Anthony Davis ‘Wanted to Make a Statement’ in Game 2 Win

by May 26, 2021
Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers fans are well adjusted to Anthony Davis’ turnaround performances. However, last night’s outing was more than encouraging for Los Angeles, as they evened up their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns with a 109-102 victory in Game 2.

After what he described as a “terrible” performance in their Game 1 loss to the Suns, Davis hauled the Lakers to a Game 2 win with 34 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Taking full accountability for his shortcomings in Game 1, the eight-time All-Star clearly used them to fuel his fire in the next contest.

“There’s no way we’re winning a game, let alone a series, with me playing the way that I played. So, I mean, this one is on me. I take full responsibility for sure,” Davis said after Game 1 on Sunday.

The Lakers center was far from himself in their Game 1 loss, posting just 13 points while shooting 5-16 (31.3 percent) from the field.

Game 1 saw Davis take just five throws. His aggression on the court skyrocketed in Game 2, getting to the line 21 times; his most free-throw attempts since a 40-point, 20-rebound performance in Oct. 2019.

The Purple and Gold hope Davis can continue flipping the script for their team when they play Game 3 at the Staples Center on Thursday, with a chance to take a 2-1 lead over a formidable Phoenix squad.