Anthony Davis was the highlight of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 113-105 victories over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena in a game where Stephen Curry’s return was the major narrative.
In addition to a game-high 39 points, Anthony Davis also had eight rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. This was his fourth straight 28-plus point effort. He was the driving force behind the Lakers’ five-game winning streak over Golden State. Also Read: Los Angeles Lakers vs Golden State Warriors Final Injury Report date – 5/03/2023: Are Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala Playing against Los Angeles Lakers Tonight?
Anthony Davis steps up against the Warriors
Golden State was the favorite to win, especially given they were on a five-game winning streak, even with James and D’Angelo Russell out indefinitely and Curry making his comeback after missing 11 games. Up until Klay Thompson’s three-pointer with just under two minutes left in the game, the Lakers had a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter.
With fewer than 50 seconds left in the game, Anthony Davis made two important free throws and a crucial jump shot after Curry missed a long shot while in a prominent position. Golden State began to play the foul game after a number of missed baskets and missed free throw attempts, but the Lakers were able to shoot a perfect 10-for-10 in the fourth quarter.
Both teams fought valiantly in the last period, and it appeared as though Curry might push his team beyond the finish line, but AD was outstanding in bringing the game to a close. With just the right amount of defensive and offensive help from the rest of the squad, the Lakers were able to stave off Golden State for the much-needed victory thanks to his 12 points in the game’s final frame. Also Read: With a thrilling 133-130 victory, James Harden and Joel Embiid end the Bucks’ 16-game-winning run
Davis making it for the Lakers, Without LeBron James
LeBron James has spent years attempting to transfer control to a younger wingman. If Kyrie Irving hadn’t asked for a trade, it might have happened with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis established himself as a respectable sidekick, but he suffered without James. Together, the two of them were exceptional, but Davis missed games frequently, and when James went hurt, Davis found it difficult to keep the Lakers afloat.
Anthony Davis had an 11-19 record in games he played in without James in his first three seasons in Los Angeles. In seven games, he scored 24.1 points and grabbed 9.3 rebounds, which is a respectable effort for most players but not quite enough to carry the top-heavy Lakers club without James. LeBron’s absences will increase in frequency as he approaches 40. With James gone, Davis had to step up, especially now that the Laker season was on the line.
Even with James out, the Lakers’ fortunes are in order. If Davis can maintain this level of play, the Lakers can stay afloat long enough for LeBron to recuperate and develop into one of the most dangerous teams the play-in round has ever produced. The Anthony Davis we saw in previous seasons wasn’t capable of handling this. However, today? He is exactly the kind of coworker James wanted to lead his team while he heals.
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