The Los Angeles Lakers extended their win streak to four games on Sunday with a 142-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves behind an efficient, season-high 50-point effort from Anthony Davis.
Karl-Anthony Towns has entered the “best big man in the league debate” with a career season for the Timberwolves, but Davis left no room for discussion with his performance against KAT. In 38:12, Davis tallied 50 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and block. KAT ended the night with 19 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and steal, but he was a negative in the box score.
Assuming it was much of a debate in the first place, Davis made it clear who the best big man in the league is on Sunday, and it’s not the Towns.
I haven't seen a KAT this helpless since Mufasa fell into a stampede— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) December 9, 2019
The Lakers also have another talented forward on their roster by the name of LeBron James. Despite having his playing time limited to 28 minutes because of early foul trouble, James posted 32 points, 13 assists 4 rebounds and a steal.
James, the league’s leader in assists, has ran point for the Lakers all season, but he was especially crucial for Los Angeles in a game they didn’t have Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo, who are both nursing injuries. Alex Caruso was a big help to the Lakers, contributing 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and, as always, consistent defensive effort off the bench, but he’s never thrived as the primary ball-handler. Tonight he did, and it was a huge help for the Lakers.
Tonight’s win moved the Lakers to 21-3 overall, and they will have the next two days off before heading back on the road to take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
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