It’s been a while since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a player that can consistently outclass the competition. This season, they have two of them.
That was on full display on Sunday night as LeBron James and Anthony Davis took turns making breathtaking plays to lead the Lakers to a blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and a league-leading 21-3 record.
But while James’ impact was limited, by his standards, due to four first-half personal halves, Davis picked up the slack and dominated the Wolves throughout the game.
The big man scored 17 points in the first quarter alone, feasting on the Wolves poor transition defense to get into rhythm before scoring at will in the paint against Karl-Anthony Towns.
The domination continued throughout the game as Davis racked up a season-high 50 points on 20-29 shooting while adding seven rebounds and six assists and playing his usual brand of defense.
Davis scored in a variety of ways but notably did not make a single three in his huge performance. The “old school” performance, as head coach Frank Vogel called it is pretty common for Davis who has three of the four 50-point performances this decade which came without made 3-pointers (h/t Tom Ziller of SB Nation).
Watch Davis’ big-time performance here, courtesy of FreeDawkins: