Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris wasn't surprised at all with the way Anthony Davis showed up in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Davis, who forced his way out of the New Orleans Pelicans last offseason, shined in his NBA Finals debut as he scored a game-high 34 points in a 116-98 Lakers win over the Heat.
Morris acknowledged the Lakers also have three-time NBA champion LeBron James on their roster, but for him, Davis is the best player in the world. James finished the game just short of a triple-double as he scored 25 points, collected 13 rebounds and nine assists.
"It's easy for AD," Morris said when asked about Davis' first Finals game. "Like I've been saying since I got on this team, honestly, if you ask me... we got LeBron [James] but I think he's the best player in the world.
"He [does] it on both ends, he's doing it consistently every night, he gives you what you ask for every night." Only Shaquille O'Neal (43 points) and George Mikan (42 points) scored more points in their NBA Finals debut with the Lakers.
"It's a great honor to be in that category with those guys," Davis said, per ESPN. "I mean, they have done so much for the game, Hall of Famers, and for me to come out and perform that way and be mentioned with those guys ...
obviously that's a great honor, but I also want to be mentioned in categories with champions, so that's the next step."
Davis wanted to deliver a big-time performance
Davis also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists as the Lakers absolutely dominated the Heat in Game 1.
"First time I'm experiencing this," Davis said. "Obviously want to come out and play well and you want to come out and win. I've always put pressure on myself. I had the same thing [during] Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, as well.
When the ball gets tipped up, all that goes away and it's just basketball, but everything leading up to it, you're very excited. "Your adrenaline is going early because you're so excited just to be here and get ready to go out there and play.
It went away early but it was a great experience for me, great Game 1. Job is not done. We have three more."