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Anthony Davis praised LeBron James’ fourth-quarter performance vs. Suns

Even by LeBron James standards, his fourth-quarter performance was otherworldly on Tuesday against the Suns and drew praise from Anthony Davis.

In-Season Tournament - Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

With the Lakers up by just one heading into the fourth quarter on Tuesday versus Phoenix, it was going to take all hands on deck to beat the Kevin Durant and Devin Booker-led Suns.

Or just LeBron James.

In the final frame of the quarterfinal matchup, James scored or assisted on the team's first 19 points, ending the quarter with 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists. He played every minute of the fourth, something no one on the opposing team did.

Postgame, Anthony Davis made sure to praise The King.

"We like to put the ball in his hands and let him make plays," Davis said. "Whether it was scoring – which he was able to do tonight and almost every other night – or it's making plays for someone else. That's crunch time and we usually get to our pick and roll. They kind of switched a little bit and had Nurkic guarding. I kind of get out the picture and let him try to attack Nurkic and get downhill.

“He did a good job of manipulating the game, especially in the fourth quarter and that's when it was money time. He's been very successful in that quarter to take over games and give us a chance to win ball games."

The old saying goes, it's not how you start but how you finish and James seems to grasp that concept well. He currently has the eight-most minutes played in the fourth at 9.7 minutes per game, is third in points with 8.4 per contest, and has a plus-minus of +5.2 per game, according to NBA.com.

James is his best self in crunch time, leading the Lakers to victory and producing more than any other player in purple and gold.

The Lakers will continue relying on their soon-to-be 39-year-old superstar at the end of games to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. While there are valid questions about how sustainable that is for 82 games and if it's an issue in roster building that James still has to do this for Los Angeles to win so far, he has proven he can get it done and has shown no signs of slowing down.

Game on the line, under two minutes to go, it will be James with the ball in his hands and fans will feel pretty good about the team's chances.

You can follow Edwin on Twitter at @ECreates88.

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