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Davis scores 50, powers Lakers to 142-125 win over T-Wolves

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis hit a long floater with 4:39 remaining to reach 50 points for the first time with the Los Angeles Lakers. The shot that got him to the half-century mark was hardly representative of the work that preceded it.

Davis had a relentless series of fast-break points, second-chance opportunities and attacks in the paint that pummeled the Minnesota Timberwolves, a performance Lakers coach Frank Vogel described as a ''smash mouth way of getting 50.

''No 3s, 20 for 29, and then living at the free throw line, post ups, offensive rebounds, crashes, all those types of things. Just an old-school performance and one for the ages,'' Vogel said.

Davis had a season-high 50 points and the Lakers improved to a league-best 21-3 with a 142-125 win over the Timberwolves on Sunday night.

Davis was 20 of 29 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws to go along with seven rebounds and six assists, reaching the 50-point mark for the fourth time in his career.

''It was very special to do something like this in front of these great fans, a historical franchise and my teammates, especially the way we've been playing,'' Davis said. ''It was nothing but amazing.''

LeBron James had 32 points and 13 assists despite committing four fouls in the first half. Alex Caruso added 16 points as the Lakers won their fourth straight and improved to 10-2 at home.

While it looked like it could be a special night for Davis as he hit his first six shots, including a thunderous dunk on a no-look alley-oop from James as he racked up seven of the Lakers' first nine points, the eighth-year forward was a bit more cautious.

''I mean, I've had nights where I started off like that and ended up with 30 and didn't score in the second half,'' Davis said.

But it was evident Davis would keep adding to his total. He was at his most relentless to close the first half, helping fuel an 11-0 run that gave the Lakers a 73-65 lead at the ''break after James got his fourth foul with 2:27 left in the second quarter.

Much of Davis' damage this season had come off the pick-and-roll with James, but Vogel was impressed how he was able to be effective without the Lakers' primary ball handlers in James or Rajon Rondo on the court. Rondo did not play because of a strained hamstring.

To James, however, it was just Davis doing what he can do.

''He's had to carry a franchise before, so I don't think it's anything foreign to him,'' James said.

Davis had 42 points through three quarters, one more than his previous single-game high this season, 41 points in his return to New Orleans on Nov. 27. He tacked on 15 points in the third, but balanced scoring allowed Minnesota to stay within 110-103 as the quarter closed.

The Timberwolves had seven players with at least 12 points, including all five starters. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins each had 19 points as Minnesota lost its fourth straight game.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Lakers could finally relax, with Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins keeping Davis informed on his progress before he finally got to 50 for the first time since Feb. 26, 2018.

While Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders couldn't help but be impressed with Davis' ability to do ''everything'' on offense, he viewed it as an important lesson for how his team needs to compete with the NBA's best.

''I think it was a good measuring stick for us to see what the elite teams in this league (can do), how the physicality is, playing a complete game and minimizing your mistakes,'' Saunders said. ''If you have a minute and a half lapse in game plan, discipline, you see what can happen. They just overwhelm you.''

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Towns passed Anthony Peeler (465) for second-most 3-pointers in team history. . G Shabazz Napier tied a season-high with 13 points. He also had 13 in the Timberwolves' last game, a 137-129 overtime loss at Oklahoma City on Friday.

Lakers: C Dwight Howard celebrated his 34th birthday with eight points and six rebounds in 22 energetic minutes off the bench. . G Rajon Rondo did not play because of a strained hamstring. . G Avery Bradley (leg) is likely to return during the Lakers' upcoming trip after being cleared for full contact, coach Frank Vogel said. Bradley participated in 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 work in practice Sunday. He has not played since Nov. 13 because of a hairline fracture.

RECENT HISTORY

The Lakers are 21-3 for the first time since 2008-09, when they went on to win the NBA title in Pau Gasol's first full season playing alongside Kobe Bryant. But James isn't ready to start evaluating where these Lakers stack up. ''I'm the last person you should ask a question like that,'' James said. ''I live too much in the moment. All I care about is what we did tonight and how we can get better tomorrow.''

TOO EASY

The Timberwolves allowed 17 of the Lakers' 32 fast-break points in the first quarter. Saunders said that did not reflect how they made it for Los Angeles at the start. ''I think there was one point where they made four passes and had 11 points in the game. And when I say four passes, I mean, they just outleted the ball, threw it down,'' Saunders said.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Wrap up a three-game trip at Phoenix on Monday.

Lakers: Open a five-game trip at Orlando on Wednesday.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:34   LeBron James missed fade-away jump shot  
11:33   Defensive rebound by Andrew Wiggins  
11:17   Andrew Wiggins missed layup  
11:15   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
11:10 +2 Anthony Davis made layup 0-2
11:10   Shooting foul on Andrew Wiggins  
11:10 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 0-3
10:58   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:55   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
10:39   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:38   MIN team rebound  
10:22 +2 Andrew Wiggins made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 2-3
10:22   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
10:22   Andrew Wiggins missed free throw  
10:20   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:11 +2 Anthony Davis made turnaround jump shot, assist by LeBron James 2-5
10:00 +3 Josh Okogie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andrew Wiggins 5-5
9:50 +2 LeBron James made reverse layup 5-7
9:34 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made driving layup, assist by Andrew Wiggins 7-7
9:25 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by LeBron James 7-9
9:16 +2 Jarrett Culver made driving layup 9-9
9:09 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 9-11
8:56   Bad pass turnover on Karl-Anthony Towns, stolen by Danny Green  
8:52   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:48   Defensive rebound by Josh Okogie  
8:42   Robert Covington missed layup  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
8:37 +2 LeBron James made reverse layup 9-13
8:22   Personal foul on Danny Green  
8:17 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made turnaround jump shot, assist by Jarrett Culver 11-13
8:06   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Karl-Anthony Towns  
8:00 +2 Robert Covington made layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 13-13
7:51 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by LeBron James 13-15
7:34   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:32   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:27 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by LeBron James 13-17
7:19   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:17   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:08   LeBron James missed driving layup  
7:04   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
7:04 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk 13-19
7:04   Personal foul on LeBron James  
6:55   Josh Okogie missed driving layup  
6:53   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
6:40 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 13-22
6:23 +2 Jeff Teague made jump shot 15-22
6:02   LeBron James missed driving layup, blocked by Jordan Bell  
5:59   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:58 +2 Jarrett Culver made dunk, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 17-22
5:42 +2 Anthony Davis made turnaround jump shot, assist by LeBron James 17-24
5:27   Out of bounds turnover on Jeff Teague  
5:05   Offensive foul on LeBron James  
5:05   Turnover on LeBron James  
5:05   Violation  
4:45   Jordan Bell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:43   Defensive rebound by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
4:24   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Treveon Graham  
4:16 +2 Shabazz Napier made reverse layup 19-24
3:57 +3 Alex Caruso made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Quinn Cook 19-27
3:40 +3 Jeff Teague made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Shabazz Napier 22-27
3:22   Personal foul on Jeff Teague  
3:16 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 22-29
3:00   Jeff Teague missed layup  
2:58   Offensive rebound by Jeff Teague  
2:56 +2 Jeff Teague made dunk 24-29
2:46 +2 Alex Caruso made reverse layup 24-31
2:31   Bad pass turnover on Shabazz Napier, stolen by Anthony Davis  
2:27 +2 Quinn Cook made layup, assist by Anthony Davis 24-33
2:15 +3 Jeff Teague made 3-pt. jump shot 27-33
1:58   Anthony Davis missed jump shot  
1:55   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
1:35   Karl-Anthony Towns missed layup  
1:33   Offensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
1:32 +2 Jordan Bell made dunk 29-33
1:13 +2 Alex Caruso made jump shot, assist by Anthony Davis 29-35
0:58 +2 Shabazz Napier made reverse layup, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 31-35
0:46   Shooting foul on Karl-Anthony Towns  
0:46 +1 Anthony Davis made 1st of 2 free throws 31-36
0:46 +1 Anthony Davis made 2nd of 2 free throws 31-37
0:32   Shabazz Napier missed layup  
0:29   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
0:27 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk, assist by Alex Caruso 31-39
0:06   Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:04   Defensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
0:00   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   LAL team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:48   Traveling violation turnover on Robert Covington  
11:26 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 31-42
11:09   Andrew Wiggins missed driving layup  
11:07   Defensive rebound by LeBron James  
11:04   LeBron James missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:01   Defensive rebound by Keita Bates-Diop  
10:48 +3 Keita Bates-Diop made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Culver 34-42
10:28   Bad pass turnover on LeBron James, stolen by Robert Covington  
10:23   Shooting foul on Troy Daniels  
10:23   Keita Bates-Diop missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:23   MIN team rebound  
10:23 +1 Keita Bates-Diop made 2nd of 2 free throws 35-42
10:09   Bad pass turnover on Kyle Kuzma, stolen by Robert Covington  
9:59   Jarrett Culver missed floating jump shot  
9:57   Defensive rebound by Alex Caruso  
9:42 +2 LeBron James made driving dunk 35-44
9:29   Robert Covington missed jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Troy Daniels  
9:21   Offensive foul on LeBron James  
9:21   Turnover on LeBron James  
9:09   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
9:09 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 1st of 2 free throws 36-44
9:09 +1 Andrew Wiggins made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-44
9:00   Alex Caruso missed floating jump shot, blocked by Keita Bates-Diop  
8:58   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
8:57   Dwight Howard missed dunk, blocked by Keita Bates-Diop  
8:52   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
8:51   Lost ball turnover on Robert Covington, stolen by Alex Caruso  
8:46   Personal foul on Robert Covington  
8:40   Shooting foul on Gorgui Dieng  
8:40   Alex Caruso missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:40   LAL team rebound  
8:40   Full timeout called  
8:40 +1 Alex Caruso made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-45
8:34   Traveling violation turnover on Andrew Wiggins  
8:22 +2 Dwight Howard made alley-oop shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 37-47
8:09 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Keita Bates-Diop 40-47
7:58   Troy Daniels missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:56   Defensive rebound by Gorgui Dieng  
7:47 +2 Andrew Wiggins made hook shot 42-47
7:47   Violation  
7:32   Bad pass turnover on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, stolen by Robert Covington  
7:26   Robert Covington missed turnaround jump shot  
7:26   Offensive rebound by Jarrett Culver  
7:26 +2 Jarrett Culver made dunk 44-47
7:09   Personal foul on Jordan Bell  
6:57 +2 Kyle Kuzma made jump shot 44-49
6:41 +2 Andrew Wiggins made dunk, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 46-49
6:28   Quinn Cook missed layup  
6:23   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
6:23 +2 Dwight Howard made dunk 46-51
6:17 +3 Robert Covington made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarrett Culver 49-51
6:05   Kyle Kuzma missed jump shot  
6:01   Offensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
5:57   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
5:46 +3 Andrew Wiggins made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Karl-Anthony Towns 52-51
5:30   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed layup, blocked by Robert Covington  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
5:27   Shooting foul on Dwight Howard  
5:27 +1 Robert Covington made 1st of 3 free throws 53-51
5:27 +1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 3 free throws 54-51
5:27 +1 Robert Covington made 3rd of 3 free throws 55-51
5:14   Alex Caruso missed jump shot  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
4:48   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
4:42   Personal foul on Josh Okogie  
4:28 +2 Anthony Davis made hook shot, assist by Danny Green 55-53
4:16   Shooting foul on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  
4:16 +1 Josh Okogie made 1st of 3 free throws 56-53
4:16 +1 Josh Okogie made 2nd of 3 free throws 57-53
4:16 +1 Josh Okogie made 3rd of 3 free throws 58-53
4:08 +2 Anthony Davis made alley-oop shot, assist by LeBron James 58-55
3:56   Traveling violation turnover on Karl-Anthony Towns  
3:45 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 58-58
3:30 +2 Jeff Teague made driving layup 60-58
3:11 +2 LeBron James made hook shot 60-60
2:51 +3 Josh Okogie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jeff Teague 63-60
2:40   Shooting foul on Robert Covington  
2:40 +1 LeBron James made 1st of 2 free throws 63-61
2:40 +1 LeBron James made 2nd of 2 free throws 63-62
2:27   Shooting foul on LeBron James  
2:27 +1 Robert Covington made 1st of 2 free throws 64-62
2:27 +1 Robert Covington made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-62
2:15   Anthony Davis missed hook shot  
2:13   Defensive rebound by Robert Covington  
2:00   Jeff Teague missed driving layup  
1:59   LAL team rebound  
1:55   Personal foul on Andrew Wiggins  
1:55 +1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 1st of 2 free throws 65-63
1:55 +1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-64
1:43   Andrew Wiggins missed hook shot  
1:43   MIN team rebound  
1:40   Andrew Wiggins missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard  
1:34 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by Alex Caruso 65-66
1:12   Karl-Anthony Towns missed floating jump shot  
1:09   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
1:05   Alex Caruso missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:01   Offensive rebound by Anthony Davis  
1:00 +2 Anthony Davis made dunk 65-68
0:46   Josh Okogie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:44   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
0:40 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 65-71
0:31   Jeff Teague missed reverse layup  
0:28   Offensive rebound by Robert Covington  
0:27   Robert Covington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:22   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
0:07 +2 Anthony Davis made floating jump shot, assist by Alex Caruso 65-73
0:00   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   MIN team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:42   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:38   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
11:24 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 65-76
11:04   Josh Okogie missed reverse layup  
11:00   Offensive rebound by Josh Okogie  
11:00 +2 Josh Okogie made dunk 67-76
10:47   LeBron James missed floating jump shot  
10:45   Defensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
10:42   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
10:42   Jarrett Culver missed 1st of 2 free throws  
10:42   MIN team rebound  
10:42 +1 Jarrett Culver made 2nd of 2 free throws 68-76
10:30 +2 Anthony Davis made hook shot 68-78
10:16 +2 Andrew Wiggins made driving dunk 70-78
10:02   Anthony Davis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:00   Defensive rebound by Jarrett Culver  
9:58 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made dunk, assist by Jarrett Culver 72-78
9:37   Anthony Davis missed turnaround jump shot  
9:37   LAL team rebound  
9:33 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. turnaround jump shot, assist by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 72-81
9:14   Shooting foul on Danny Green  
9:14 +1 Josh Okogie made 1st of 2 free throws 73-81
9:14 +1 Josh Okogie made 2nd of 2 free throws 74-81
9:03   Anthony Davis missed fade-away jump shot  
8:58   Defensive rebound by Josh Okogie  
8:57   Bad pass turnover on Josh Okogie, stolen by LeBron James  
8:53 +3 LeBron James made 3-pt. jump shot 74-84
8:36 +2 Karl-Anthony Towns made layup 76-84
8:36   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
8:36 +1 Karl-Anthony Towns made free throw 77-84
8:25   Unsportsmanlike technical foul  
8:25 +1 Anthony Davis made free throw 77-85
8:23 +2 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made layup, assist by LeBron James 77-87
8:09 +3 Jarrett Culver made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Okogie 80-87
7:50 +2 Anthony Davis made layup, assist by LeBron James 80-89
7:29 +2 Andrew Wiggins made driving layup 82-89
7:13 +2 JaVale McGee made layup, assist by Anthony Davis 82-91
6:58   Karl-Anthony Towns missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
6:46   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:45   Defensive rebound by Jordan Bell  
6:45   Personal foul on JaVale McGee  
6:26   Bad pass turnover on Jeff Teague, stolen by Danny Green  
6:22 +3 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LeBron James 82-94
6:06   Jeff Teague missed floating jump shot  
6:03   Offensive rebound by Karl-Anthony Towns  
6:02   Karl-Anthony Towns missed dunk, blocked by Anthony Davis