AFP – Anthony Davis scored 50 points to power the Los Angeles Lakers to a 142-125 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday that gave the Western Conference leaders the best record in the NBA.
Davis unleashed his aggression to notch the fourth 50-point game of his career and his first with the Lakers.
He connecting on 20 of 29 shots from the field — with 16 baskets in the paint and not a single three-pointer.
“One for the ages,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
“The first thing that stands out to me was he had four steals, a block and great defense for all 39 minutes he was out there,” Vogel said. “To be able to perform on that end of the floor and anchor us and still go for 50 in what I feel is an old-school, smashmouth way of getting 50.
“No threes, right? Twenty of 29, living at the free throw line, post-ups, offensive rebounds, crashes, all those types of things … just an old-school performance.”
Davis, a perfect 10 of 10 from the free-throw line, also pulled down seven rebounds and handed out six assists.
“I just came out aggressive, playing hard,” said Davis, who laid in a floater with 4:39 left to play to reach 50 points for the night. “My teammates did a good job of finding me.”
LeBron James added 32 points with 13 assists despite finding himself in foul trouble with four in the first half.
Alex Caruso chipped in 16 points as the Lakers improved to 21-3.
Eight Minnesota players scored in double figures.
Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins scored 19 apiece and the Timberwolves led by five late in the second quarter. Ultimately, however, they had no answer for Davis.