LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 40 points — including a franchise record 26 made free throws — and had 20 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 120-91 on Tuesday night.
It’s the fourth 40-20 game of Davis’ career and his first since 2016. The last Lakers player to accomplish it was Shaquille O’Neal in 2003.
Not a bad night for someone whose status was questionable two hours before the game due to a right shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s win over Charlotte. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said 90 minutes before tipoff that he wasn’t sure of Davis’ status. But the seventh-year forward did some shooting drills and was in the starting lineup.
HEAT 112, HAWKS 97
MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler made his first four shots and scored 21 in his Miami debut, rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 and the Heat defeated Atlanta in a game where Hawks star Trae Young left early in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle.
The 19-year-old Herro had a 19-point second quarter for Miami, while fellow reserve Goran Dragic scored 21. Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Miami and Kendrick Nunn finished with 17..
Young left with 9:56 remaining in the first half, turning his ankle when he landed on the foot of Miami’s Justise Winslow. The reigning Eastern Conference player of the week — who had 102 points in Atlanta’s first three games — finished with five points in 11 minutes.
MAVERICKS 106, NUGGETS 106
DENVER (AP) — Maxi Kleber had 14 points, seven rebounds and a key block late to help the Mavericks beat the Nuggets.
Nine Mavericks players scored in double figures on a night their two top scorers were held in check. Luca Doncic scored 12 points and Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Nikola Jokic had his second triple-double of the season, with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Paul Millsap had 23 points and eight rebounds. Will Barton scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to prevent Denver from losing its first game of the season.