LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Anthony Davis dazzled in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 130-119 National Basketball Association victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday, scoring 55 points with 17 rebounds in his 10th straight game of at least 20 points.
Davis added three blocked shots as he followed up a 44-point performance in the team’s triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
He said after that game he believed the team was turning a corner after a rocky start to the season.
With injury troubles behind him, Davis said, he’s finding his rhythm.
“I’ve been feeling really good, confident in all my shots, playing with a great pace,” said Davis, who connected on a blistering 22 of his 30 attempts from the floor.
That included two of three from three-point range, and he made all nine of his free throw attempts in a devastatingly efficient performance.
He’s the first Laker since Kobe Bryant in 2013 to record back-to-back 40-point games.
“Guys are doing a great job of finding me,” Davis said.
“It’s a team effort. All these guys are putting me in position to be successful. I think our entire team mindset is just coming out with effort on both ends of the floor.”
Superstar LeBron James scored 29 points, Lonnie Walker IV added 20 and Westbrook added six points with 15 assists as the Lakers won their third straight and eighth in their last 10 games.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing, however, as the Lakers saw a 29-point lead midway through the third quarter dwindle to nine points with six minutes to play.
“They were playing desperate basketball,” James said.
“They were just jacking it and getting up and down the floor, it caught us on our heels a little bit. But we played a great game.”
The Boston Celtics, whose scorching start to the season is a stark contrast to the Lakers’, rebounded from an overtime loss to the Miami Heat with a 103-92 home win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Jaylen Brown scored 34 points and Jayson Tatum added 29. Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 off the bench as the Celtics reserves outscored Brooklyn’s bench, 24-15.