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Anthony Davis has historic night, Lakers beat Timberwolves

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis injured his left shoulder so badly Friday against Milwaukee that he couldn't move his entire arm in the final quarter while running on the court during the team's tough fourth victory. Lakers.

Two days later, Davis was doing great – and then some.


What do you want to know

  • The Lakers beat the Timberwolves on Sunday 120-109.
  • Davis had 27 points, 25 rebounds and five assists while excelling defensively with seven steals and three blocks.
  • LeBron James had 29 points and nine assists after returning from a one-game absence.
  • The team's next game is Wednesday in Sacramento, a rematch of the Lakers' surprising 130-120 loss to the Kings after blowing a 19-point lead last week.


The Lakers center showed off a loaded and historic stat line as the Lakers defeated the undermanned Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-109, on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena.

Davis had 27 points, 25 rebounds and five assists while excelling defensively with seven steals and three blocks. He became the first player in NBA history with this combination of elite statistics, including at least 25 points, 25 rebounds, five assists and five steals in a single game.

That pushed the Lakers (36-30) into a matchup with Dallas for eighth place in the Western Conference and moved them six games above .500 for the first time since the 2020-21 regular season finale.

“We just wanted to have a team effort, knowing where we are in the standings and how important this game was to try to close the gap in the standings,” said Davis, who also grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, a category this had hurt the Lakers throughout the season.

Davis and the Lakers took full advantage of a Minnesota team that played without its two towers: injured big men Rudy Gobert and Karl Anthony-Towns.

Likewise, the Lakers will achieve victory against the second-place Western team. Last week, the Lakers also beat league heavyweights Oklahoma City and Milwaukee.

“I think we’re hitting our stride right now,” Davis said. “Just like last year, all we have to do is qualify (for the playoffs). We think it's difficult for anyone to beat us in a seven-game series.

It will be even more difficult for opponents if Davis displays efforts even close to those of Sunday.

Lakers forward Tauren Prince called it a “Hall of Fame performance.” Guard Austin Reaves said it was “just pure domination.”

Davis first injured his shoulder two days earlier after taking a hard elbow from Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the third quarter. He only had two points and two rebounds in the fourth quarter.

On Sunday, Davis applied a heat pack to the shoulder during timeouts. It apparently worked.

The Lakers also got a boost from LeBron James, who had 29 points and nine assists after missing Friday's game to nurse a nagging left ankle injury. Reaves added 19 points and four assists.

Center Naz Reid helped make up some of the Timberwolves' deficit by scoring 25 points, including five three-pointers. Anthony Edwards matched Reid with 25 points for Minnesota (44-21).

The Lakers are now in a period of relative calm, playing only three games over the next 11 days. Their next game is Wednesday in Sacramento, a rematch of the Lakers' surprising 130-120 loss to the Kings after blowing a 19-point lead last week.

“We know we can take on anyone and beat them if we play the right way,” Davis said. “If we don’t, we can line up against anyone and lose.”

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