Davis leads Lakers comeback over Bucks in OT thriller


With LeBron James ruled out through injury, a banged-up Davis spent nearly 52 minutes on court to rally the Lakers to victory against an in-form Bucks side who went into the clash on a six-game winning streak.

Davis finished with 34 points, 23 rebounds and two assists while also making four blocks in a towering defensive display.

The Lakers veteran was backed offensively by Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell, who both finished with 29 points apiece.

Reaves bagged only the second triple-double of his career, with 14 rebounds and 10 assists to go alongside his 29 points.

Milwaukee meanwhile were left wondering where it all went wrong after leading the game from the start of the first quarter until the Lakers tied it up at 101-101 courtesy of two free throws from Taurean Prince with 44 seconds remaining.

Two see-saw periods of overtime saw the lead go back and forth until a 28-foot Reaves three-pointer and two free throws from Russell gave the Lakers a decisive 126-121 advantage with 14 seconds remaining.

Malik Beasley’s three-pointer closed the gap to two points for Milwaukee but two more Davis free throws sealed victory.

“That was a hell of a team win right there,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said afterwards.

“The guys did it – they banded together once again and competed their asses off. It was a great way to start off a six-game road trip.”

Reaves meanwhile saluted Davis’ battling performance. The 31-year-old was clearly struggling for mobility for much of the game after injuring a knee in a collision with Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton.

“He just wanted to continue to battle with us,” Reaves said of Davis. “Any time he’s on the court he’s making an impact.”

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