Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis Dominates in Win Over Indiana Pacers

The Los Angeles Lakers outdueled the Indiana Pacers for a narrow 112-111 win on Thursday night thanks to a resurgent game from big man Anthony Davis. The eight-time All Star played his best game since injuring his groin in mid-December, piling up 31 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and two blocks.

Davis hit 13 of his 27 field goal attempts and sunk all five of his free throws. He also scored the game's final points and delivered a victory-sealing block in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter. It was his most points and his most rebounds since a groin injury cost him 20 games from December to January. For the season, he's averaging an impressive 26.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game with a deadly .578 field-goal percentage.

Despite featuring one of the NBA's best duos in Davis and LeBron James, the Lakers are 25-28 and 12th in the Western Conference. Davis's 24 missed games are partly to blame, but the Lakers' issues run deeper than just that. Even if Davis and James can manage a healthy finale to the 2022-23 season, they'll need some luck to make the playoffs. As it stands, they have work to do just to get into the play-in tournament. Excluding the 2019-20 pandemic season in which they won a title in the NBA Bubble, the Lakers have yet to win a playoff series since James joined the team in 2018.

The Lakers will visit the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

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