WATCH: Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis impressed NBA fans in the Lakers’ Victory Over the Thunders before fallings behind the Bulls


To win the game without LeBron James, Anthony Davis must perform effectively. The Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder each had modest two-game winning streaks going into the game, but the energy in the arena was tremendous because everyone there knew what was at stake.

The basketball teams had recently played each other, and both came into the game with the same 36–37 record. The winner of this contest would benefit from the tiebreaker and move higher in the Western Conference standings.

Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City 116-111 in a close game. This was the first time in more than a year that the team had more wins than losses.

In what was probably the most important game played so far in the 2022–2023 NBA season, Anthony Davis’s ability to play well despite the situation was a huge source of joy. The Thunder had almost completely given up trying to stop Anthony Davis from controlling the painted area on both ends of the court, but they ultimately failed.

Anthony Davis sparked Los Angeles’ offence and got things going with 15 points in the opening frame. After a lacklustre showing in the second quarter, Anthony Davis performed well in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter, when his team most needed him.

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Anthony Davis Sparked Los Angeles’ Offence and Got Things Going With 15 Points

Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis Lead the Score in the Lakers' Victory Over the Thunder
Dennis Schroder and Anthony Davis Lead the Score in the Lakers’ Victory Over the Thunder

The great centre not only finished with a game-high 37 points on an effective 15 of 21 shooting, but he also grabbed 15 rebounds to round off his remarkable stat line.
Fans have criticised Dennis Schroder for some of the dubious decisions he has made, but he typically makes up for it with clutch fourth-quarter efforts.

He followed a recent trend in the game against the Thunder by committing three turnovers, but he was the catalyst for the Laker offence to begin the fourth quarter.

Dennis Schroder scored the next seven points for Los Angeles Lakers to give them some breathing room after Oklahoma City had just brought the score to within one point of Los Angeles.

The guard gave them a boost of energy by scoring 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter during the second half when it felt like they were just going through the motions. They became more invested in the game as a result.

Lonnie Walker IV was the unheralded hero of the evening. Walker came off the bench to replace D’Angelo Russell, who was unable to play due to a hip injury, and he gave the club some offensive punch. Walker scored 20 points in total, most of which came in the opening frame of the game.

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