Saturday, December 4, 2021

Anthony Davis helps the Lakers get the Hornets back in overtime

This time, Anthony Davis played a key role in attack and defense and refused to let the Lakers fail a game in which they were again defeated, building up a big advantage.

The Lakers missed a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night at the Staples Center. The game went into overtime after Davis threw a balloon from a three-point attempt 1.3 seconds before the end of regular time, and Miles Bridges also threw a balloon on a long attempt when time ran out.

But in extra time, Davis made two free throws in 49.4 seconds to give the Lakers a three-point lead and blocked Terry Rosier’s three-point attempt with 6.2 seconds left. The Hornets’ Cody Martin then missed a three-point attempt, letting the Lakers slip 126-123.

The Lakers were 26 points ahead of Oklahoma City and lost that game on October 27. The Lakers were 19 points ahead of the Thunder on Thursday and lost that game as well.

But when Davis scored 32 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks on Monday, the Lakers ended a two-game losing streak.

“We mostly needed a win,” said Davis, who has a cold and is recovering from a stomach ailment who vomited at the end of the third quarter. “We didn’t lose this game.”

The Lakers controlled the game by nine points, but an odd sequence allowed the Hornets to receive five straight free throws from 3:29 to the end of the fourth.

Lamelo Ball was about to take two free throws after a foul. The Lakers then delayed the game, which resulted in a technical foul.

Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony (29 points) and Russell Westbrook (17 points, 14 assists, 12 rebounds) were then charged for technical fouls.

This led to Ball (25 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists), the former Chino Hills High star, shooting and shooting five consecutive free throws, which robbed the Lakers of momentum and ultimately ended in a 115-115 draw at the end of the match. fourth.

“As I said, we were in control of the game,” Davis said. “All this – a couple of technicians, a delay in the game, a foul, two free throws and the like – kind of allowed them to get back into the game.”

Davis was so sick Saturday night at Portland that he left the game after the first quarter due to stomach trouble. He injured his thumb against Oklahoma City on Thursday and is dealing with the injury.

But with the Lakers so emaciated by LeBron James (abdominal sprain), Talen Horton-Tucker (right thumb surgery), Kendrick Nunn (bruised right knee), and Trevor Ariza (right ankle), Davis was needed for the team that had lost twice in a row and looked uncomfortable in defense.

In the second half, Davis showed why the Lakers needed him so badly. By the end of the fourth, he had 26 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Anthony did great things off the bench again with 26 points in four quarters.

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When Malik Monk accepted a pass that Anthony saved from going out of bounds after Rajon Rondo nearly threw it and hit a three-pointer in the last second from nearly half the court, the Lakers opened 94-87, finishing in fourth place.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the team had thought about starting Davis in the top five and having center DeAndre Jordan leave the bench, but turned it down because the Lakers lack a lot of bodies and he likes the idea that Anthony will leave the bench.

“It is tempting to start tonight with AD in the top five for reasons related to the alignment of attacks,” Vogel said ahead of the game. “We are really skinny due to the absence of LeBron and Trevor, and Carmelo has such a lot of energy outside the bench at home, I don’t want to break that rhythm. So we need to be very small to start AD at five. “

By the end of the first half, the Lakers were leading 61-60 and Vogel got what he wanted from his squad.

Jordan started well with 10 points and four rebounds in the first quarter.

Davis had a better second quarter with 10 of 12 points in the first half. He added five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the first half.

Anthony was strong again outside the bench, losing 12 points in the first 24 minutes.

Westbrook had just six points in the first half, shooting two out of seven, but had nine assists.

The Lakers threw 51.2% from the field in the first half and 72.2% (13 of 18) from the free-throw line.

And the Lakers took better care of basketball, flipping it just six times in the first half.

But after the Hornets scored 26 points in the first quarter, the Lakers dropped 34 in the second, cutting their eight point lead to one in the half.

The Hornets did not let the Lakers leave with their threes and goals from Ball, Gordon Hayward, Rosier and Bridges.

Ball had 14 points and seven assists in the first half, Hayward had 12 points, Rosier had 11 and Bridges had 10.

In the first half, the Hornets threw 42.1% from the three-point distance.

Vogel said James has “no change” and “no schedule” to return from an abdominal strain that has kept him out of the last three games. Vogel said James “shot a little bit” on Monday.

Vogel, who caught a cold himself in bad weather, was thrilled to learn that Horton-Tucker was recovering from his injury.

Tuesday will mark a month since Horton-Tucker underwent surgery on his right thumb. He received permission to contact on Tuesday and is looking forward to training.

He worked with a physical therapist.

“Mentally, I just try to stay positive about everything,” said Horton-Tucker. “It’s hard to watch basketball, it’s just that my opponent wants to go out and play. Just making progress, trying to play with contact tomorrow, so being able to go out and move around and hang out with my teammates will be great again, so I’m thrilled. “

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