Anthony Davis Comes Through for Los Angeles Lakers in Win Over Memphis Grizzlies

The Los Angeles Lakers topped a reeling Memphis Grizzlies squad on Tuesday night thanks to a superlative performance from their big man. Eight-time All-Star Anthony Davis compiled 30 points, a colossal 22 rebounds, and three assists in the crucial 112-103 win.

Davis hit an efficient 11 of 17 field goal attempts and sunk seven of nine free throws against a Grizzlies team in flux following Ja Morant's exile. For the season, he he has averaged 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game with a solid .631 true shooting percentage over his 41 appearances. He has come through in the clutch ever since LeBron James suffered a foot injury in a February 26th 111-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks; Davis has averaged 33.8 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game over his last four games.

The Lakers are 32-34 and ninth in the Western Conference, but they'll have to navigate James' absence over the coming weeks. If they can somehow claw their way out of the play-in tournament, a healthy duo of Davis and James will strike fear in any opposing team, but good health can't be assumed. Outside of the title run in the NBA bubble, the James-era Lakers have never won a playoff series, in large part due to the sporadic availability of their superstars.

The Los Angeles Lakers face the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

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