Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis has pulled off a three-point buzzer beater to snare victory from the jaws of defeat during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference Finals series.
Trailing the Denver Nuggets 103-102 in Orlando, the Lakers only had 2.1 seconds left on the clock after small forward Danny Green was blocked by rival Jamal Murray.
With no time-outs remaining, the top-seeded Lakers had enough time to get the ball into the hands of Davis, who slotted the three-pointer with ease.
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The seven-time NBA All-Star — who scored the last ten points for the Lakers on Monday — was immediately swamped by his ecstatic teammates.
🚨👌 AD lines up and KNOCKS DOWN the triple to WIN Game 2 of the WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS! 👌🚨#TissotBuzzerBeater#ThisIsYourTime pic.twitter.com/azdLowx8aK
ANTHONY FREAKING DAVIS
AD airballed a buzzer-beating 3 from the left wing to end the first half. Then he swishes one from the same area to win the game at the buzzer. What! A! Shot!
Sports presenter Skip Bayless tweeted: “LeBron, who had a nightmarish 4th quarter, wanted no part of a last play called for him, didn’t even try to get open, so Rondo found AD, who did what LeBron couldn’t.”
The Athletic reporter Toby Jones posted: “AD bailed LeBron out tonight. What a shot. What a close in the fourth quarter.”
Playing in just his second Conference Finals match, Davis finished with 31 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
“I want to take those shots; it’s part of the legacy,” Davis said after the game.
“I want those shots, I want the big-time plays … this is what they brought me here for.
“It’s a huge dream … to make it even better, just wish it was in Staples tonight with the fans that support us all year.”
When asked if there was any doubt about who should take the game-winning shot, Davis bluntly responded: “No.”
The 27-year-old later confirmed he mouthed “Kobe” immediately after making the matchwinning shot.
Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.Source:AFP
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Superstar point guard LeBron James mustered 11 rebounds and 26 points, while Nikola Jokic scored a team-high 30 points for the Nuggets, including Denver’s final 12 points of the match.
Meanwhile, Denver point guard Jamal Murray enjoyed his fifth consecutive 20-point game in the Playoffs.
Although they recovered from an early deficit to almost secure another miracle comeback, the Nuggets are yet to achieve victory in the seven-game series, trailing 2-0.
“They have two really good, really good, really good players,” Jokic lamented.
The Lakers were donning Mamba jerseys in honour of the legendary Kobe Bryant, and are now 3-0 when wearing the black kit.
“We never want to lose in these jerseys. We never want to lose at all,” Davis said.
Game 3 will take place on Wednesday morning AEST, with the Lakers needing two more wins to book a spot in the NBA Finals.
Anthony Davis confirmed that he yelled “KOBE!” after drilling the game winning shot. pic.twitter.com/6b8N5Z9J7c
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