KEY POINTS

  • Russell Westbrook has regained his excellent form, steering the Lakers to victory
  • Anthony Davis lend a helping hand to Westbrook to tightly secure the win
  • Westbrook’s real test is on whether he can deliver a similar performance when LeBron James is around

Russell Westbrook is someone who can take his game to another level when needed.

Seeing how his first few games in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform have not exactly been impressive, the 32-year-old finally showed everyone why he is a former NBA Most Valuable Player.

Westbrook practically took the place of LeBron James for the Lakers, teaming up with Anthony Davis to push the Lakers past the San Antonio Spurs, 125-121.

The nine-time All-Star finished with a near triple-double of 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists. Davis led the way for the Lakers with 35 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.

It was a slow start for Westbrook, but he heated up in the nick of time. The performance is a big confidence booster although head coach Frank Vogel still needs more help off the bench.

Only Malik Monk and Austin Reaves were able to finish in double figures with 17 and 10 points respectively.

Significantly missing was Carmelo Anthony, someone who could have stepped as well in the absence of James.

Anthony finished with only four points and four rebounds in 30 minutes of action.

All Westbrook has to do now is to keep that confidence level up and hope that he can deliver the same level of performance once James is ready to return to action.

But the real key for the Lakers is how head coach Frank Vogel can get the stars to play.

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs teammate Anthony Davis #3 Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs teammate Anthony Davis #3. Photo: Getty Images | Ronald Cortes