Anthony Davis on missing key free-throw versus 76ers: Shocked that I missed it
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Anthony Davis admitted he was "shocked" after missing a free-throw that could have given the Los Angeles Lakers a stunning win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers appeared to be heading toward a comfortable win as they led 119-110 with 35 seconds left in the game.
Then, the 76ers committed a series of turnovers and the Lakers somehow got back into the game. With three seconds left in the game, Davis was fouled with the Lakers 119-118 down. Davis knocked down the first free-throw to the tie game, before missing the second free-throw.
The game went into overtime as the 76ers escaped with a 133-122 win. "It hurts for sure. Especially when you make the first one. I put a lot of pressure on myself to make free throws, especially in that type of situation. I'm still kind of shocked that I missed it," Davis said, per ESPN.
Davis and the Lakers had a chance to beat the 76ers
For the 76ers, Joel Embiid came up big as the star center had a game-high 38 points and 12 rebounds. After the game, Embiid underlined that the 76ers should have never put themselves in a position to go overtime.
"Just trying to figure out what the hell was going on, honestly. It should have never been in that position. But I'm glad we got another opportunity at it, and we went to overtime and closed it out," Embiid said. But the 76ers bounced back in the overtime as in the end they won the game by an 11-point margin.
Tobias Harris, who had 14 points for the 76ers, underlined they knew they needed to do something in the overtime. "Honestly, probably just the disappointment for blowing that [lead] and allowing it to get that close. We knew we needed to do anything possible to come out of here with a victory," Harris said.
Meanwhile, 76ers guard De'Anthony Melton had the performance of his career as he scored 33 points. Melton shot 11-of-16 from the field, including 8-of-12 from beyond the arc. "Honestly, my teammates was just finding me. Some of those passes, the way they got through, I mean, I'm pretty sure they didn't think they were going to get through.
But they kept getting through, they kept finding me and they kept leaving me open so I kept shooting it and shooting it with confidence," Melton said.