NBA Roundup: Record Night for LA Laker's Anthony Davis

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

Davis proved to be a catalyst for the Lakers, shooting 20-of-29 from the field and making all 10 of his free throws. His season-high game was the fourth 50+ point game of his career, which he complemented with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals in 39 minutes on the court.

LeBron James hit 32 points, four rebounds and 13 assists in 28 minutes, shooting 12-for-20 including 6-for-8 from three. Alex Caruso added 16 points and Danny Green finished on 12. LA ranks fourth in the NBA both offensively and defensively, joining only the Bucks as the teams occupying top five in both categories.  

The LeBron-Davis connection is powerful as you have two highly skilled and physically dominant players that are active on both ends - Davis is even at the forefront for Defensive Player of the Year and perhaps even MVP. 

Amidst all the hype surrounding Davis, we can't forget about crowd favourite Caruso who rose from the bench to hit a season-high 16 points whilst also taking up an increased role due to the absence of injured point guard Rajon Rondo. LeBron had also picked up four fouls by halftime Sunday essentially leaving Caruso to cover, which he did, adding four assists, two steals and no turnovers. It's evident the 25-year-old guard is fulfilling his new role well, adapting to playing a more aggressive offence and making very smart moves in the paint.

Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota in both points and assists with 19 and eight respectively, whilst Jordan Bell snatched a team-high six rebounds. However, the Timberwolves are in the midst of a tough stretch - having lost their last four games - and the future doesn't look so bright either. Now ninth place in the Western Conference, they return home from a disappointing road trip to face Utah Jazz.

Sitting on a four-game winning streak, the Lakers now possess the best record in the league at 21-3. The unstoppable duo of David and LeBron is bringing closer the possibility of this year's championship returning to the Staples Centre. 


Nets 105, Nuggets 102

Over in Brooklyn, it's still the Spencer Dinwiddie show as he steps up - all be it a little late - again to save the Nets from defeat. The 26-year-old point guard bagged 24 points to lead his team to their third straight victory.  

Jarrett Allen hit 19 points and 11 rebounds for Brooklyn whilst star guard Kyrie Irving was out for his 12th straight game due to right shoulder impingement. Head coach Kenny Atkinson is said to be integrating Irving back into practice in the next week or two.  

Brooklyn Nets v Denver Nuggets

On the edge of possible overtime last night, Jamal Murray missed a three from the wing as time ran out for Denver who faces their second consecutive loss. However, the Nuggets weren't without success stories as Nikola Jokic put on an admirable all-round performance, hitting joint game-highs in both points (24) and rebounds (11) and team-high assists with six. 

Brooklyn gained a 103-102 lead with just over 26 seconds remaining after Dinwiddie made consecutive driving layups. An off-balance Will Barton missed a 16-foot floater for Denver as Taurean Prince was then fouled on the rebound. Prince went on to make both free throws to settle the score at 105-102 with 6.8 seconds on the clock. 


Sunday's NBA: 

Clippers 135, Wizards 119 

Hawks 122, Hornets 107 

Bulls 105, 110 Heat

Raptors 104, 76ers 110 

Kings 110, Mavericks 106 

Thunder 108, Trailblazers 96

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