Anthony Davis bullies Timberwolves in Lakers’ victory

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Los Angeles Lakers ahead Anthony Davis, heart, dunks over Minnesota Timberwolves ahead Jaden McDaniels, left, throughout the first half of an NBA basketball sport in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 10, 2024. (AP Photograph/Eric Thayer)

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis had 27 factors, a season-high 25 rebounds and a career-high seven steals whereas main the Los Angeles Lakers to a 120-109 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night time.

Davis added 5 assists and three blocked photographs in probably the most prolific video games of his embellished profession. The nine-time All-Star feasted on a Minnesota lineup lacking its prime two massive males and 4 regulars as a result of accidents, grabbing 21 rebounds within the second half alone and main a 21-4 rally to start the fourth quarter whereas the Lakers pulled away to their twelfth win in 17 video games.

“Once we’re on the market having enjoyable, all people’s confidence is excessive,” Davis stated. “Once we’re speaking trash to the opposite group, we’re holding one another accountable, and we’re simply taking part in the fitting method. We all know what it takes. It’s nearly having the consistency of taking part in that method each night time.”

Davis is barely the eighth participant because the 1982-83 season with no less than 25 factors, 25 rebounds and 5 assists in a sport, in response to Sportradar. Nikola Jokic did it final season, becoming a member of a brief checklist that features Charles Barkley and Kevin Garnett.

“Ten offensive rebounds is loopy,” stated Austin Reaves, who scored 19 factors for Los Angeles. “I did really feel any time we shot and missed, he was there to provide us a second-chance alternative with offensive rebounds, get himself to the road. The steals, I don’t know. The steals are loopy. Seven steals may be very, very spectacular.”

LeBron James had 29 factors, 9 assists and eight rebounds because the Lakers knocked off one other prime group following wins over Oklahoma Metropolis and Milwaukee on their six-game homestand. Los Angeles (36-30) is six video games above .500 for the primary time because the ultimate day of the 2021-22 common season.

Naz Reid scored 25 factors and hit 5 3-pointers in his first begin of the season for Minnesota, which hit 16 of its season-high 46 3-point makes an attempt. Reid delivered his second straight excellent efficiency after scoring a career-high 34 towards Cleveland final Friday, however the Wolves’ depleted inside protection couldn’t cease Davis with out Rudy Gobert or Karl-Anthony Cities.

“This group is No. 2 within the West, and nonetheless a great group,” Davis stated. “Clearly, they’re lacking key elements of their group, however they nonetheless have guys who could make performs, they usually nonetheless discover a technique to win ballgames. We simply needed to come back out as a group effort and realizing that wherever we’re within the standings and the way essential this sport was, making an attempt to shut the hole within the standings.”

Anthony Edwards additionally scored 25 factors for the Timberwolves, who’ve misplaced 4 of six. Minnesota missed 9 consecutive photographs to begin the fourth quarter whereas Los Angeles pulled away.

“Ball motion dried up a bit of bit, however actually it was the offensive rebounds on the different finish of the ground that damage us extra within the fourth,” Minnesota coach Chris Finch stated. “I felt assured we have been capable of come again, however so many second photographs, and it’s troublesome at that time. … (Davis) ought to have dominated us. He had measurement. He had size. He had all that stuff. He was within the paint for seven, eight seconds each time they shot the ball. It’s simple to go get it. However we’ve acquired to do a greater job rooting him out.”

James returned after sitting out as a result of damage for the ninth time this season when the Lakers shocked Milwaukee 123-122 on Friday night time behind D’Angelo Russell’s 44-point efficiency. Davis injured his left shoulder throughout that sport in a collision with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but it surely didn’t visibly sluggish him.

Edwards performed via an ankle damage, however Gobert sat out with proper hamstring tightness. Gobert, who missed his third sport of the season, was fined $100,000 by the NBA earlier Sunday for a sequence of transgressions questioning the integrity of the NBA’s officiating Friday.

Cities missed his third straight sport for Minnesota since being recognized with a torn meniscus in his left knee. The massive man is more likely to be sidelined till the postseason following surgical procedure.

Kyle Anderson additionally sat out with proper shoulder ache, and Monte Morris missed his second straight sport with a strained left hamstring.

Lakers swingman Cam Reddish was dominated out with a sprained proper ankle. It was the second further sport he has missed since he returned from a monthlong damage absence in late February.

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Timberwolves: At Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night time.

Lakers: At Sacramento on Wednesday night time.

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