Lakers lose despite historic performance from AD
The Lakers were riding a three-game win streak into Tuesday’s game against the Suns thanks in large part to Anthony Davis’s monster effectiveness recently. The winning streak was put to bed in a 115-105 loss to the Suns tonight, but Davis’ dominant play continued with a line that must be seen to be believed: 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks. A performance for the Ages
According to NBA Stats & INFO:
Davis is the only player to record a line of blocks and steals since the statistic was introduced in 1973.
This is remarkable to me. Watching the first half of this game, I found myself saying, “same ol’ A.D.” as he wasn’t getting into the paint and forcing downhill action like had been in his three previous performances, instead lingering around the perimeter and taking jump shots (he made two early on, but I thought this was a bad sign). But the Suns were cutting the downhill stuff off, and Davis remained patient while the Lakers somewhat neutralized him by leaving him behind and pushing the pace.
Until some lanes started opening up on rolls, and in transition, he crashed the offensive glass and got to the free-throw line, which has been a theme of this recent run. By the end, Davis had made 15 of 16 free throws and 11 of 17 shots. He engulfed rebounds all night. He was late to react to a few actions in the paint defensively, or perhaps he was just exhausted by the end of an effort like this, but you can’t ask for more from a guy who is now just the third player in Lakers history to record four straight 30-15 games. He joins some pretty good company.
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