Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves power LeBron-less Lakers to big fourth-quarter comeback and double-OT road victory over Bucks


Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves helped energy the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers to a livid fourth-quarter comeback and a 128-124 double-overtime highway win towards the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.

Trailing by as many as 19 factors with eight minutes to go within the ultimate body, Davis and Reaves helped drag the Lakers again to parity and produce simply sufficient offense to scrape out a formidable victory within the second interval of further time at Fiserv Discussion board in Wisconsin.

Davis performed 52 minutes – essentially the most taking part in time by a Lakers participant since Kobe Bryant in 2012, per ESPN – throughout which he racked up 34 factors, 23 rebounds, 4 blocks and two steals. Though the bodily toll of the sport was evidently carrying on the 31-year-old late on, he nonetheless discovered the power to register two very important late blocks towards Bucks star Damian Lillard to maintain issues shut.

Reaves additionally flourished late on within the absence of James, who sat the sport out with ankle soreness.

He completed with a triple-double – with 29 factors, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and only one turnover – with the vast majority of his finest work coming as the sport wore on.

The 25-year-old guard scored 15 of his factors within the ultimate two quarters of regulation and 9 extra within the two overtimes, together with a clutch go-ahead three-pointer with slightly below 40 seconds left within the recreation to place the Lakers forward for good.

“That is the stuff you dream about as a child, being on the highway together with your guys, battling out a tremendous staff and having alternatives to make large pictures,” Reaves instructed reporters afterwards, per ESPN.

D’Angelo Russell additionally stood out down the stretch, overcoming a rocky first half to finish the sport with 29 factors, seven rebounds and 12 assists.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way in which for the Bucks, ending with 29 factors, 21 rebounds, 11 assists and three blocks within the shedding effort.

Tuesday’s victory was LA’s fourth in a row because it battles for a spot within the postseason.

The Lakers presently sit ninth within the Western Convention at 40-32 within the backside half of the Play-In bracket. Nonetheless, they now are simply two video games behind the Sacramento Kings and the Phoenix Suns who presently occupy the seventh and eighth spots respectively. By transferring up into the highest half of the Play-In standings, the Lakers would get two makes an attempt at reaching the NBA Playoffs, moderately than simply the one they’ve now.

Los Angeles is presently three video games behind the Dallas Mavericks who sit within the ultimate computerized playoff spot.

The Lakers subsequent hit the court docket on Wednesday evening in Memphis as they tackle the Grizzlies, whereas the Bucks will look to bounce again on the highway towards the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.