LeBron James calls his Lakers team-mate Anthony Davis as a “force in every facet of the game” after the pair coloured the win combined for 59 points as the Lakers crushed down the Miami Heat 116-98 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2020.
Davis scored a game-high 34 points in the first game of NBA Finals 2020
Star of the first game of finals, Davis scored a game-high 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting and made a perfect 10-of-10 free throws. James putting finishing-hands to the victory by registering the stat sheet with 25 points with his name, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Miami Heat, who lost starters Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo to injuries during the game, had no answer to the dominance of the Lakers’ superstar duo on the first showdown of the series.
Anthony a force, says LeBron
While Anthony Davis’ performance without a doubt impressed many, 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star man James, who is running for his fourth NBA championship, said it is simply what he has come to expect from his team-mate.
“He has been preparing for this moment all season. I am happy to be on the same floor with him and in the same uniform. He was, once again, a force in every facet of the game, offensively and defensively,” said James.
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While All-Star forward Davis has waited for his entire career to reach the NBA Finals and was asked about his feelings on reaching the game’s greatest stage for the first time in his career in the first game of NBA Finals 2020.
“Obviously (I) want to come out and play well and you want to come out and win. I’ve always put pressure on myself,” Davis said about Plying in the finals. “Your adrenaline is going early because you are so excited just to be here. When the ball tips up, that goes away and it’s just basketball.”
“I just wanted to come out with a lot of energy and be aggressive on the offensive glass. Not settling for too many jumpers, just being able to play in the paint and dominate that area. That was my mindset coming into the game.”
“It was a great experience for me but the job is not done. We’ve got three more (wins to get).”
Game 2 of the NBA Finals 2020 series takes place in the early hours of Saturday morning (1:45 am).