Anthony Davis does his Best James Harden Impression
The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are beginning to gel 4 games into the season, winning their last 3 games by an average of 19 points. Last night was perhaps their most dominant showing yet, as they destroyed the Memphis Grizzlies by 29 points.
Anthony Davis led the way with an impressive 40 points and 20 rebounds. What’s even more impressive about the performance is that 26 of those points came from the free throw line as he shot 26/27 on the night.
If you’ll remember, on Monday night James Harden scored 40 points on 21/22 shooting from the line, which made him the leader for most shot and made in a game this season. According to landofbasketball.com, the 26 made free throws by Davis is the most in a game since the site began to record the stat in 1990, showing Harden that he has some real competition.
There’s no ‘I’ in Team
If I told you that the Mavericks leading scorer had 14 points, would you believe that they gave the Denver Nuggets their first loss of the season?
I wouldn’t either, but that’s exactly what happened last night.
Max Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way, both scoring a game-high 14, while 7 other Mavs scored in double-figures to lead one of the most balanced attacks in an NBA game that I’ve ever seen.
The record for most players on a team to score in double-figures in a single game is 10, a feat that has been matched 7 times in NBA history. The last time it happened was in 1994 when the Phoenix Suns destroyed the Clippers 140-109.
If only Dwight Powell could have scored 6 more points, then we would have had record last night.
Herro Goes Off
In the first 3 games of the season, Tyler Herro started for the Miami Heat in Jimmy Butler’s absence. He struggled to get anything going during that stretch, averaging just 12 points on 38% shooting.
With Jimmy making his Heat debut last night, Herro came off the bench, and man did he look comfortable doing so. He finished the game with 29 points, highlighted by a 19 point 2nd quarter. He showed how versatile he can be on offense, taking it strong to the hoop, hitting pull up jumpers, and drilling threes.
With Jimmy back, Kendrick Nunn playing lights out, and Tyler Herro getting more comfortable, it’s safe to say the Heat will be hard for anyone to beat this season… as long as Jimmy doesn’t sleep with anyone’s girlfriend, call anyone soft, or embarrass them at practice in front of the entire team.