NBA: Davis' 40-point, 20-rebound night carries Lakers past Grizzlies

Field Level Media via Reuters

Posted at Oct 30 2019 03:25 PM

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts from the bench with teammates guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1), center Dwight Howard (39), and forward Anthony Davis (3) against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Richard Mackson, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Anthony Davis scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in 31 minutes, and the Lakers used a third-quarter burst to roll past the Memphis Grizzlies, 120-91, in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Davis set a franchise record for free throws made by hitting 26 of 27 attempts, converting 18 in the third quarter to spark a 22-0 run that allowed the Lakers to blow away the Grizzlies. Memphis failed to score in the final 5:47 of the third.

Davis, who was 7 of 17 from the floor, played despite a sore shoulder he hurt in Sunday's win over the Charlotte Hornets. He exhibited discomfort throughout the game but played through it.

LeBron James had 23 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who won their third consecutive contest. Avery Bradley added 12 points.

Rookie point guard Ja Morant scored 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Grayson Allen added 13 points off the bench.

The Grizzlies jumped out to a 15-2 advantage after a three-point play by Dillon Brooks at 9:16 of the first quarter. However, the Lakers used a 23-12 surge to cut the deficit to 27-25 after Davis slammed home an alley-oop pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 13 points, with 48.6 seconds remaining in the first. The Grizzlies led, 32-27, to end the quarter.

Davis scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first.

In the second quarter, both teams struggled offensively. Davis, though, converted a driving bucket to end the half to lift the Lakers to a 49-47 lead.

Despite just making 36.5 percent of their shots in the first half, the Lakers held a two-point lead at the break. The Grizzlies shot 40.9 percent from the floor in the half. Both clubs were awful in 3-point shooting in the first half with the Lakers misfiring on 12 of their 13 attempts. The Grizzles were 3 of 15.

For the game, Los Angeles hit 46.5 percent of its field goals to 32.6 percent for Memphis.

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