Lakers Anthony Davis’ 34 points help put away the Spurs

After a disappointing loss against the Timberwolves, AD stepped it up for the Lakers and scored 27 points in just the first half to end up with 34 points and defeat the Spurs by 114-106.

The Lakers went into their Sunday afternoon game against the San Antonio Spurs with a sense of urgency following a humiliating blowout loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Friday, a setback that prompted Anthony Davis to blast his team in postgame comments  L.A. laboured to put away the Spurs, but won for the first time in over a week, defeating San Antonio 114-106 to improve to 8-6 on the season.

Davis, who began at the centre, led the way with 27 points in the first half, a new season-high for a Laker in a single half. He finished with 34 points on 14-24 shooting, 15 rebounds, and assists, confirming the edge he showed following Friday’s setback. Davis did not have as many opportunities in the second half because the Spurs frequently sent double team his way, but he still helped facilitate the offence, and the attention he garnered helped guys like Malik Monk and Wayne Ellington open up three-pointers. Off the bench, Monk and Ellington both offered significant scoring boost, Ellington had the type of game Lakers were hoping for when they brought him back, going 5 of 8 from the field with all the 5 makes coming in as 3 pointers.

Frank Vogel finally made a change in the starting lineup, replacing Kent Bazemore, DeAndre Jordan, and the injured LeBron James with Avery Bradley, Carmelo Anthony, and Talen Horton-Tucker, who made his season debut after missing the previous two seasons due to a thumb injury. The 20-year-old made an immediate impact on both sides of the floor, as several of his trademark acrobatic basket finishes came after the Spurs had cut their advantage to a single possession late in the fourth quarter, and his defence kept San Antonio slightly off balance when he was on the court. He shot 7-14 from the field for 17 points.

 

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