The Los Angeles Lakers saw the rebirth of Talen Horton-Tucker in the victory over the Sacramento Kings.
After a hot three-game streak at the start of his year averaging 23 points, Horton-Tucker cooled off considerably and only found that stride on Tuesday.
He scored 19 points on 9 of 13 shots, including his first triple in 17 attempts, with six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
The bulk of its production came in the first half of the year, at a time when LeBron James and his company didn’t have many responses to Sacramento’s big lineup.
Although James and Malik Monk stepped up in the fourth quarter with big baskets, Horton-Tucker was central to this victory as he also made timely baskets in the final period.
LeBron praised Horton-Tucker after the game and revealed the advice he gave the 21-year-old combo guard during his cold stretch.
“It was phenomenal, it was so rewarding, it was amazing to see Talo being himself, coming to himself once again,” said James. “His ability to score the ball, his ability to enter the lane and finish, his ability to shoot, we missed that. I know he missed that too, but he told him to be himself. Continue to be yourself and tonight he was. We needed everything he gave us tonight.
Horton-Tucker raises this team’s ceiling if he can still play like that on both ends of the pitch. How he comes out in the next two games will certainly be revealing.
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