Anthony Davis had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for his third career triple-double and Los Angeles held on to defeat the short-handed Charlotte Hornets 124-118 on Monday night for their third straight win.
D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and LeBron James added 26 points for the Lakers (27-25), who finished 4-2 on their road trip to build some much needed momentum. Anthony Davis and the Lakers might be starting to find their rhythm — just as the uncertainty of the NBA trade deadline approaches.
“When we put our minds to it, we can beat any team in this league,” Davis said. “We lost two we felt like we should have won, and we won two that the people in Nevada thought we should lose. When we buckle down defensively and play the right way we are a tough team to beat.”
When asked if the Lakers have the right personnel in the locker room to win the NBA title, James replied, “that’s not a question for me. I love what we have in the locker room and that is all I worry about. It isn’t like, ‘I can’t stand you.’ I don’t get caught up in that.”
The Lakers shot 64% from the floor in the first half and built a 74-58 lead heading into the locker room behind 22 points from Russell and 17 from James.
James had several highlight reel moment in the opening half, driving past P.J. Washington and dunking over 7-foot center Nick Richards for a three-point play. James had another baseline drive for a high-flying two-handed jam and also fed Davis for an alley-oop dunk.
The Lakers had 36 assists.
Davis was simply too much to contain for a Hornets team severely lacking height with center Mark Williams still out with a back injury.