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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, through the first half of an NBA basketball recreation in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 10, 2024. (AP Picture/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 evening.

Davis added 5 assists and three blocked pictures in some of the prolific video games of his embellished profession. The nine-time All-Star feasted on a Minnesota lineup lacking its high two huge 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.

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

Davis is simply the eighth participant because the 1982-83 season with a minimum of 25 factors, 25 rebounds and 5 assists in a recreation, in response to Sportradar. Nikola Jokic did it final season, becoming a member of a brief listing 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 present 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 could be very, very spectacular.”

LeBron James had 29 factors, 9 assists and eight rebounds because the Lakers knocked off one other high staff 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 closing 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 in opposition to Cleveland final Friday, however the Wolves’ depleted inside protection couldn’t cease Davis with out Rudy Gobert or Karl-Anthony Cities.

“This staff is No. 2 within the West, and nonetheless a great staff,” Davis stated. “Clearly, they’re lacking key elements of their staff, however they nonetheless have guys who could make performs, and so they nonetheless discover a option to win ballgames. We simply wished to return out as a staff effort and realizing that wherever we’re within the standings and the way necessary this recreation 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 pictures to begin the fourth quarter whereas Los Angeles pulled away.

“Ball motion dried up slightly 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 in a position to come again, however so many second pictures, and it’s troublesome at that time. … (Davis) ought to have dominated us. He had dimension. 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 straightforward to go get it. However we’ve bought 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 surprised Milwaukee 123-122 on Friday evening behind D’Angelo Russell’s 44-point efficiency. Davis injured his left shoulder throughout that recreation in a collision with Giannis Antetokounmpo, however it didn’t visibly sluggish him.

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

Cities missed his third straight recreation for Minnesota since being identified with a torn meniscus in his left knee. The massive man is prone 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 recreation with a strained left hamstring.

Lakers swingman Cam Reddish was dominated out with a sprained proper ankle. It was the second extra recreation 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 evening.

Lakers: At Sacramento on Wednesday evening.

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