LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis knew he had to make a big play to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a five-game losing streak.
After getting motivation from an unlikely source, he produced his best game of the season.
“I was watching the Green Bay Packers game[against the Dallas Cowboys]and Aaron Rodgers threw a 40-yard pass to Allen Lazard. He was changing and that motivated me,” said Davis, who had a season-high 37 points and 18 rebounds in the Lakers’ 116-103 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night.
“I knew I had to dominate to get this win. Other than LeBron (James), a lot of people are counting on me to get the job done.
Davis grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, which tied a career-high in a regular season game, while leading the Lakers throughout. Davis averaged just 8.6 points in the second half, but had 21 against the Nets, including 15 in the third quarter.
“Knowing there were some shot blocks, I was just trying to get to the paint and score inside,” Davis said. “If we put him on the edge, I had a guard on me and an offensive rebound.”
Davis was active not only in the boards but also in his shot selection. All but two of his 25 attempts were in the paint.
“That was the plan and figuring out how to get him into more touch and rhythm. Everything was aggressive,” Lakers coach Darwin Hamm said.
Lonnie Walker IV added 25 points for Los Angeles, which James missed for the second straight game due to left adductor strain.
Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Cam Thomas scored 15 points off the bench and Edmund Sumner added 13.
“Tonight we played at Spurs. It was a perfect storm for them. They made shots and got to the rim,” Durant said.
The Lakers led by 16 less than four minutes into the third, but the Nets made two free throws by Durant to close to 91-87 with 8:27 left in the fourth quarter. The Lakers then went on a 15-2 run, led by seven points from Walker and four from Davis.
Los Angeles’ biggest lead was 18 with four minutes left.
Kyrie Irving will miss his sixth straight game after refusing to say he has any anti-Semitic beliefs.
Los Angeles led 55-46 at halftime. The Lakers extended their advantage to 77-61 with 3:56 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Walker before the Nets scored 11 straight points and closed the quarter on a 16-3 run.
“I know we took a lot of juice out of the Clippers game (110-95 on Saturday). The guys gave it their all,” Brooklyn coach Jacques Von said after the Nets dropped 1/3 in the second game of a back-to-back.
Nets: Nick Claxton suffered a strained left eye in the third quarter and did not return. … Markeef Morris made a shot late in the first half, but it happened after the scrimmage. … Ben Simmons was ruled out an hour before tipoff with left knee soreness. … Seth Curry (left ankle) sat out Saturday’s win over the Clippers after playing 26 minutes.
Lakers: Austin Reaves had 15 points and Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 12 assists. … Walker had 11 of the Lakers’ first 20 points.
Nets: Tuesday at Sacramento Kings.
Lakers: Host the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
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