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Davis, LBJ Carries LA Lakers Past Memphis

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Anthony Davis and LeBron James went to work in the endgame as the Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a 94-92 escape over Memphis Grizzlies in the 2020-2021 NBA Season on Tuesday night (Wednesday in the Philippines) at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Trailing 79-77 with five minutes left, Davis and James anchored Lakers’ decisive 9-2 scoring run for an 86-81 advantage capped by a dunk by Davis on an assist from James.

James and Davis continued their rampage as the Lakers’ lead went up to 92-83 with 31.1 seconds left. The Grizzlies was able to put together some late baskets to make it close, but couldn’t overtake the defending champions.

Davis finished the match with 26 points and 10 rebounds, James added 11 rebounds and seven assists, and Dennis Schroder finished with 12 points as the Lakers won its fourth straight for a 6-2 slate.

Los Angeles’ defense held the Grizzlies to 43.5% shooting in the first half, but the Lakers offense sputtered, shooting 41.3%. Memphis built a 10-point lead late in the second and held a 49-45 lead at the break.

Jonas Valanciunas, Dillon Brooks and Gorgui Dieng top-scored with 13 points apiece, and Brandon Clarke added 12 points as the shorthanded Grizzlies continued its struggle for a 2-5 slate.