Davis scores 37, Lakers beat Nets without LeBron to snap skid

Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis had a season-high 37 points and 18 rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Brooklyn Nets 116-103 on Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Davis grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, which tied a career-high in a regular-season game, as the Lakers led throughout. Davis was averaging only 8.6 points in the second half, but had 21 against the Nets, including 15 in the third quarter.

Lonnie Walker IV added 25 points for Los Angeles, which was missing LeBron James for the second straight game due to an left adductor strain.

Kevin Durant led the Nets with 31 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Cam Thomas came off the bench to score 15 points and Edmond Sumner added 13.

The Lakers led by 16 with less than four minutes remaining in the third, but the Nets rallied to close to 91-87 on a two free throws by Durant with 8:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Lakers then blew it open with a 15-2 run, including seven points by Walker and four from Davis.

Los Angeles’ largest lead was 18 with four minutes remaining.

Kyrie Irving missed his sixth straight game as part of a team suspension for refusing to say he had no antisemitic beliefs,

Los Angeles had a 55-46 lead at halftime. The Lakers extended their advantage to 77-61 with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Walker before the Nets scored 11 straight points and closed the quarter on a 16-3 run.


Nets: Nic Claxton suffered a left eye contusion during the third quarter and did not return. … Markieff Morris made a crosscourt shot at the end of the first half, but it happened after the buzzer. … Ben Simmons was declared out one hour before tipoff due to left knee soreness. … Seth Curry (left ankle) sat out after playing 26 minutes on Saturday in a win over the Clippers.

Lakers: Austin Reaves had 15 points while Russell Westbrook had 14 points and 12 assists. … Walker scored 11 of the Lakers’ first 20 points.


Nets: At the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.

Lakers: Host the Detroit Pistons Friday.

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