Lakers vs. Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Lakers vs. Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Lakers vs. Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Los Angeles Lakers (24-24) play against the Brooklyn Nets (18-18) at Barclays Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Tuesday January 25, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers 106, Brooklyn Nets 96 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Nets, who owe the Rockets their first-round pick this year, are currently #24 in the Draft, but the Bucks, Cavs and Sixers are all a game or less back of them. Brooklyn’s next three games are Denver (without Kyrie at home), at Golden State, at Phoenix. – 1:14 AM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Maybe now people will start talking about UCLA again. Still one my 11 teams that can cut down the nets in New Orleans. – 1:05 AM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
New Dunc’d On Prime with @Danny Leroux LAL/BRK in AD’s Return; DAL/GSW. Join us: duncdon.supportingcast.fm/join12:59 AM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden shot down reports that he’s unhappy in Brooklyn. But he admitted he’s frustrated with the current state of the Nets. Tuesday provided him plenty of reasons why: theathletic.com/3093060/2022/0…12:53 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Most 40-point games before turning 21, all-time:
8 — LeBron James
4 — Kevin Durant
4 — Luka Doncic
4 — Anthony Edwards
(Submitted by @DeePee30) pic.twitter.com/hZUoALkRnB12:51 AM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Anthony Davis’ knee felt good enough for him to slam down LeBron’s lob on the first possession, then run and leap into his teammate after James had two straight steals and dunks in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ win in Brooklyn. (from @AP) apnews.com/article/e98600…12:46 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Anthony Edwards tonight:
40 PTS
0 AST
He joins Carmelo Anthony as the only players 20 years or younger to score 40+ without dishing an assist. pic.twitter.com/vWfiJaYHD112:38 AM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Two years ago today Kobe called LeBron late night to congratulate him on passing him for No. 3 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. It would be the last time the two friends would speak. pic.twitter.com/QtzSfezsf312:32 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
More on Anthony Davis, who acknowledged that the next few games will have to help him ramp up in lieu of practice: ocregister.com/2022/01/25/lak…12:19 AM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Three-point shooting leaders in the NBA (>50 3PAs):
1. Zeke Nnaji – 50.9% (29/57)
2. Joe Harris – 46.6% (41/88)
3. P.J. Tucker – 46.2% (56/122)
4. Ayo Dosunmu – 45.1% (37/82)
5. Eric Gordon – 44.5% (94/211) – 12:12 AM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Quick @LockedOnLakers video reaction to the Lakers’ 106-96 win over the Nets. By virtue of his presence alone, Anthony Davis made a big difference. Plus, big games from LeBron and Malik Monk. @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods pic.twitter.com/DXUEmglOn512:12 AM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Sources: My @NBAonTNT report on Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris flying to Indianapolis to get a second opinion on his ankle. pic.twitter.com/cmvOcIcCLy11:50 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Sources: My @NBAonTNT report on Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant expected to sit out the All-Star Game next month in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/AXKJg7MzSd11:45 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Mavs losing THJ to a fractured 5th metatarsal. Historically that’s at least an 8-week injury, with a more complicated recovery for a fair number of them, e.g. Zion, KD, Ben Simmons. – 11:38 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Anthony Davis returns but it is LeBron’s 33 that powers Lakers past Nets nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/ant…11:30 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
This steal on DeAndre Bembry was when I thought, “OK, Anthony Davis looks like himself out there.” pic.twitter.com/zQWbj7Igrs11:30 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Interesting answer from LeBron James when asked by @CassidyHubbarth if the scoring run he’s been on was in direct response to the challenges of the Lakers’ season: pic.twitter.com/mGqnjMS0Kg11:17 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Interesting how AD liked the Lakers’ five-out offense with Melo and LeBron screening: “I tried to do the same thing. It’s the first game back, not trying to get too many isos or force up shots. Try to screen, roll and put guys in position where the entire team can be successful.” – 11:16 PM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Bulls forward Derrick Jones Jr. fractured his right index finger earlier today while working out at the Advocate Center. Jones, sidelined since sustaining a bone bruise vs. the Brooklyn Nets on January 12, has been placed in a splint and is expected to return in 6-8 weeks. – 11:10 PM
Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Only 3 first half points for KAT tonight against Portland. KAT also only had 3 at halftime last game against Brooklyn. – 11:08 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
“Not enough defense in this game period… First quarter, got off to a poor start defensively and it carried through. We found our way in the third quarter. Not enough effort, not enough urgency. We got to correct that.” – James Borrego
#AllFly | @HusqvarnaUSA11:03 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
AD on LeBron’s offensive explosion while he was out: “It’s fun to watch. … He gets in this zones where he gets in kill mode.” – 10:52 PM
Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
LeBron: “so Jessup ordered the Code Red”
Austin: “uh huh”
L: “and Kendrick knew this but he lied on the stand earlier”
A: “…uh huh”
L: “so Kaffee got a couple of airmen to testify about an earlier flight but it was a bluff”
A: “…if you say so…”
pic.twitter.com/HaoAgQ8Tf410:51 PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
LeBron still out-hustling the opposition at age 37. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/KzoF8u9ld410:50 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron on his general approach on defense, and with steals: “I’ve never been a gambler, I’ve always tried to be as solid as possible.”
That said, if he sees a clear opportunity, he’ll go, especially if he has more rim protection behind him, like AD. – 10:49 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD said that for the most part, he was “Trying to get the pain to go away” as he worked through rehab. He felt that he was ahead of pace as he progressed. Eventually, he felt “very comfortable” after the pregame 2-on-2 in Miami (Bazemore, DJ, Ellington), and knew he was ready. – 10:46 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Don’t take LeBron for granted – 10:44 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron noted that AD’s presence alone completely changes the Lakers on both ends of the floor. Cited examples of his rim protection that allows them to be more aggressive defensively elsewhere, and his threat at the rim on offense (tough alley-oop catch on the first play). – 10:43 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Anthony Davis on how ready he feels to help this team: “I feel ready. … I was ready enough to go tonight.” – 10:42 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron, on those two steals he had jumping passing lanes in the 4th, said he was “channeling my innter Ed Reed,” after the great Baltimore Ravens safety. – 10:42 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron says he was “channeling my inner Ed Reed” on the two consecutive steals in the fourth quarter. – 10:41 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
LeBron James tonight:
✅ 33 PTS
✅ 7 REB
✅ 6 AST
✅ 3 STL
✅ 14-21 FG
James has recorded at least 25 points and five rebounds in each of his last 18 games.
The only player in @Los Angeles Lakers history with a longer such streak is Elgin Baylor. pic.twitter.com/dGJoVPwtnO10:38 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Harden: “Of course I’m frustrated because we’re not healthy, there’s a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason. Injuries, COVID …it’s frustrating. I think everybody in this organization is frustrated because we are better than what our record is and we should be on the way up” – 10:36 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Tacos on us 🌮🌮
#WeGotTacos | @JackBox pic.twitter.com/7adZ2JkGJJ10:35 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Without Patrick Beverley, the difficulty of defensive matchup increases for Anthony Edwards.
Last game, Ant was matched with Kyrie (McDaniels on Harden) and tonight Ant is on McCollum (McDaniels on Simons) – 10:17 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Reports from who? Alright then I don’t know what you’re talking about…you’re talking about reports I don’t know about reports, did you guys hear from me? Alright then I don’t know about no reports.”
James Harden had a back-and-forth with a reporter about a recent trade update pic.twitter.com/ZiekHWXZf310:14 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
LeBron James’ breakaway dunks with James Harden’s reaction to them in real-time. pic.twitter.com/wTe7X8rzeV10:13 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
James Harden addressed a report that he’s not happy with the part-time status of Kyrie Irving and the rotation decisions of coach Steve Nash. pic.twitter.com/2FPtTePTRW10:09 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“If you didn’t hear it from me, like I don’t talk to nobody, I don’t have an agent, if ya’ll don’t hear from me, than it’s reports. I’m frustrated because I want to win, and I’m a competitor, it’s pretty simple.”
-Harden on recent reports he has ‘increased interest’ in a trade pic.twitter.com/BrP2elTbTg10:07 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Westbrook on AD, who played limited minutes, but…
“It’s definitely different with his presence out there.”
This was just the 16th game that LeBron, AD and Westbrook played together, and many of those were with LAL playing a traditional center. – 10:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Russell Westbrook on Anthony Davis: “It’s definitely different with his presence out there, especially on the defensive end.” – 10:06 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on LeBron: “He played remarkable on both sides of the ball tonight.” – 10:02 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden: “Of course I’m frustrated because we’re not healthy, where there’s a lot of inconsistency for whatever reason, injuries, COVID, whatever you want to call it. I think everybody in this organization is frustrated because we’re better than what our record is.” #Nets10:02 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I asked James Harden about the reports suggesting he doesn’t like living in Brooklyn or NYC: “Of course (I like living here),” he said.
He also said he’s frustrated with rotations because rotations dictate winning. Says if it doesn’t come from his mouth, he didn’t say it. – 10:01 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Vogel on Anthony Davis’ rhythm tonight: “I didn’t think there was a moment other than a couple finishes at the rim … that he looked out of sync. He looked really good, and those little finishes will come.” – 10:01 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel noted LeBron being “really locked in” on defense, starting at shootaround, as a major key vs. BKN. James had 3 steals and 2 blocks, with those B2B steals basically sealing the game in the 4th. Lakers switched their coverage there to swarm Harden w/LeBron at free safety. – 10:01 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden denies having any problem with Steve Nash’s rotation and dismisses “reports. Did you guys hear that from me?” But he admits he’s just frustrated with the #Nets record and shorthanded state. – 10:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden asked about the reports about him today: “I didn’t hear about no reports.” Said he’s frustrated about the situation in Brooklyn given all the issues they’ve dealt with and wants to win, but didn’t talk to anybody. “Did you guys hear that from me?” – 10:01 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
The King’s Gambit #LakersWin pic.twitter.com/yWeADLCXuF10:00 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m frustrated cause I want to win and I’m a competitor.”
– James Harden says if you didn’t hear from him there’s no reports worth listening to. – 10:00 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel believes Anthony Davis “really changed things” for the team defensively tonight.
AD finished with 4 blocks. – 9:59 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel said there’s going to be a build up in terms of minutes as these next few games come for AD (24 tonight), but they really felt his presence tonight in his first game after 17 missed, particularly at the rim (4 blocks). – 9:59 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
James Harden “I don’t know about any reports.” – 9:58 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on LeBron’s defense: “He was really locked in on the defensive side of the ball all day long, starting with shootaround.” – 9:58 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden on the loss: “Transition defense. Simple.” – 9:57 PM
Andrew Bogut @RogueBoguesPod
Basketball Pod Episode 50 – @HoopConsultants and @andrewbogut discuss the Lakers drama involving their owners.
Listen to it here 👇
https://t.co/u0OwdyWBh0
#LetsGetRogue #RogueBogues #NBA #Basketball #Lakers pic.twitter.com/6kw1IX3NQk9:55 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash says Joe Harris getting a second opinion in Cleveland is standard. @Chris Haynes reported it during the game. – 9:54 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash confirmed Joe Harris got a second opinion on his ankle, said its standard. #Nets9:54 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash said transition defense was his biggest problem tonight. Thought the Lakers got way too many points there. – 9:54 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
This was a fun night. Let’s have more nights like this, Lakers. – 9:52 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
#LakeShow by 🔟
@LeBron James: 33 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
@Malik Monk: 22 pts (6 3PM) pic.twitter.com/OOZctPCv3H9:52 PM

Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
LeBron had 33 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks and 0 turnovers on 66% FG. Unreal. – 9:50 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Different energy from the Lakers tonight, 106-96 over the Nets…
-Lebron 33pts 7rebs 6ast 3stls 2bks
-Monk 22pts 5rebs
-Russ 15pts 6rebs 4ast
-Melo 13pts 2stls
-AD 8pts 4blks
2-1 on Road Trip…Next up, Joel Embiid & the Sixers on Thursday
@ESPNLosAngeles9:49 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL leave Brooklyn with a 106-96 win in AD’s return, with LeBron sparkling towards 33 points.
They’re 2-1 on the 6-game trip, with Philly up next. – 9:49 PM
Austin Kent @AustinKent
i mean… lebron does need a steal moment… #NBATopShotThis pic.twitter.com/3WoODUO3Zx9:47 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron had lost 4 straight games when scoring 30. Not tonight.
33 PTS
7 REB
6 AST
3 STL
14-21 FG
W pic.twitter.com/ApdgXQCV9R9:47 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Lakers beat the Nets 106-93. LeBron James put on a show, James Harden didn’t get enough help and Anthony Davis did some things in his return. The Nets host the Nuggets tomorrow. – 9:47 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Final: Lakers 106, Nets 96.
The Lakers had 27 fast break points, held the Nets to just 18 points in the fourth quarter, LeBron had 33 points. They’ll need to string wins like this together, but they looked a lot like the team they wanted to be all along tonight. – 9:46 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin catching up postgame pic.twitter.com/W9f6uEJT0D9:46 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Final: Lakers 106, Nets 96
The Lakers improve to 24-24 and 14-14 with Anthony Davis in the lineup. LeBron James finished with 33 points (14-21 FGs), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. AD had 8 points and 3 blocks in 25 minutes.
Up next: at Philadelphia on Thursday. – 9:45 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Lakers win 106-96 to improve to 2-1 on six-game roadie. LeBron 33p on 14-of-21 7r 6a 3s 2b; Monk 22p on 6-of-12 from 3; Westbrook 15p on 7-of-14 6r 4a 5tos; Melo 13p; AD 8p 2r 2a 4b in 25 mins; Reaves 5r 6a; THT 0p on 0-of-6. – 9:44 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Nets may not be at full strength, but this W is still a step in the right direction for the Lakers. Hopefully it carries over with Philly next followed by Charlotte (Monk revenge game). – 9:44 PM
Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Hoooooly crap. The Clippers come back from down 35 in the second quarter to beat the Wizards 116-115. Luke Kennard fouled at the three-point line with 1.9 seconds to play and hits the free throw.
Next 6 for the Wiz: Grizzlies, Bucks, Sixers, Suns, Heat, Nets. – 9:44 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Bron with the house call on back-to-back plays ‼️ pic.twitter.com/BY2o1rFl7W9:43 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
A loss like this should send a message to Sean Marks that even if you’re banking on a healthy return of KD & Joe Harris & cool with Part-Time Kyrie, it’s unfair to put all of this on James Harden for home games. Get him some help, so he’ll have something left for the playoffs. – 9:42 PM
Rob Peterson @ShotDrJr
Never thought when I saw the Cavs win the Draft Lottery in Secaucus in 2003 that LeBron would be doing this 19 years later. – 9:40 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
First bucket of the game for +18 Austin Reaves, who has 6 assists, 4 boards (all offensive), 1 steal, 1 block and two offensive fouls drawn.
LAL in control up 106-91 as they’re 2:47 away from a good start to what they hope is a coming push, with Davis back. – 9:39 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
Melo: 25 PTS, 7 AST
Miles: 22 PTS, 4 REB
Bouk: 18 PTS, 2 REB
Mason: 12 PTS, 9 REB
Terry: 12 PTS, 6 AST
#AllFly | @drpepper pic.twitter.com/nr8l5frwJ49:35 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
It hasn’t been a perfect return for Anthony Davis, but the Lakers have looked all night like a team more confident and, frankly, relieved just from having him back. AK – 9:35 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Love Patty Mills’ game. Such a shame the Lakers couldn’t have swooped him up. – 9:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD back in, with LAL up 13, 4:23 left. He’d be at around 26 minutes if he closes it out. – 9:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
The Lakers weren’t playing Harden aggressively on defense early, but changed up the scheme out of that time out, blitzing him quickly with LeBron, to the desired result. – 9:34 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Lakers are embarrassing the Nets here in the 4th quarter. – 9:34 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron is 11 for 11 from 2 tonight. – 9:33 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Dang. LeBron James back-to-back steals that lead to breakaway slams. How old is he? – 9:32 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Joel Embiid tonight:
✅ 42 PTS
✅ 14 REB
✅ 4 BLK
Embiid has recorded at least 35p/10r in each of his last four games.
The only other players to record at least four such games in a row since the ABA-NBA merger are Karl Malone (5 in a row), Shaquille O’Neal, and Anthony Davis. pic.twitter.com/8PgXj3KG6W9:32 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James is up to 31 pts on 13-for-18 shooting after back-to-back steals and dunks here at Barclays Center. He celebrated the second one by pointing at somebody sitting courtside who knows a thing or two about defense himself: Michael Strahan. – 9:32 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Back-to-back steals and transition dunks from LeBron has the Lakers’ bench — and the large portion of the crowd cheering for the Lakers — on their feet. – 9:32 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Back to back LeBron James steals on sloppy #Nets play. Both lead to breakaway flushes. – 9:31 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
A lil’ show from @LeBron James, looking like the biggest free safety in the NFL, exploding into the passing lane for consecutive steals he dotted with big dunks.
LAL up 100-85, their biggest lead tonight. – 9:31 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Timeout, Steve Nash: LeBron James intercepts back-to-back poorly thrown passes for fastbreak dunks, and the Crypto.c–I mean Barclays Center crowd explodes. The Lakers are up 100-85 here in Brooklyn. LeBron has 31 and James Harden has 33. – 9:31 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron feasting on those lazy passes… Game about to be in the fridge! – 9:31 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Selena Gomez is sitting courtside. I can only assume she’s here to record an episode of “Only Murders In The Building” about what LeBron is currently doing to the rim. – 9:31 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
LEBRON JAMES – 9:31 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
LeBron with back to back steals that end in dunks. Lakers up 15 with 6:45 left. That likely is the swan song. – 9:31 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron is amazing, no other way to put it… – 9:30 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Back-to-back pocket picks by LeBron for dunks. Wow. – 9:30 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Patty Mills has given Harden a little help offensively — but in these home games without Kyrie and KD for the foreseeable future somebody else is going to have to help. The larger issue in short term is that the defense continues to be porous. Nets’ 14 turnovers don’t help. – 9:27 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Anthony Davis returns, watch him finish alley-oop from LeBon on first play nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/ant…9:25 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Austin Reaves has three offensive rebounds all in this shift, along with five assists for the night. He’s been great. – 9:24 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Those who have had 25 or more points in 18 consecutive games, listed by number of seasons in the league:
Year 12: Nobody
Year 13: Nobody
Year 14: Nobody
Year 15: Nobody
Year 16: Nobody
Year 17: Nobody
Year 18: Nobody
Year 19: LeBron James – 9:23 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD’s played 22 minutes thus far, towards 8 points, 2 assists, 2 boards and 4 blocks. LAL up 12 as LeBron returns at the 10:00 mark of the 4th Q.
We’ll see if AD returns for the final few minutes in his first game back after missing 17. – 9:22 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers challenge Anthony Davis’ fifth foul, and it’s successful. Pretty good get by Vogel. – 9:18 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Vogel challenged the 2nd 3-point foul LAL have been whistled for this half, this one called on AD, with Mills shooting quickly off a screen.
If it’s not overturned, it’ll be AD’s 5th foul, with 3 FT’s for Mills. LAL currently lead by 14. – 9:16 PM
Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
College Park Skyhawks beat the Long Island Nets, 105-102.
Jalen Johnson’s three-point play gave them a lead in the final minute and they forced a 5-second violation right after. – 9:15 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Third quarter: Lakers 92, Nets 78
The Lakers’ withstood the Nets’ third-quarter blows and closed the quarter well to extend their lead. LeBron James has 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Malik Monk has 22 points. Anthony Davis has 8 points (3-7 FGs), 1 rebound and 3 blocks. – 9:15 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
Weird how the Lakers’ season has made Austin Reaves’ impact plays even more important. Thought he would fit in on a contender doing stuff here and there while not doing too much but LA really needs someone like him given their current situation and that might be better for him? – 9:14 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
12 minutes to the finish line.
@LeBron James: 27 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
@Malik Monk: 22 pts (6/9 3P) pic.twitter.com/onLKMdwB0p9:12 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Lakers lead the Nets 92-78. Harden has 33. Mills is the only other Net in double-figures with 13. Nets shooting 21 percent from 3 and just 40 percent from the field. LeBron has 27. – 9:12 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Lakers 92, Nets 78 heading to the fourth quarter.
LeBron James with 27 points, Malik Monk with 22 points, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony with 11 points each and Anthony Davis with 8 points in 20 minutes so far in his return. – 9:12 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden has 33 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, but the Nets find themselves down against the Lakers, 92-78, entering the 4th quarter. No roster combination can account for the Nets’ lack of firepower: No KD, No Kyrie, and no Joe Harris against a healthy Lakers squad. – 9:12 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Harden got the Nets within two during the third but just too much firepower from LeBron and the Lakers. They lead 92-78 heading to the fourth. – 9:11 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Major impact from Austin Reaves, without scoring a point.
He’s doing pretty much any and everything else, and he’s a +17 off the bench in his 13 minutes. – 9:11 PM
Aamir Simms @EarlShmitty_
Them boys played so hard bro wtf I’m pissed! We should’ve won that game 😭 we better than them – 9:11 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Two terrific plays from Austin Reaves, one on defense (stripping Harden), then grabbing an offensive board to get ‘Melo a 2nd straight look at a 3, which he hit to put LAL up 92-78. – 9:10 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Nice finish in transition from Westbrook, who got Aldridge leaning and exploded the other way.
LAL are back up 10 late in the 3rd as Westbrook (11 points) joins Monk (19) and LeBron (27) in double figures. – 9:04 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron’s low man closeouts have been the stuff of LaMarcus Alridge’s nightmares. – 9:04 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Not having to play Nikola Jokic (28 minutes) this fourth quarter would be huge with a game tomorrow night at Brooklyn. Alas, lead is down to 10. – 9:04 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron came into this game shooting 76.6% in the restricted area, and is up to 77.2% now after hitting all 7 of his paint attempts tonight.
He’s added 2 3’s and 2 2-point jumpers, and is 11 for 14 overall for 27 points. – 9:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Bruce Brown just smoked an uncontested layup. That miss leads to a LeBron pull-up 3 that gives the Lakers an 84-73 lead. – 9:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron James passed the 25-point mark for the 18th straight game. The longest such streak in his career is 21 games. – 9:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
A foul by Bradley and a tech gives Harden four straight free throws. It’s a 71-69 game now. – 8:58 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
A 4-point possession for Brooklyn here, as Harden drew a foul shooting a 3, plus a technical on Bradley for arguing about it.
LAL led by as many as 14 late in the 2nd Q, and it’s down to just 2 at 71-69. – 8:58 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
I’ll give credit where it’s due: There’s no passiveness in James Harden’s game tonight: Harden did not play well against the Timberwolves but has 31 points, 7 assists and 8 rebounds here midway through the third quarter against the Lakers. – 8:58 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
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#AllFly | @AthleticBrewing pic.twitter.com/0bpnnTxxg98:58 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
The Lakers have 0 offensive rebounds tonight. The Nets have 16. – 8:53 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets have the Lakers’ lead down to six after a 3 from Harden. Timeout Frank Vogel. – 8:52 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Awful body language on the Lakers’ bench right now. – 8:52 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Quick back-to-back fouls on Davis. Subs out and the Lakers are small with Monk in for him. – 8:52 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Brooklyn has a massive 37-19 advantage on the glass … and LAL are still leading by 9 at 69-60.
LAL have made 27 FG’s, 8 3’s and 7 FT’s, and BKN just 24 FG’s (39.3%), 3 3’s and 9 FT’s. – 8:52 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Rebounding killing the Lakers…37-19 Brooklyn (16-0 Offensive)…How is that possible – 8:51 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron, who went 6 for 6 in the paint in the 1st half, and 0 for 3, from 3, just hit his 1st 3 of the night to keep LAL up double digits at 69-58. – 8:49 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kessler Edwards just tried to destroy Russell Westbrook – 8:49 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Russell Westbrook airball just sucked the life out the Lakers offense. Good lord. – 8:47 PM
Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
Why do we even bother anymore talking about what Westbrook should or shouldn’t do or how he should play or what he needs to figure out? A player without introspection won’t grow. – 8:46 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
GAME THEORY PODCAST: @matt_pennie is here!
A 2-hour show! Simmons/Harden! Then, Shaedon Sharpe.
Then, #PennieFieldTrip! He went to Auburn, G League Ignite, and OTE.
We do Mailbag, POTWs, Yellowjackets, and finish on Chris Mack/Louisville.
WATCH FIRST: youtube.com/watch?v=4xK75h…8:43 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Tonight @LeBron James has tied Lakers Legend Kobe Bryant for 14th-most games played in NBA history 💜💛 pic.twitter.com/XDHsWDFNJn8:42 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Halftime: Lakers 62, Nets 53
Malik Monk leads the Lakers with 16 points. LeBron James has 15 points. The Lakers have made it a point to push the pace, scoring 20 fast break points. They’ve also taken care of the ball with only four turnovers. The bench has played well. – 8:32 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Joe Harris got a second opinion on his ankle yesterday, according to Chris Haynes. – 8:32 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
Austin Reaves didn’t get the memo about never taking desperation shots at the end of quarters 1, 2 & 3. Protect your shooting percentage. Just pretend to take it. Don’t actually do it. – 8:31 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
#LakeShow up at the break.
@Malik Monk: 16 pts (4 3PM)
@LeBron James: 15 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast pic.twitter.com/tdIzPD916z8:30 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Strong half for the Lakers, 62-53 over the Nets…Lebron 15pts 6rebs 4ast…Monk with 16pts…AD with 8pts and 3blks – 8:30 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
If the Lakers hadn’t turned it over on that last possession, they’d have a double-digit lead. Still up 62-53 on the Nets at halftime. – 8:29 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Brooklyn got a bucket in the final seconds from Harden, off Westbrook’s 4th TO, trying to get the ball to LeBron.
LAL had only those 4 TO’s in the half, however, and shot 53.3% from the field, enough for a 62-53 lead despite BKN’s 14 2nd chance points. – 8:29 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Lakers lead the Nets 62-53. Harden with 22 after his floater beat the buzzer. Aldridge with nine. Nets need more scoring. Malik Monk has 16 off the bench. LeBron has 15. – 8:29 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash can’t be pleased with the defense again — Lakers are getting a lot of clean looks and have been able to play at a pace they like. Lakers scored 62 in first half and are shooting 53 percent from the field. – 8:29 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Stylistically, I think that half was the closest the Lakers have looked to their idealized selves all season.
Definitely a lot of room for improvement, but they played fast, were aggressive on defense and just had a hop in their step that’s been missing all year. – 8:28 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Very physical defense by LeBron on LMA. That jostling post-up ends on a foul, but for a minute there, it felt like Aldridge was searching for any bit of space. – 8:25 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
LeBron James looks very excited to have AD back. He’s really bringing a ton of energy on defense, flying around in rotations and defending the post. – 8:25 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
LeBron James just played the best defense I’ve seen anyone play on LaMarcus Aldridge this season. – 8:25 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
The Lakers are playing like a team that bet a parlay with them winning and the Harden “over.” AK – 8:24 PM
Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
I must say, Harden in Philly would be interesting. – 8:23 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
🔥🔥🔥 Malik Monk 🔥🔥🔥 – 8:20 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Malik Monk up to 16 points in the first half. He’s been sensational tonight. – 8:19 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Second great pass of the evening from Austin Reaves, who got Monk an open 3 earlier, and now Davis a dunk. – 8:18 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Austin Reaves can pass. – 8:18 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Four-point swing out of a time out, as Davis missed an easy alley-oop from Westbrook out of a time out, and BKN scored a layup in transition on the other end.
That capped a 6-0 BKN stretch to trim LAL’s lead to 47-39. – 8:16 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Beyond Harden carrying them (18 points, plus another 8 generated by his assists), Brooklyn is staying in this game in large part through second chance points. 13 so far, and not unrelated, nine offensive boards. AK – 8:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden has 18 of the Nets’ 37 points, but against a team without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the Lakers have more firepower.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Malik Monk and Anthony Davis have scored 36 points alone, and the Lakers have a 47-37 lead here in Q2. – 8:14 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
One problematic area for the Lakers tonight: defensive rebounding. Brooklyn has 13 second chance points, helping make up for their 16 for 43 shooting (37.2%). LAL have 0 2nd chance points, though they’re hitting 54.3%, so fewer opportunities. – 8:12 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
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#AllFly pic.twitter.com/fEesOPsM9j8:11 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Monk has 11 points already, with 3 3’s, and is +17 off the bench. – 8:10 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Lakers are on an extended 19-6 run. Brooklyn has been outscored 9-4 to open the second quarter – all with James Harden on the bench – and trail by 13. #Nets8:08 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin telling us how tigers are some of his favorite animals to watch in the wild. Didn’t he was so into Animal Planet. – 8:08 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
The LeBron-Melo-Monk-Reaves-THT lineup definitely can’t defend well enough against elite teams, but holy shit is it a joy to watch two Hall of Famers play with three athletic youngsters that can handle the ball. So much energy on the floor and it really showed. – 8:07 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Lakers so far tonight looking like what they hoped to look like. Davis dominant inside in his return, LeBron dominant everywhere, Carmelo and Monk red-hot off the bench. Lead 42-29 in Brooklyn. – 8:07 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
LeBron hedged the screen, recovered to Bembry, stayed in front of him attacking the closeout, challenged him at the rim and forced the miss
That might of been his best and most active defensive possession of the season – 8:07 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
LeBron channels Kareem to beat the buzzer 🔥
pic.twitter.com/Bx3uZcsTaT8:07 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Beautiful start, Lakers up 42-29… – 8:05 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron is 5 for 5 from 2, mostly at the rim, and 0 for 3 from 3 early. He was 1 for 8 from 3 at Miami, and 2 for 7 at Orlando. He’s shot the 3 ball well throughout most of the year, and said the shots felt great at Miami, just weren’t going in. – 8:05 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
I would simply tell the Nets defense to not let Melo walk into a top-of-key 3-pointer but what do I know – 8:05 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
LeBron was thinking lob the whole time 📈 pic.twitter.com/EMx6po4PJG8:04 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Nets‘ Nic Claxton returns from hamstring injury nypost.com/2022/01/25/net… via @nypostsports8:04 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Harden went 6-for-13 in the 1st quarter. Nets need to find some other options offensively. They are just 1-for-8 from beyond the arc/12-for-33 from the field. Lakers getting up and down the floor — 10 fast break points. The Nets don’t have any yet. – 8:04 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Nic Claxton making his return after missing the last seven games. #Nets8:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton checks back in. First game since Portland on Jan. 10. He just scored. – 8:01 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Not insignificant: The Lakers managed to play a few minutes without LeBron or AD, and the world didn’t collapse. AK – 7:59 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
First quarter: Lakers 33, Nets 25
The Lakers have played with more juice with Anthony Davis back, getting out in transition (10 fast break points) and to the rim (18 points in the paint). AD made his impact felt early, scoring 6 points on 2-of-3 shooting. LeBron has 8 points. – 7:59 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Strong way to start.
@LeBron James: 8 pts, 3 ast
@Anthony Davis: 6 pts, 3 blk pic.twitter.com/lu67LwUv4p7:59 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LAL lead 33-25 after 1.
A strong push from a LeBron-led small group produced a 12-2 run to close the quarter:
– Monk 3
– Melo 3
– LeBron layup
– J. Johnson (BKN) put-back
– Monk dunk
– LeBron layup – 7:58 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Lakers lead the Nets 33-25 after a buzzer-beating layup by LeBron. James Harden has 16 points. No other Nets has scored more than once. He needs help. Lakers had 10 fast break points. Nets had zero. – 7:57 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
#Lakers end the first on an 11-2 run – capped by LeBron James beating the buzzer. #Nets trail 33-25 after one. – 7:57 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Aside from the fourth quarter against Utah, that’s gotta be the most fun Lakers quarter in at least a month. – 7:57 PM
Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lakers lead 33-25 at the end of Q1…Lebron 8pts 3ast 3rebs…AD 6pts 3blks… – 7:57 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
Strong finish to the quarter for the Lakers. – 7:57 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron with the buzzer-beating running hook to put the Lakers up 33-25 at the break. That was a quick 10-2 run to seize the advantage. – 7:56 PM
Tas Melas @TasMelas
LaMarcus Aldridge is shooting 56.9% from the mid-range this season (a career high). That’s second among players who should a decent amount. Who’s first? – 7:56 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Harden has 15 of the Nets’ 22 points with 2:12 to go in the first. Save getting stripped a couple times by Avery Bradley, he’s in a very comfortable rhythm to start out. AK – 7:54 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden has 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. The rest of the #Nets have seven on 3-of-12, and they only lead by a point. Hard to see this as sustainable. – 7:53 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
James Harden might even outdo what he did to the Lakers on Christmas. Going to the line for his 16th point 9 1/2 minutes into the game. – 7:51 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
James Harden has 15 points and three assists in less than 10 minutes for the Nets. The Lakers finally have their big three, but the Beard is propping up Brooklyn on his own. – 7:51 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Barclays Center just exploded as Carmelo Anthony hit a turnaround fadeaway baseline jumper. Melo got applause the second he touched the ball, – 7:50 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
First play of the game. Great to have you back, @Anthony Davis 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dljoittWhw7:49 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Avery Bradley been locking up forever. – 7:49 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Nice block from behind by Davis on Cam Thomas. He looks pretty fluid out there for coming off injury. – 7:46 PM
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
An Oladipo update; my chat with D-Wade about Heat earlier today; NBA coaches, LeBron weigh in on Heat; Strus’ conversation with Monty Williams; other Heat things: miamiherald.com/sports/spt-col…7:42 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden has 11 quick points, coming out of the gate attacking. #Nets lead the #Lakers 15-12 with 6:36 left in the first. – 7:42 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
James Harden just lulled Anthony Davis to sleep then hit a step back 3 with Davis’ hand basically on his elbow. Harden has 11 points and has powered the Nets to an early 15-12 lead over the Lakers. – 7:41 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden has 11 of the Nets’ first 15 points to start the game. Has them up three on the Lakers with 6:36 left in the first quarter. – 7:41 PM
Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
i know this isn’t new or anything, but it’s crazy that the nets are a championship contender playing on national TV at barclays….and it feels like a road game with the lakers here. – 7:41 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Can’t say Harden hasn’t been aggressive to start this one. #Nets7:40 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Barclays Center sounds like Staples Center right now. Lots of Lakers fans in the building. (Sorry, not calling it Crypto.com Arena yet.) – 7:39 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Excellent individual defense by Kessler Edwards on LeBron James. – 7:38 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have only been on the floor together for 23 of LAL’s last 97 games, including the playoffs.
That tells the story of how these two seasons have gone more than anything else. – 7:37 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
A lot of Lakers/LeBron fans at Barclays tonight. Also a lot of empty seats at tipoff. Feels like it did when the Warriors were here a couple months ago. That was the night Steph was getting MVP chants on the road. – 7:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Harden broke out one of his typical moves to get a PF, hitting Johnson with his elbow to initiate contact before rising for a shot. That was an upset Johnson’s 2nd PF, bringing THT into the game already. – 7:35 PM
Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
AD didn’t wait long to announce his return to the lineup, as he hammered home an alley-oop from LeBron on the first possession here at Brooklyn.
Moments later, he drilled a long two. – 7:34 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
WELCOME BACK AD 💥💥💥 – 7:33 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kessler Edwards opens up on LeBron James. Lucky him. – 7:33 PM
Meghan Triplett @Meghan_Triplett
Anthony Davis is back I see 👀 – 7:33 PM
Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
AD didn’t take long to show he’s physically back, – 7:33 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Just :18 into his return AD making the #Nets feel him – 7:33 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
First Lakers basket comes on a dunk by Anthony Davis. – 7:32 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
We’re a few seconds away from tipoff here at Barclays Center, where LeBron James just threw his powder into the air, to the delight of the crowd. You can tell he’s in his element tonight, as Anthony Davis returns to the Lakers lineup. LeBron is about to put on a show. – 7:32 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Lots of our @The Athletic peeps in the house tonight. Follow @Bill Oram and @Jovan Buha for your Lakers needs and @Joe Vardon just because. – 7:32 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Tonight, my Lakers moneyline losing streak goes up against my “I have never been right about a Nets bet ever” streak. I honestly think the game is gonna end in a tie. – 7:28 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden says on the Barclays Center big screen in honor of Chinese New Year he’s giving 13 scholarships to kids in China. – 7:25 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
AD is back and immediately in the starting lineup: pic.twitter.com/AAR3OzWB6U7:07 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Love the starting lineup for the Lakers…
Lebron, AD, Stanley, Avery and Russ – 7:05 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
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#SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSoCal pic.twitter.com/o659eTEvB97:05 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters vs. the Lakers: Harden, Mills, Bembry, Edwards and Sharpe. – 7:04 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
Anthony Davis is officially back. pic.twitter.com/xCIbW6jv4f7:01 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Lakers starters: Westbrook, Bradley, LeBron, Johnson and Davis. – 7:00 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
First five on the floor tonight: pic.twitter.com/qCMjUbzqYI7:00 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
It’s about that time…
📍 – Toronto, ON
🆚 – @Toronto Raptors
⏰ – 7PM EST
📺 – @HornetsOnBally
📻 – @WFNZ 610 AM/102.5 FM pic.twitter.com/d1MgVmg1rV6:59 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Frank Vogel says Lakers realized there wasn’t going to be time to get Anthony Davis 5-on-5 practice work to build back up conditioning. He’ll do it in games starting tonight in Brooklyn. – 6:43 PM
Chiney Ogwumike @chiney
This isn’t just a squad… @McDAAG is a FAMILY! 💯🔥
Shoutout to @DariannaBuggs22 @Wallace_Cason @Timea_Gardiner @Gradey_Dick, Ashlyn Watkins and the Class of ‘22!
I’ll see y’all on the floor real soon. #ad pic.twitter.com/iKHVkzx3zk6:36 PM

Charlotte Hornets @hornets
5️⃣ 🖐 5️⃣ 🖐 5️⃣
#AllFly | @CrumblCookies pic.twitter.com/X29hgqJkYq6:30 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Does AD turnaround the Laker Season? – 6:29 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel on AD: ” we are still viewing these first few games as not out of the woods yet. This is going to be his reconditioning phase. He’s gonna do it in games. And there might be some stretches where he’s out of sync and out of rhythm. We’re expecting that.” – 6:22 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
To celebrate our Chinese New Year game, we partnered with @PandaExpress and gave each of the fans in attendance a lucky red envelope and a chance to unlock special rewards! Red envelopes symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead. pic.twitter.com/BxvvqZjixx6:21 PM

Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Tell me Harden wasn’t out clubin’ night between road games in San Antonio and Minnesota!! Thirteen points on 5-13 in an 11-point, defenseless (136-125) loss. I did not watch so I’m guessing his man was Edwards, who notched 25 in same amount if time. – 6:16 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
AD makes his return today 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/h8IvcKJ2ZR6:13 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel acknowledged that they’re now doing more switching than he’s ever done in the past as a coach, because that has seemed to fit their defensive personnel the best. They still have some coverages for guys like Harden in the arsenal, but defense is evolving. – 6:10 PM
Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Steve Nash on report James Harden is concerned with Kyrie & rotations: “I haven’t spoken to him about these things. I’m not sure what to believe. James & I speak all the time. I think we have a great relationship. I’m not sure the validity of these comments to be honest with you” pic.twitter.com/MC4ZrDxjvE6:06 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Anthony Davis will start tonight, as expected. He has no hard minutes limit, but Vogel said they’ll be mindful of his work load. – 6:03 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m not sure the validity of these comments to be honest with you…. so I don’t see James as saying a lot of this stuff and I feel like our relationship has been really good….”
-Steve Nash was asked about a recent report suggesting James Harden is unhappy with #Nets pic.twitter.com/ykaV8cAxNo6:03 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel on Anthony Davis: “We missed his defensive versatility and his length at the basket.” – 6:03 PM
Brad Turner @BA_Turner
“He’s in,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said about Anthony Davis playing tonight vs. Nets. – 6:03 PM
Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel confirms the Yahoo report that Anthony Davis will play tonight:
“He’s in.” – 6:02 PM
Bill Oram @billoram
Anthony Davis returning to the lineup tonight in Brooklyn, Frank Vogel confirms. – 6:02 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Frank Vogel says of Anthony Davis: “He’s in.” – 6:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Frank Vogel confirms Anthony Davis is playing tonight. – 6:02 PM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Anthony Davis is playing tonight, per Frank Vogel. – 6:02 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Frank Vogel confirms that Anthony Davis will make his return tonight against the Nets. – 6:02 PM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
Anthony Davis injury update: Lakers star to return on a minutes restriction Tuesday vs. Nets
cbssports.com/nba/news/antho…6:01 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Naturally, Harden would love to rejoin his Houston enabler, as well as get out of New York where the competition for adulation outside strip clubs is far too fierce… – 5:55 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis (MCL sprain) will return tonight against the Brooklyn Nets after a month-long absence and will be on a minutes restriction, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @YahooSports. – 5:55 PM
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash says Claxton is back tonight. Big boost for the Nets — especially with AD coming back for the Lakers. – 5:51 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said he thinks Nic Claxton will play tonight. #Nets5:51 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash expects Nic Claxton to play tonight. – 5:51 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash said his relationship with James Harden is strong and said he hasn’t heard any issues with rotations. #Nets5:51 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
The Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets tonight. Tomorrow will mark two years since the tragic passing of Kobe and Gigi Bryant and seven others. This mural of Kobe and Gigi is still up across the street from Barclays Center. instagram.com/tv/CZK4905lSGf…5:50 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Asked Steve Nash about reports that James Harden is concerned about Kyrie Irving’s part-time status but also Nash’s rotations. He said he’d “just heard about the reports” but adds he speaks to Harden all the time & hadn’t heard any of those complains. #Nets5:50 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“I’m not sure the validity of these comments.”
-Says Steve Nash regarding reports James Harden is frustrated with Nets lineups and other elements. Says he hasn’t spoken to James about this but that it doesn’t sound like Harden. – 5:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Asked about James Harden’s reported complaints about the situation in Brooklyn, Steve Nash said he just heard of them and shoots it down. Think they have a good working relationship. – 5:48 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash said he just heard about the James Harden reports: “James and I speak all the time, we have a great relationship, so I’m not sure the validity of the reports.” – 5:48 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
By virtue of those leaks to Morey’s media protectors who live off his Intravenous info, 76ers, seems 2 me R pressuring BK 2 trade Harden 4 Simmons b4 deadline or risk losing him when he opts out this summer. Harden is conspires, it appears, by expressing displeasure w/situation – 5:43 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New episode of @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane and I talk about James Harden cooling on BKN, Jerami Grant drawing interest around the league and the Hawks maybe looking to move John Collins. We’re closing in on 15K subscribers. Put us over the top!
youtu.be/B4mBUCg8ab05:42 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
INJURY REPORT vs TOR
Gordon Hayward (R Foot Discomfort) is out.
Jalen McDaniels (L Ankle Sprain) is out.
#AllFly | @NovantHealth pic.twitter.com/UzhMxFPyzz5:26 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Nets star James Harden intent on becoming free agent nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/rep…5:26 PM
Peter Vecsey @PeterVecsey1
Rather than remain anonymous regarding the plethora of James Harden ‘Philly is interested’ leaks, I’’d like to see Daryl Morey take the tampering hit, and go on the record as he did with Hong Kong… – 5:24 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
The Nets live chat makes its 2022 debut at noon tomorrow. Join us: theathletic.com/3092231/2022/0…5:23 PM
Sharife Cooper @SharifeCooper
yoooo @Coop__10 @_chrisliv24 @ayannap34 @gvanslooten40 an J.J starling ! wanted to extend a big congrats to u guys for making the @McDAAG game. i remember how excited i was !!! it’s y’all turn now, show em what you made of ! 💪🏽 #ad pic.twitter.com/swOIBHCg1Q5:12 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
What’s really going on with this James Harden to the 76ers news cycle? Some smoke and some mirrors for sure, but also some cause for concern.
Dissected the recent Harden-to-Philly reports for @NYDNSports
nydailynews.com//sports/basket…5:03 PM
Mark Deeks @MarkDeeksNBA
Do you realise how difficult it is to explain to my quiz friends – who have heard about Russell Westbrook through his statistical dominance, one of the very few NBA players they know of – why he might be about to be cut? – 4:57 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
The Lakers play the Brooklyn Nets tonight at Barclays Center. This Kobe and Gigi mural is still across the street from the arena. @kobemurals pic.twitter.com/HMYaZpRd2r4:50 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, some pregame listening. Today’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! What to watch for with Anthony Davis’ return, on the court and moving forward, plus the latest chatter about a Westbrook/Wall 2.0 trade. Does this make sense for the Lakers?
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ant…4:36 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
The @FungBros recently came to @BarclaysCenter for a game and to check out all of the amazing food options. Heading to the arena this week? See what they recommend 👀 – 4:34 PM
James Harden @JHarden13
It’s my honor to announce @OnlyJWalsh @tyesouthside @ju1ianphillips @NIVAR_2022 @dariq_whitehead have been selected to play in the 2022 @McDAAG keep chasing your dreams! #ad pic.twitter.com/fT9IA3IaaY4:31 PM

Anthony Edwards @theantedwards_
We celebrating tonight! These hoopers are going to @McDAAG 2022: @Mark_mitchell25 @D1_Ruby2 @iamKijaniWright @Ashlon3Jackson @_CamWhitmore_. It’s your time now, go get it. #ad pic.twitter.com/KtLtrvDXB74:31 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor, determined by Rolling Player Ratings and team success:
1. Nikola Jokic: 16.22
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 15.38
3. LeBron James: 14.94
4. Joel Embiid: 14.31
5. Kevin Durant: 14.21
6. Stephen Curry: 13.85
7. Trae Young: 13.79
8. James Harden: 13.23 pic.twitter.com/qfoLnDbC194:30 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New Mismatch with @Chris Vernon on the up-and-down Hawks, Hunter, Dosunmu continuing to excel for the Bulls, latest Lakers news, and more. Then @AdamLefkoe from @NBAonTNT joins to discuss the latest on Simmons, Harden, the Chiefs, and collecting. open.spotify.com/episode/6lxc4S…3:36 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden’s frustration with Kyrie Irving could impact #Nets future nypost.com/2022/01/25/jam… via @nypostsports3:28 PM
Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers
Battle in the Big Apple
⏰: 4:30 p.m. PT
📺: @SpectrumSN & TNT
📻: ESPN LA 710 & 1330 KWKW
#LakeShow x @socios
nba.com/lakers/news/th…3:00 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Lakers resigned to trying to win with, not trade, Russell Westbrook: ‘There is no Plan B’ nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/25/lak…2:37 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: NYK/CLE; Trade Teams Posturing w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDC9m6F pic.twitter.com/8Z8t5dhsAF2:00 PM

Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
Next 7 games Wizards have toughest schedule in NBA, opponents winning percentage is 63%
vs. LA Clippers (23-25)
@ Memphis (32-17)
@ Milwaukee (30-19)
@ Philadelphia (27-19)
vs. Phoenix (37-9)
vs. Miami (30-17)
vs. Brooklyn (29-17) – 1:50 PM
Jabari Young @JabariJYoung
So to wrap it up:
#Cheifs #Bills 42.7 million viewers
#Rams #Bucs 40 million viewers
#49ers #Packers 36.9 million
#Bengals #Titans 30.7 million
Total ad spend around those 4 #NFL playoff games roughly $178 million (via EDO)
#Sports #Business
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