Anthony Davis led the LA Lakers to a 120-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, posting a fantastic performance at Staples this Tuesday. The Eyebrow posted 40 points and 20 rebounds in just 31 minutes on the floor, and in spite of the issues, he had with his shoulder.
AD exploded in the third, once he dropped 20 on the Grizzlies who couldn’t restrain him. Though, we need to add that he scored 18 of his points in that sequence from the free-throw line, not missing a single attempt. He alone made the difference on the floor, as the Lakers won that part of the contest with 39-20. It was the period when the purple and gold took control of the match and broke the resistance of the feisty Grizzlies.
The guests from Tennessee had a 13-point lead in the opening period, as they opened the game with a 15-2 run. But as soon as the Lakers woke up, the game became close. The second quarter was very interesting to see, as teams traded buckets, and there weren’t some big runs.
Grizzlies had a 6-point advantage in the third quarter, 65-59, when they suddenly stopped and allowed the hosts to make a 27-2 series. Ja Morant and his teammates couldn’t score for the last 5:47 of that sequence. We need to stress out that several of the fouls awarded to the Lakers a bit frustrated the youngsters from Memphis and that this might disrupted their focus and composure.
Nevertheless, they couldn’t stop Davis, who became the first player since Shaquille O’Neal with a 40-20 game. He was resting the entire last period, as coach Frank Vogel didn’t want to risk aggravating his shoulder soreness. Davis also set e new franchise record with 26 free throws made, missing just one for the entire contest.
“I was really just trying to forget that,” Davis said about his shoulder.”It would bother me a lot, it was very sore, but I didn’t want to come out of the game.”
He also said that the shoulder seems fine now, and that he hopes all the pain would go away shortly.
“I’m fine, its still a little sore, I got hit on a couple of times tonight. But we got a couple of days before we play again so hopefully it’s gonna be a lot better by then.”
LeBron James was there to assist the All-Star center. LBJ had 23 points, and 8 dimes, but also had 6 turnovers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 with 6 boards, while Avery Bradley had 12.
The Lakers were shooting very poorly outside the three-point line, hitting 7 of their 26 attempts. However, they managed to control the glass well and to have 54 rebounds, while Memphis collected 46.
The Grizzlies had just three players with 10 or more buckets. Ja Morant had a team-high 16 buckets, but with only two assists. Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards while Grayson Allen contributed with 13 points off the bench. Memphis, too, had an awful night from behind the arc, 7 for 34, 20.6%.
Lakers (3-1) now have three consecutive games outside the staples. The first one in Dallas against the Mavs, then in San Antonio, and eventually in Chicago.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies (1-3) go back to Memphis to have a three-game homestand. It starts on Saturday against the Suns, then stretches vs. the Rockets and the Timberwolves.
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