The Los Angeles Lakers have started the season with a 7-0 record on the road for the first time in their history but star forward Anthony Davis didn't appear to be too impressed about the feat. On Wednesday, the Lakers absolutely dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder as they won 128-99 on the road.
"Is it really a road game? You don't know. There's no fans," Davis told reporters on a video conference call after the Thunder game, per ESPN. "So, the court [design] is the only difference. But we go out and try to compete each and every night.
We're still trying to figure things out, and when we get a win out of it, it just makes it a bonus." Before the Thunder game, the Lakers won back-to-back games on the road against the Houston Rockets. "It was great to see some fans in Houston," LeBron James said.
"Me playing the game that I love to play, then along with the fans, it's something I dream about all the time."
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"We want to be a team that adheres to the protocols better than the rest of the teams in the league," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. "We want to be the best at that." Four-time NBA champion James underlined the Lakers take COVID-19 seriously.
"We just have a bunker mentality when we go on the road; it's just us," James said. "And obviously, it's even more just us, because of the restrictions and the COVID and everything that's going on.
So we come together even closer." Meanwhile, Lakers center Montrezl Harrell was extremely happy with the team's road record. "Honestly, at the end of the day, man, you got to respect it, because we went out and played the games, no matter whether the fans were there or not," Harrell said.
"Can't no fans score a single basket or make a stop on a defensive possession. "So we went on the road and we still carried out our game plan both offensively and defensively to win the game. So I don't care if fans are in the arena or not.
That has nothing to do with what's going on in between those four lines. So, I don't pay that any mind. We came out, we've done a great job on the road thus far and we'll just continue."