Lakers’ Anthony Davis Makes Major NBA History vs. Timberwolves

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In an awe-inspiring display of talent, Anthony Davis delivered a performance for the ages, propelling the Los Angeles Lakers to a significant 120-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. Davis’s exceptional stat line—27 points, 25 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, and 3 blocks—marked a first in NBA history, further elevating the Lakers’ position by besting the Western Conference’s second-ranked team.

This triumph wrapped up an impressive week for the Lakers, who also secured wins against the leading teams from both conferences, including the West’s top-ranked Oklahoma City Thunder and the East’s second-ranked Milwaukee Bucks.

“I think we’re hitting our stride right now,” Davis remarked, highlighting the team’s newfound momentum that has pushed them six games above .500 for the first time this season. “We’re just trying to keep going, keep pushing, knowing that just like last year, all we got to do is get in. We feel like it’s tough for anybody to beat us in a seven-game series. … We like our chances against anybody at that point.”

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Despite battling left shoulder soreness from a recent clash with Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks, Davis was determined to play, supported by the Lakers’ medical staff who managed his condition throughout the game. “I felt it at times out there,” Davis admitted, acknowledging the persistence of his discomfort.

The Lakers faced a Minnesota squad weakened by the absence of star players Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns due to injuries. Davis’s monumental effort was hailed by teammate Taurean Prince as “A Hall of Fame performance,” becoming the first since 1973-74 to achieve at least 25 points, 25 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals in a single game.

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LeBron James‘s return from injury, scoring 29 points along with 9 assists and 8 rebounds, was overshadowed by Davis’s standout performance. Davis achieved personal bests and set team records, including the most steals by a Laker since December 2015 and the highest rebound total since January 2013.

Celebrating his achievements and approaching his 31st birthday, Davis reflected on the rarity of celebrating at home. “It was before my birthday, so I guess we can [count it],” he shared. “It’s actually the first time I’m able to celebrate my birthday in my entire career at, like, home. On my actual birthday.”

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With 16 games left and currently ranking ninth in the West, the Lakers aim to avoid the play-in tournament by securing at least the sixth spot.

“Regardless of where we stand, if we go put our best foot forward and play the basketball that we know we can play … I think if you go ask anybody in our locker room, we’re super confident with what we have,” said Lakers guard Austin Reaves, emphasizing the team’s confidence moving forward.

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