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Anthony Davis providing Lakers exactly what they need: MVP-level performances

Lakers forward Anthony Davis, left, shoots under pressure from San Antonio Spurs forward Gorgui Dieng during the first half of the Lakers’ 123-92 victory Sunday at Crypto.com Arena. (Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)

Eventually, it’ll be harder for the Lakers to follow this path, the one that everyone seems to agree is the one with the best chance of leading the team to a successful season.

But for now, with LeBron James on the bench recovering from a strained adductor muscle, there’s no doubt about what the team needs from Anthony Davis.

Him being great, playing at a most-valuable-player caliber once again, is the clearest pathway to Western Conference relevance.

And, for the third consecutive game, he’s given the Lakers everything they could possibly need.

Davis scored at least 30 points for the third straight game and for the third straight time, the Lakers left the court winners, this time beating the San Antonio Spurs 123-92 on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.

“We just locked in,” Davis said.

Early in the fourth, Davis went to the bench with 30 points, 18 rebounds, three steals and a block. The Lakers were up big — so big, in fact, that Vin Diesel felt comfortable enough to come down behind the Lakers bench to say hello.

Davis and James then jokingly challenged him to drive a car off of the Lakers’ home arena and do a flip or something.

“If you’re as good as you say you are…” Davis said he told the actor.

Really, for the first time this season, the Lakers looked completely comfortable for the entirety of a game, the mental lapses happening in relative blinks in between long stretches of dominance.

The Lakers were 34 points better than San Antonio in Davis’ 28 minutes.

Just like he did in wins against Brooklyn and Detroit, Davis dominated at the rim, his presence making life easier for the Lakers’ perimeter players.

“AD has to be the leading force, the leading charge just in terms of how we want to play inside and outside basketball,” coach Darvin Ham said after the win Friday. “Pressure on the rim, pressure in the paint constantly. … The biggest thing is we know we have to get AD going….

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Author : LA Times

Publish date : 2022-11-21 04:55:56

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