Thursday, February 3, 2022 2:22 PM | CBN
Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward Anthony Davis made sure his team wasn’t going to suffer a fourth consecutive loss on Wednesday night.
Davis went into the fourth quarter ready to shake the Portland Trail Blazers - scoring a game-changing 19 of his 30 total points in the final 12 minutes, helping his team secure a 99-94 victory. Davis also had 15 rebounds, which included seven in the fourth.
Wednesday’s contest marks the third time this season that David’s had at least 30 points and 15 rebounds in a game. He is averaging 29.3 points across his last three games.
“I just tried to come out with the mindset of ending the streak,” Davis said. “We have to play with some urgency. We just fought hard tonight. It was a great game for us.”
The Lakers trailed 75-72 heading into into the fourth quarter, but went on an 8-1 run to reattain the upper hand. Then going up five midway through the quarter, a 3 scored by Norman Powell tied it at 89 with 2:44 left.
But here’s where Los Angeles took back control: Davis had six straight points to give his team a 95-89 edge with 52 seconds remaining.
“He had some great sequences of grabbing rebounds in traffic,” said coach Frank Vogel. “Tonight was about mental toughness and making enough plays and shots. It was a hell of a game by Anthony.”
Also for the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony had a generous 24 points. The team was missing LeBron James for the fourth straight game due to soreness in his left knee.
For the Trail Blazers, Powell led with a total of 30 points; tying a season-high with five 3-pointers. Anfernee Simons had 19 points with Jusuf Nurkic securing a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
“We had a couple breakdowns. We had some good stops but gave them second and third-chance opportunities,” Powell said.
“We did a good job of fighting back and staying with it, but there were some big moments where we couldn’t get over the hump,” said coach Chauncey Billups.
The Lakers will play again tonight (Thursday) facing the Los Angeles Clippers, with the Trail Blazers facing the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow night.