Anthony Davis ROASTS Grizzlies after fighting two of their players during Lakers’ record-equaling blowout win

Anthony Davis clamps the Grizzlies in a spectacular showdown as the Lakers tie record for most threes in a game.


Anthony Davis ROASTS Grizzlies after fighting two of their players during Lakers’ record-equaling blowout win

Anthony Davis squares up against Desmond Bane during an in-game scuffle (Associated Press)

In a remarkable display of skill and dominance, the Los Angeles Lakers secured a resounding 134-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, tying their franchise record with an impressive 22 three-pointers. This game marked the Lakers’ continued dominance in the In-Season Tournament, improving their record to 2-0. Central to this triumph was Anthony Davis, who not only contributed significantly on the court with his defensive prowess, but also made headlines with his involvement in an on-court skirmish.

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Coming face to face with Santi Aldama on a Memphis inbound pass, an irritated Davis shoved him to the ground. Desmond Bane tried stepping in to defend his teammate, but he was too outsized to be able to do anything. Luckily for the Grizzlies, technicals were issued quickly and the fight subsided.

Anthony Davis delivered a defensive masterclass, recording six blocks, 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. His defensive prowess was a key factor in limiting the Grizzlies to a mere 36.8% shooting from the field. Postgame, reflecting on the team’s relaxed and jubilant mood, when asked about the last time the team enjoyed this luxury, Davis quipped:

Actually, I think it was probably the last time when we played them [The Grizzlies] in Game 6 I think.

The Lakers established their dominance early, extending their lead to 74-51 by halftime. This was the first game this season where the Lakers led at the half. The Grizzlies, led by Santi Aldama’s 21 points, attempted a comeback but were unable to close the significant gap due to the Lakers’ consistent performance that kept them ahead.

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ continued dominance

Although the Lakers seemed a lot more unstable when the season began, this performance really set them apart. They have been dominating in the in-season tournament games. D’Angelo Russell’s performance was another highlight of the game. Leading the Lakers in scoring with 24 points, alongside five assists, Russell’s offensive contributions were vital in maintaining the team’s momentum and securing the win.

The Lakers, led by LeBron James, D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis are one of the favorites for the In-Season Tournament
The Lakers, led by LeBron James, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Davis are one of the favorites for the In-Season Tournament (Silver Screen and Roll)

The rest of the Lakers team also delivered impressive performances. LeBron James, in his return, contributed 16 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in just 23 minutes. Rui Hachimura continued his strong form off the bench, scoring 23 points, and showcasing the depth and versatility of the Lakers’ roster.

An important note in the Lakers’ performance was their rebounding. They won the rebounding battle, an area they have struggled with this season. However, they also recorded 18 turnovers, an aspect that requires attention. The Lakers’ next game is against the Sacramento Kings, a matchup that will test their ability to maintain this level of performance.

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