Anthony Davis stands tall under pressure to deliver Game 2 win to Lakers

By Tania Ganguli, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

Anthony Davis wanted the ball. He wanted the pressure, he wanted the moment and he wanted to show that he could handle it.

So he looked at Lakers teammate Rajon Rondo, who was inbounding the ball with 2.1 seconds left in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.

With Nuggets center Nikola Jokic jumping toward him, Davis launched a three-pointer, sank it and won the game.

Despite a comeback effort by the Nuggets, the Lakers took Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, 105-103, for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Lakers capitalized on turnovers and missed free throws by the Nuggets, and delivered timely scoring to bolster their pesky defense.

It took seven and a half minutes into the game before a player besides James scored for the Lakers. Not long after blocking Paul Millsap at the rim, Danny Green raced to the other end of the court for a transition layup.


Even during that scoring drought from every player besides James, the Nuggets couldn't capitalize.

An 18-3 Lakers run gave them a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Denver only scored 21 points in the first quarter, after a 38-point first quarter in Game 1.

During the second quarter, the Lakers took a 16-point lead, but Denver trimmed it to 10 points at halftime. James had scored 20 first-half points.

The Nuggets made up some ground in the third quarter, shooting 52% from the field to close to within three points, 78-75, with 2:06 left in the quarter.


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