Davis scores 40, as Lak­ers de­feat Griz­zlies

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — An­thony Davis scored 40 points — in­clud­ing a fran­chise record 26 made free throws — and had 20 re­bounds to help the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers beat the Mem­phis Griz­zlies 120-91 on Tues­day night.

It’s the fourth 40-20 game of Davis’ ca­reer and his first since 2016. The last Lak­ers player to ac­com­plish it was Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.

Not a bad night for some­one whose sta­tus was ques­tion­able two hours be­fore the game due to a right shoul­der in­jury suf­fered in Sun­day’s win over Charlotte.

Lak­ers coach Frank Vo­gel said 90 min­utes be­fore tipoff that he wasn’t sure of Davis’ sta­tus. But the sev­enth-year for­ward did some shoot­ing drills and was in the starting lineup.

LeBron James added 23 points for the Lak­ers, who are off to their first 3-1 start since win­ning their first eight in 2010.

The Griz­zlies (1-3) led 65-59 with seven min­utes re­main­ing in the third quar­ter when the Lak­ers went on a 27-2 run to close out the quar­ter. Davis scored 16 dur­ing the rally, with all but two of the points com­ing at the line. The fi­nal 10 Lak­ers’ points in the quar­ter came via Davis free throws.

Ja Mo­rant led the Griz­zlies with 16 points while Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas added 14 points and 11 boards.

Heat 112, Hawks 97

MI­AMI (AP) — Jimmy But­ler made his first four shots and scored 21 in his Mi­ami de­but, rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 and the Heat de­feated At­lanta in a game where Hawks star Trae Young left early in the sec­ond quar­ter with a sprained right an­kle.

The 19-year-old Herro had a 19-point sec­ond quar­ter for Mi­ami, while fel­low re­serve Go­ran Dragic scored 21. Bam Ade­bayo had 17 points and 10 re­bounds for Mi­ami and Ken­drick Nunn fin­ished with 17.

Young left with 9:56 re­main­ing in the first half, turn­ing his an­kle when he landed on the foot of Mi­ami’s Jus­tise Winslow. The reign­ing Eastern Con­fer­ence player of the week — who had 102 points in At­lanta’s first three games — fin­ished with five points in 11 min­utes.

John Collins scored 30 for At­lanta, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-best five 3-point­ers, and Jabari Parker fin­ished with 12 for the Hawks.

But­ler missed the first three games of the sea­son while cel­e­brat­ing the birth of his daugh­ter

Rylee. He was 5 for 11 from the floor, and went 10 for 15 from the line. As a team, Mi­ami was 33 for 45 from the line — com­pared with 16 for 24 by At­lanta at the stripe.

Herro set a Heat record for points off the bench by a rookie, top­ping the mark of 28 set by Michael Beasley on March 4, 2009. And Herro and Dragic be­came the ninth Heat duo all-time to have 20-point games off the Mi­ami bench on the same night.

Mavericks 106, Nuggets 106

DEN­VER (AP) — Maxi Kle­ber had 14 points, seven re­bounds and a key block late to help the Mavericks beat the Nuggets.

Nine Mavericks play­ers scored in dou­ble fig­ures on a night their two top scor­ers were held in check. Luca Don­cic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 re­bounds.

Nikola Jo­kic had his sec­ond triple-dou­ble of the sea­son, with 10 points, 10 re­bounds and 10 as­sists, and Paul Mill­sap had 23 points and eight re­bounds. Will Bar­ton scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to pre­vent Den­ver from los­ing its first game of the sea­son.

The Mavericks ral­lied from 11 down in the third quar­ter on the strength of their sup­port play­ers. They did most of their dam­age af­ter Den­ver took a nine-point lead late in the third quar­ter.

AP-Yon­hap

Los An­ge­les Lak­ers for­ward LeBron James, cen­ter, and for­ward An­thony Davis, right, re­act af­ter the Mem­phis Griz­zlies called a time­out dur­ing the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game in Los An­ge­les, Tues­day.

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