Anthony Davis carried the Lakers to Denver in Game 2. -
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And Anthony Davis stood up.
A three-point buzzer shot from the Lakers star winger was the reason for a still fantastic but unsuccessful comeback from Denver, finally beaten (105-103) and now led 2-0 in the Western Conference final.
"I'm ready to handle this kind of pressure, I want to take this kind of shots, I want to live these moments, that's why I was made to come", hammered afterwards Davis, who lives his first games at this stage of the play-offs and that the Lakers indeed recruited a year ago to support LeBron James in the quest for a 16th league title.
A moment that will go down in Lakers History.
- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 21, 2020
LeBron James tribute
However, he did more than that in game number 2, confirming a trend seen in the first where he finished with 37 points: he was the boss of the team.
In the second half, he scored 22 of his 31 points (9 rebounds, 2 blocks), when James weighed much less, even making several bad choices, after starting strong by scoring 20 points in the first two quarters (26 total, 11 rebounds).
“AD is a player apart, it's that simple.
He has proven that he is one of the best in the world, ”the“ King ”paid tribute to him.
Davis' performance is as impressive as the blow is hard for the Nuggets, long behind, but who erased a 16-point deficit in the 3rd quarter, to pick up the score seven minutes from the end and even lead ( 87-86).
But, unlike their exploits punctuated by a knockout against the Clippers in the previous round, they could not entirely reverse the situation.
It really didn't matter much in a dantesque money-time, which spiced up a meeting that had hitherto not been very exciting.
While Denver thought they had done the hardest in the game to lead (103-102) thanks to a Nikola Jokic on fire (30 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 interceptions), it was without counting on Davis, author from the shoot of the win to the buzzer.