Dazzling Anthony Davis pushes Lakers through a late Spurs run for a bounce-back win

2021-11-15 04:55
Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis scored 34 points, including 27 in the first half, and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the Los Angeles Lakers (8-6) 114-106 (34-29, 26-26, 30-24, 24-27) past the visiting San Antonio Spurs (4-9).

Talen Horton-Tucker added 17 points in his season debut for Los Angeles, with Malik Monk scoring 16, Wayne Ellington and Carmelo Anthony 15 each, and Russell Westbrook recording 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles played without LeBron James, who is battling an abdominal strain and missed his sixth straight game. Bouncing back after a loss to the Timberwolves, the Lakers have won three of their past four matches and are 4-4 this season in games in which James hasn't played.

Player of the Game
Anthony  Davis
Anthony Davis
Points 34
Accuracy 14-24
Rebounds 15
Assists 6

The Lakers led 34-29 after one quarter after Ellington hit a running 3-pointer that just beat the buzzer to end the period. Davis scored 19 points in the first 12 minutes that included three dunks and two 3-pointers.

Capping off a 14-0 run, Los Angeles scored the first eight points of the second quarter to go up 42-29 and led by as many as 14, at 56-42, once Ellington banked home a 3-pointer with 3:32 to play in the half.

Spurs, however, responded as Murray scored nine points in the final three minutes to help cut the deficit to 60-55 at intermission.

Davis scored 27 points in the first half (on 12-of-16 shooting) as the Lakers outshot San Antonio 55.6 percent to 50 percent from the field.

The Lakers expanded that advantage to 90-79 heading into the final period.

Inspired by sophomore Devin Vassell, San Antonio roared back to pull off a 15-4 run, pulling to 105-103 on a Doug McDermott 3-pointer with 2:41 to play before a 7-0 run by the Lakers, followed by two free throws by Davis sealed the game. 

Lakers: Anthony Davis 34 (12/21 2PT, 2/3 3PT, 15 REB, 6 AST), Talen Horton-Tucker 17 (6/9 2PT, 1/5 3PT), Malik Monk 16 (4/6 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 4 AST), Carmelo Anthony 15 (2/3 3PT, 5 REB), Wayne Ellington 15 (5/7 3PT), Russell Westbrook 14 (3/5 3PT, 11 REB, 7 AST, 7 TO).

Spurs: Keldon Johnson 24 (3/9 2PT, 6/9 3PT, 6 REB), Dejounte Murray 22 (7/15 2PT, 2/5 3PT, 10 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL), Devin Vassell 19 (4/7 3PT, 7 REB), Thaddeus Young 17 (8/14 2PT, 9 REB), Derrick White 10 (2/7 3PT, 5 AST), Doug McDermott 8 (2/5 3PT).

Anthony Davis' performance

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