Anthony Davis and LeBron James delivered good performances on Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Phoenix Suns 109-102 in Game 2 to even the series at 1-1. The Lakers, seeded at No. 7, were looking to bounce back from a 99-90 Game 1 defeat and they did exactly that.
Davis scored a game-high 34 points, had 10 rebounds and seven assists, while James added 23 points and dished out nine assists. "Two of the top five players in the NBA," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said afterward, per ESPN.
"And we have a formula where those guys really carry the biggest scoring load, especially at crunch time, and an army of defenders and finishers around them, whether it's finishing at the 3-point line or at the rim.
"And it's been a good formula so far, and those guys continue to show why they're great players, by stepping up down the stretch."
James delivered in clutch time
With just less than three minutes to go in the game, James hit an 18-foot turnoaround jumper to give the Lakers a three-point lead.
"LeBron had an incredible shot in the corner, fading away," said Dennis Schroder. Davis scored only 13 points in Game 1 and later blamed himself for the loss. "You never want to get too comfortable with these guys," said Davis.
"They can score the ball very quickly. And we can too. "Me and Bron, were found at the end of the game, which the team is supposed to do ... And we were able to pull this one out." Schroder has nothing but great respect for James and Davis.
"Top two players in the league, top five, whatever you want to call it," Schroder said of James and Davis. "That's what they do. We trust in that." James was thrilled that he was able to step up in clutch time.
"It's playoff basketball. Obviously emotions. And every possession is so key," he said. "So to be able to make a big play in a big moment, it means a lot to our ballclub." Elsewhere, Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving hopes there won't be "subtle racism" when he returns to Boston to play the Boston Celtics in Games 3 and 4.
"I am just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully, we can just keep it strictly basketball; there's no belligerence or racism going on -- subtle racism," Irving said. "People yelling s--- from the crowd, but even if it is, it's part of the nature of the game and we're just going to focus on what we can control."