Anthony Davis scored 42 points and had 12 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers made a big statement ahead of the NBA playoffs with a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Davis had an injury scare last week when he appeared to twist his ankle but has shaken that off, scoring 36 points on Saturday against Portland in a loss, before his crucial display on Sunday.
But they reminded everyone of their threat, with or without James, against the Phoenix Suns who are second in the Western Conference.
Forward Davis’ domination included five assists too, feeding out opportunities for Alex Caruso (17 points), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (17 points) and Ben McLemore (12 points).
The Lakers are seventh in the West with a 38-30 record, sitting one game behind the Trail Blazers, while the Suns have a firm grip on second spot.
LA’s position has them in the mix for the play-in tournament for sides seventh to 10th and Davis is desperate to avoid that.
“It’s been fun, to be honest,” Davis said. “We were a great team last year, and this is the first time since I’ve been here that we ran into a challenge. This is a different challenge for us.”
Elsewhere on Sunday, the New York Knicks continued their remarkable stretch of results with a 106-100 win over the LA Clippers.
Derrick Rose had 25 points for the Knicks, as well as six rebounds and eight assists, while Julius Randle had 14 points and 14 rebounds as New York firm up fourth in the East.