Anthony Davis takes all blame for Lakers' heartbreaking defeat to Mavericks
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Anthony Davis has taken the full blame for the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On Friday night, the Lakers suffered a narrow 111-110 loss to the Mavericks on their home floor. With just less than seven seconds left in the game, Davis made one of his two free throws and the Lakers went up by 2.
Then, Davis fouled Maxi Kleber on a three-point attempt with 0.2 seconds left in the game. Kleber drained all of his three free throws and the Mavericks escaped with a narrow one-point win. Davis had a team-high 26 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough.
"I already came in and told them the last play was my fault," Davis said, per ESPN.
Davis frustrated after another tough loss
The Lakers, who are fighting to at least make the play-in tournament, now own a 34-37 record. The Lakers are still the 10th team in the West but they are far from securing at least a play-in spot.
"It's tough all the way across the board. We're missing our opportunities, for sure. It's frustrating. We're still in a position to do something special, with the way we started," Davis said. A couple of days earlier, Davis also took the blame for the Lakers' home loss against the New York Knicks.
Now, Davis again took the blame for a Lakers loss. But Lakers forward Wenyen Gabriel came to Davis' defense, saying the team trusts their star big man. "I mean, AD is our leader. He's our best player right now, and that just shows that taking accountability as being the best player.
That's something that's important for the continuity as a team and having trust in each other, and obviously we trust AD. That was just a moment. It's obviously not just on AD, but him taking accountability for that is something that is important instead of pointing fingers in terms of chemistry going forward," Gabriel said.