Basketball fans love the NBA playoffs, and the opening game of the Los Angeles Lakers’ series against the Memphis Grizzlies wasn’t any different. After a terrifying moment when Anthony Davis almost hurt himself, the Lakers went on to win Game 1 in the fourth quarter.
The Grizzlies took an early lead, thanks in part to Ja Morant’s hot shooting. However, the Lakers quickly caught up and kept the game close throughout the first half. Anthony Davis was having a strong game, scoring 21 points in the first half, but things took a scary turn late in the third quarter when he appeared to injure his left leg.
Davis fell to the ground with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter after landing awkwardly on his left foot. He lay still for a while, holding his leg, but eventually got to his feet and limped off the court. He took a brief break from the game to receive medical attention, but he was able to resume playing.
The Lakers appeared rattled at first, as the Grizzlies went on a 7-0 run to end the third quarter with a 79-75 lead. The Lakers, on the other hand, were able to regroup during the halftime break and come out strong in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James, who had a somewhat subdued first half, erupted in the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points in that one frame. In addition, he had 10 assists and 5 rebounds during the game. Davis ended the game with 28 points and 9 rebounds despite the injury scare.
In the fourth quarter, the Lakers’ defence also improved, limiting the Grizzlies to just 23 points. Dennis Schroder and Kyle Kuzma both contributed crucial defensive stops in the final minutes to help the Lakers secure the victory.
The Lakers, who are attempting to retain their championship from the previous season, battled hard to win the game overall. Even though Davis’ injury was a worry, it was a delight to see him return to the game and keep up his excellent play. If the Lakers want to advance far in the playoffs, he must remain healthy.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, shown that they are a strong and skilled club that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dillon Brooks contributed 31 points and 7 rebounds, while Morant finished with 26 points and 4 assists. In Game 2, the Grizzlies will try to get back on track and tie the series.
After everything was said and done, Game 1’s victory by the Lakers was an exciting and competitive contest between two talented teams. James, Davis, and the rest of the squad all put in outstanding games, allowing the Lakers to overcome the fright of Davis’ injury and prevail. Fans will be avidly monitoring the playoffs as they go to see if the Lakers can maintain their winning ways and challenge for the championship.