Despite Anthony Davis’ historic night, Lakers’ win streak ends against Suns

PHOENIX — For those who question Anthony Davis’ fight: it was stamped all over one of his best games as a Laker on Tuesday night.

It was in his hands, as he pounded the glass for rebounds, his highest mark in nearly four years. It was in his drives to the basket, which got him to the free-throw line for 16 attempts. It was in the snarl as he shoved Phoenix Suns center DeAndre Ayton during a fourth-quarter confrontation that erupted just in front of the Lakers’ bench.

But one man’s fight isn’t going to be enough for the Lakers to contend with some of the best teams in the league. In a 115-105 loss to the second-place Suns (11-6), Davis was brilliant with 37 points, 21 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots but the supporting cast had trouble carrying its weight as the Lakers (5-11) saw their three-game winning streak hit a wall on the road.

While many of the Lakers’ foibles this season have been attributed to their highest-paid players playing at a less-than-star level, Davis put in a yeoman’s effort, his rebound total setting a new high for his Lakers’ tenure – the most he’s had in his career since 2019.

The 29-year-old forward entered a class of his own with his two-way effort in the game: He’s the only NBA player ever to have at least 35 points, 20 rebounds, five blocks and five steals in a game (blocks and steals were not officially recorded until 1973). He has had 30-plus points and 16-plus rebounds in four straight games, something he had never done before in his career.

Russell Westbrook had 21 points with five assists against just one turnover off the bench, and Lonnie Walker IV had 24 points to beef up the starting lineup’s scoring effort.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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