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'We are pretty hard to beat,' Ham on how Rui Hachimura makes the difference

The Lakers got a huge win before the NBA All-Star break with an outstanding performance by Rui Hachimura

By James Brown

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The Los Angeles Lakers now have a 3-game winning streak thanks to their latest win over the Utah Jazz the team was not only short-handed but even LeBron James missed tonight's contest but Anthony Davis and Rui Hachimura took the lead to help the team get a huge victory.

Darvin Ham praised Rui Hachimura for bringing a physicality for the Lakers. "We need Rui to be great in order for us to be great... When he's playing like that along with the other weapons we have, we're pretty hard to beat."

Anthony Davis and Rui Hachimura become the first pair of Lakers teammates since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (2003) to both score 35+ points in the same game. Something LeBron James hasn't been able to do with AD in the Lakers.

Anthony Davis scored 37 points, 13/24 FG, 1/2 3PT, 10/13 FT, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and one block with a +18 in the plus/minus. Rui Hachimura scored a career-high 36 points 12/18 FG, 5/7 3PT, 4/5 FT, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block with +19 in the plus/minus.

The Lakers players that missed tonight's game vs. the Jazz

Max Christie with right ankle sprain, LeBron James with left ankle peroneal tendinopathy, Cam Reddish with right ankle sprain, Jarred Vanderbilt with right midfoot sprain, and Gabe Vincent with left knee surgery are out.

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