Anthony Davis quieted the Jazz, as the Lakers secure the number one seed in the West
Orlando- Anthony Davis dominated the Utah Jazz with 42 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists to clinch the first seed in the West for the Lakers.
In the first half, Anthony Davis inserted himself early on in the game against the Jazz. From hitting outside jumpers, driving to the lane for lay-ups, and getting offensive rebounds for his team, Davis wanted his presence to be known. In the first quarter, Davis had 13 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes of play and finished the half with 24 points. However, the Los Angles Lakers were outrebounded in the first half, as the Jazz had 22 total rebounds to their 20 rebounds and had trouble shooting the long ball, as they went 2 of 13 for the half. The score at the half was 58-56, in favor of the Lakers.
Coming out the gate in the second half, the Lakers let the Jazz go on a 6-0, as the Jazz regained the lead. Contributions by Dion Waiters and Danny Green sprung a 19-5 to put the Lakers up -88-79 at the end of the quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers had a 13-point lead, but Mike Conley Jr. was on fire, as he hit three crucial threes' down the stretch to cut the deficit to six. On the ensuing possession, Davis was fouled as he shot a three to go to the line to end the hopes of the Jazz and put the game away, 116-108. James fines the game with 22 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds.
The key factors with the victory over the Jazz were precision passes to the open man, contesting shots, and running the floor. Davis altered a lot of the Jazz's shots and Lebron James had some devasting blocks. In the second half, the Lakers got out and played transitional ball. Every time they inbounded the ball, the Davis, James, and Waiters were sprinting down the court, which put a lot of pressure on the Jazz's defense.