Anthony Davis leads Lakers to victory after Darvin Hamm assures, ‘I’ve got your back’
LOS ANGELES – Feeling the pressure of a 2-10 start to his tenure as coach Los Angeles LakersDarvin Hamm got some words of reassurance from the All-Star big man Anthony Davis Heading into Sunday’s game Brooklyn Nets.
“Had a really good conversation with [Davis] After our last game, our last loss,” Hamm said following the Lakers 116-103 win over the net that snapped a five-match losing streak. “And he just said, ‘I’ve got your back, coach.’ And it was huge for me to be a first-time head coach and have a player of that caliber, constantly try and do whatever you ask him to do.”
Davis was right behind Hamm — and had Brooklyn’s numbers, filling the stat sheet with season highs in both points (37) and rebounds (18).
Davis, who was already enjoying a bounce-back season after missing more than half of the Lakers’ games over the past two seasons due to injury, has disappeared in the second half during several recent losses.
Before Sunday’s contest, Hamm said it was up to Davis to make up for his own lack of touch.
“He’s just demanding the ball,” Hamm said. “It starts with.”
“I was watching the Packers game earlier … and Aaron Rodgers A diagonal throw Allen Lazard, he ran like 40 yards. And started [screaming] And flexible and everything, and it gave me a little bit of motivation before the game,” Davis said. “Just trying to dominate. Be dominant. Knowing that we had to get this win, knowing that a lot of guys — especially with [LeBron James] Out — a lot of people lean on me to try to get the job done.”
Davis went 15-for-25 from the field — 23 of his attempts came inside the paint — and 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
“I was trying to get in the paint and try to score inside, knowing they had limited shot-blocking,” Davis said. “When you set the screen, our guards attack downfield, attack [Nic] Claxton or [Markieff] Morris And just put it on the rim. When they miss, I have my guard on me, so I have an opportunity to get an offensive rebound and get a score there.”
Davis had more offensive rebounds individually (10) than the Nets had as a team (eight).
“AD played like a monster tonight,” Lakers point guard Patrick Beverley Says “And everyone played with him.”
The Lakers hope to have everyone available for the first time all season in their next game Detroit Pistons Friday at home.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Lakers will have four days off this week to rest, rehab and prepare for the Pistons.
“We definitely wanted to win tonight. We feel good going into this off week before Friday’s game,” Davis said. “It gives the boys a chance to step away from the game for a few days and reset and come back with the mindset that we’ve got to run a bit. [wins] in a row.”
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