minutes to go, the Lakers were down by 8 points. At that point, not only the stars of the team appeared, but players like Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington with precise shots to get back in the game, force overtime and take the win.

“Our group believes in each other, we are on a good path with the mindset to keep growing, improve where we went wrong, focus on the general goal and keep pushing,” said Vogel. “This group will be fine, there have been bumps early in the season, but we think we will do special things this year.”

Lakers are held on by LeBron James (abdominal muscle pull), Rajon Rondo (thigh), Talen Horton-Tucker (thumb), Kendrick Nunn (right knee), Austin Reaves (thigh) and Trevor Ariza (right ankle).

After back-to-back wins over Charlotte and Miami, the Lakers improved to 7-5 in the Western Conference. His next game is Friday hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves.


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