Anthony Davis responsible for Lakers collapse in loss to Mavs: ‘Last game was my fault’
Lakers star Anthony Davis sat down at his locker after his team’s 111-110 loss to the Mavericks on Friday and took responsibility for the loss.
Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber had a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left. Before Kleber’s shot, Davis was on the free throw line with just under seven seconds left.
Davis made one of his two foul shot attempts, increasing the Lakers lead to two, up from three.
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With 7.2 seconds left, Davis was called for a foul against Kleber on a 3-point attempt. Kleber went to the foul line and made all three of his free throws to cut the Lakers lead to one.
“I already came in and told them the last game was my fault,” Davis said after Friday’s game. The eight-time All-Star has blamed several Lakers games this season.
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The Lakers have fallen to 34-37 this season. A win would have boosted the team’s chances in the playoffs as two teams ahead of them – the Warriors and the Timberwolves – both lost.
“It’s tough on every level,” said Davis, who scored 26 points.
Mavs superstar Luka Doncic sat out the game with an injury. The win lifted the Mavs to sixth place in the conference.
Wenyen Gabriel, who had nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench, said he still believed in Davis.
“I mean, AD is our leader,” Gabriel said. “He’s our best player right now, and that just shows taking responsibility as the best player.
“It’s something that’s important for continuity as a team and mutual trust, and obviously we trust AD. It was just a moment. It’s obviously not just about AD, but he’s taking responsibility for it is something that’s important instead of finger pointing in terms of chemistry going forward.”
The Lakers play Orlando’s Magic Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena.
The Lakers have had a slow start to the season and are struggling to get into the playoffs. The team will need Davis to play at a high level, especially as LeBron James continues to struggle with a foot injury.
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Los Angeles played well after the All-Star break, winning six of eight games. But the team has lost three of its last four games.
“We miss our chances, that’s for sure. It’s frustrating,” Davis said.