Davis overpowers Grizzlies in Lakers win

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    UNSTOPPABLE: Los Angeles star Anthony Davis (left) was unstoppable, scoring 40 points and hauling down 20 rebounds as the Lakers routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. REUTERS PHOTO
    UNSTOPPABLE: Los Angeles star Anthony Davis (left) was unstoppable, scoring 40 points and hauling down 20 rebounds as the Lakers routed the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. REUTERS PHOTO

    LOS ANGELES. — Anthony Davis scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds in 31 minutes, and the Lakers used a third-quarter burst to roll past the Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Tuesday night.

    Davis set a franchise record for free throws made by hitting 26 of 27 attempts, converting 18 in the third quarter to spark a 22-0 run that allowed the Lakers to blow away the Grizzlies. Memphis failed to score in the final 5:47 of the third.

    Davis, who was 7 of 17 from the floor, played despite a sore shoulder he hurt in Sunday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets. He exhibited discomfort throughout the game but played through it.

    LeBron James had 23 points and eight assists for the Lakers, who won their third consecutive contest. Avery Bradley added 12 points.

    Rookie point guard Ja Morant scored 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies. Grayson Allen added 13 points off the bench.

    The Grizzlies jumped out to a 15-2 advantage after a three-point play by Dillon Brooks at 9:16 of the first quarter. However, the Lakers used a 23-12 surge to cut the deficit to 27-25 after Davis slammed home an alley-oop pass from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 13 points, with 48.6 seconds remaining in the first. The Grizzlies led 32-27 to end the quarter.

    Davis scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the first.

    In the second quarter, both teams struggled offensively. Davis, though, converted a driving bucket to end the half to lift the Lakers to a 49-47 lead.

    Heat 112, Hawks 97:

    In Miami, in a game marred by an injury to star Atlanta point guard Trae Young, the Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler defeated the visiting Hawks.

    Atlanta’s John Collins led all scorers with 30 points. Miami rookie Tyler Herro had 19 of his 29 points in the second quarter, and Butler — making his Heat debut — added 21 points.

    Goran Dragic also had 21 points for Miami.

    Young, who entered the game ranked second in the NBA in scoring (34 points per game) and tied for fifth in assists (9.0), injured his right ankle with 9:57 left in the second quarter and did not return.

    Shortly after the injury, the Hawks announced Young sustained a sprained right ankle and would not return to the game.

    ESPN reported that X-rays taken immediately after Young left the court were negative and that the team is optimistic the injury is not serious. According to the report, Young will undergo an MRI exam soon.

    Mavericks 109, Nuggets 106:

    In Denver, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber scored 14 points apiece off the bench, Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and visiting Dallas beat Denver.

    Luka Doncic was held to 12 points but nine Mavericks players scored in double figures in handing the Nuggets their first loss of the season.

    Paul Millsap had 23 points and eight rebounds, Will Barton had 19 points and 11 boards, and Nikola Jokic had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Denver. Jamal Murray and Gary Harris had 16 points each for the Nuggets, who lost the lead two minutes into the fourth quarter and never recovered. – Reuters