On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers because they couldn’t get their shots to fall, their energy in the first and third quarters was lackluster and Anthony Davis struggled. On Thursday, the script was flipped, and they looked like the team everyone thought would show up in the postseason.
In Game 2, the Lakers comfortably beat the Trail Blazers 111-88 behind a dominant performance from Davis. After scoring 28 points on 8-24 shooting from the field on Tuesday, Davis scored a game-high 31 points on 13-21 shooting from the field on Thursday, including 3-4 shooting from behind the arc. The next-closest scorer for Los Angeles was Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 16 points on an impressive 4-6 shooting shooting from 3-point range.
Davis also added 11 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal and a block in the 29:21 he played. He was incredible, and the Lakers couldn’t have won without him. What’s even more exciting is that Davis could do this every game if he wanted to because the Trail Blazers’ big men aren’t equipped to defend him when he’s handling the ball and driving to the basket.
Anthony Davis tonight:— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 21, 2020
in 29 MINS
He is the first Laker with a 30/10 playoff game in 30 minutes or fewer since 1975. pic.twitter.com/3syZzzuJAH
Davis’ big night allowed LeBron James to play just 26:41. In those minutes, he tallied 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, which is a relatively pedestrian night for him. The most perplexing thing about his stat line, though, was his six turnovers. But the Lakers managed to win in spite of James looking out of sorts, and that’s something that should give the team confidence going forward.
Also of note in this one: The Lakers were already up big, but Blazers star Damian Lillard dislocated his left index finger in the third quarter after a collision with Davis. X-rays were negative, but his status moving forward is worth keeping an eye on.
Thursday marked the Lakers’ first postseason win since May 18, 2012. The Lakers will try and take the lead in the series in Game 3 on Saturday. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. on ABC.
Until then, enjoy this one.