In the recent second-round series game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, Anthony Davis led his team to a 117-112 win by playing every minute of the second half and recording an impressive 30 points, 23 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks. Davis became one of only five players in Lakers history to record a 30-20 game in the playoffs. He started his damage early in the game, putting up 23 points and 11 rebounds in the first half. His teammates shot 5-for-5 when they shot off his feeds, and the Warriors shot just 4-for-17 on shots that Davis contested.
Davis missed 20 games in the season due to an injury, and the Lakers were careful about his workload. Coach Darvin Ham said that they had to manage their players’ loads throughout the regular season to push them further during the postseason, where everything is at its peak. With Davis’ help, the Lakers put the Warriors on their heels and started the series by winning the first game.
Despite Davis’ greatness, LeBron James had an off shooting night, making only 9-for-24 shots and one out of eight 3-point shots. The Lakers will face the Warriors again in Game 2 on Thursday, and Davis expects the game to be different. Both teams will make adjustments, and the crowd will be more into it. However, Davis will continue to be aggressive in his game to help his team win.