By Makali John | Anthony Davis went off for a dominant double-double as embattled NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers upstaged the high-flying Phoenix Suns 123-110.
Eyeing back-to-back titles this season, the Lakers have instead been left battling to reach the playoffs due to injuries, which have derailed their campaign. Lakers superstar, LeBron James is sidelined due to an ankle injury while Davis already missed a large portion of the campaign.
But the Lakers issued a reminder of their quality as Davis posted 42 points and 12 rebounds to stun Western Conference rivals the Suns in Los Angeles on Sunday. Davis also had five assists, three steals and three blocks to help the Lakers, currently seventh and in the play-in position move back within a game of the sixth seed in the west, which guarantees a postseason berth.
It marked the seventh time in Davis’ career that he had 40 points, three blocks and three steals in a game. According to Stats Perform, in the last 35 years, the only player to have more such games is Hall of Famer, Michael Jordan (14).