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Anthony Davis Makes History as Lakers Run Grizzlies in Second Half

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In only his fourth game in L.A., Anthony Davis made history with 40 points and 20 rebounds in 31 minutes during a 120-91 Lakers home win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 29.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told the media Davis battled through shoulder pain and gutted out a great performance rebounding and scoring in the team’s third win.

“Dominate, is probably the word.” Vogel said as he described Davis’ historic performance in the blowout over Memphis.

Davis became the first player to reach 40 points and 20 rebounds in 31 minutes or less in the modern shot clock era. The last time that happened was in the 1954-55 season.

“They didn’t have an answer for him tonight,” Vogel added. “He was terrific.”

The Brow did not stop making history there either as he also set a franchise record for free throws, shooting 26-of-27 from the line. Davis is the first player to make more than 26 free throws since Michael Jordan in 1987. He scored 20 points in the second half with just one field goal.

“I was just playing,” Davis said. “My job really is to just get to the line and make free throws.”

The 26-year-old also joins the 20/40 club with Lakers legends Wilt Chamberlain, George Mikan, Shaq O’Neal, Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Davis is the first player to finish with a 40-20 game since Shaq in 2003.

Davis called joining that list and the Lakers franchise a great honor.

“To be on that list with those legends means a lot to me,” Davis said about joining that great company. “Most of all, I’m happy we got that win.”

Lakers 3-1, Having Fun

Fellow Lakers All-Star LeBron James finished with his own 23 points and eight rebounds in the victory over the Grizzlies. James called Davis’ performance spectacular and big-time.

“Any time one of my teammates goes off like that, it is great to watch.” James said after his All-Star teammate’s great game.

The King added Davis and the Lakers are only scratching the surface of their potential. James said the team is very close-knit, even if it is early in the season, because they got close right when the team was assembled.

“We are going to continue to build that trust not only on the floor but off the floor,” James said. “It is going to help us be even more dynamic when the game starts.”

The Lakers, including Davis and James, visibly enjoyed themselves throughout the Memphis home victory by pumping up the crowd too.

Davis said anytime the team wins it is fun. He and many of the Lakers said fun is part of the Lakers identity in the 2019-20 season, especially over the long season and postseason the Lakers hope to have.

“You gotta have fun with it,” The Brow said. “That’s the only way you’re gonna get through it.”

A 22-point run to close out the third quarter versus the Grizzlies visibly raised the team’s happiness too.

Even Shoulder Pain Could Not Stop Davis

Despite heading to the locker-room to get his nagging shoulder re-taped in the first half, Davis led the Lakers through what he called “a grind” of a close first half. The young Grizzlies competed with the Lakers for two quarters as the game was tied at 49 going into halftime.

Vogel said he was prepared to play the rest of the game. However, it never came to that until the Lakers were up big.

“I thought all night there was a chance we could play the game without him,” Vogel added. “We were prepared to do so.”

Afterwards Davis, said the injury happened on a freak play versus the Hornets. He said it is hard for him to lead from the bench which is why he wanted to play and see how it felt.

“I’ve had a list of them,” Davis said when describing how he managed various injuries over his career. “I just try to fight through them.”

Still, A.D. out rebounded and scored Memphis’ front court too.

Jaren Jackson Jr. finished seven points and six rebounds in only eight minutes while Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas registered 14 points and 11 rebounds. Jackson shot 2-for-10 from the field in the loss

Otherwise, No.2 overall pick Ja Morant led the Grizzlies in scoring with 16 points in 25 minutes.

“Obviously it is a wild moment,” Morant said after playing LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the first time.

The rookie shot 6-for-13 from the field and averages 17.5 points and five assists through four games.

James called Morant’s performance super explosive and super intelligent. L.B.J. said he will continue to keep getting better.

“My sons, both of my kids love him,” James said while reflecting on his first matchup versus Morant.

Now, the Lakers take their god vibes on the road versus the Mavericks, Spurs and Bulls over the next week. They are on a three game winning streak after losing to the Clippers on opening night. Their 3-1 start is the best for a Lakers team since 2010-11.

Quick Notes from Lakers Blowout over Memphis:

L.A. started slow for the second game in a row. They trailed by as much as double-digits in the first quarter.

Anthony Davis finished the first quarter with his second straight double-double. He had sixteen and nine.

James helped the Lakers come back in the second. L.B.J. hit a fade away shot, then caught a nice past from Daniels that resulted in the Lakers trailing by one.

A cutting McGee gave the Lakers a 43-41 advantage just before the four minute mark of the second quarter.

Man AD with a nice tip in off his own miss to give the Lakers a 49-47 advantage at the half.

Grizzlies score first five points of the half to make it 52-49 but Danny Green hits a three to bring them within one. Valanciunas hits put back slam off his own miss. Green with another three. Game tied at 54.

Lakers down three about halfway through the third quarter when LeBron James found the free throw lane. The King made both to bring Lakers within one at 64-65. The next Lakers possession was a fastbreak layup from James too.

L.A. started slow for the second game in a row. They trailed by as much as double-digits in the first quarter.

Anthony Davis finished the first quarter with his second straight double-double. He had sixteen and nine.

James helped the Lakers come back in the second. L.B.J. hit a fade away shot, then caught a nice past from Daniels that resulted in the Lakers trailing by one.

A cutting McGee gave the Lakers a 43-41 advantage just before the four-minute mark of the second quarter.

Man AD with a nice tip in off his own miss to give the Lakers a 49-47 advantage at the half.

Grizzlies score first five points of the half to make it 52-49 but Danny Green hits a three to bring them within one. Valanciunas hits put back slam off his own miss. Green with another three. Game tied at 54.

Lakers down three about halfway through the third quarter when LeBron James found the free throw lane. The King made both to bring Lakers within one at 64-65. The next Lakers possession was a fastbreak layup from James too.

A.D. with alley oop two-handed slam from Danny Green gives Lakers 70-67 lead with around five minutes left. He had 30 points and 16 rebounds with four minutes left in the first.

James lay-up gave the Lakers a 74-67 lead with 3:52 left in the third. Quinn Cook hit the next Lakers shot to give the Lakers a nine-point lead. Bradley converted a Lakers steal into a lay up and L.A. led 78-67.

Davis went to the line multiple times in third and heard MVP chants. He stretched the Lakers lead to 21. 88-67 as clock expires on the third.

Davis gives Lakers 70-67 lead with about five minutes left. He had 30 points and 16 rebounds with four minutes left in the third.

Davis went to the line multiple times in third and heard MVP chants. He stretched the Lakers lead to 21. 88-67 as clock expires on the third.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of his thirteen points in the fourth quarter. Javale McGee also made the most of his time with a few highlight plays in the final 12 minutes.

Another cool moment in the fourth included LeBron James leading chants of his infamous, “Taco Tuesday,” chant with less than two minutes left in the contest.

James also donated a taco truck for first-responders today fighting Los Angeles area fires.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.
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