Anthony Davis: Lakers have ‘Chance To Do Something Special’

"We have got a chance to do something special this year,"

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Anthony Davis said Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis believes the Lakers can do great things this year. Picture Courtesy Of Bleacher Report.

Anthony Davis said Los Angeles Lakers “have a chance to do something special” after scoring 31 points to lead his team to Game 2 victory over Trail Blazers.

After losing Game 1 on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers restored parity in the first-round series with a resounding 111-88 win on Thursday night.

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Anthony Davis made 13 of his 24 shots, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and pulled down 11 rebounds.

“We have got a chance to do something special this year,” Los Angeles Lakers Anthony Davis said.

“All LeBron (James) and (Rajon) Rondo talk about is, ‘it doesn’t come around often’, when you have a great team that can compete for a championship. We want to take advantage of our opportunities and this team we have and try to reach our goal – that’s to win.”

“We wanted to come out aggressive tonight and play with a sense of desperation – we did that. Guys made shots tonight and shot the ball with a lot of confidence. We played with a sense of urgency and were able to get the win.”

After being upset in the series opener, Davis revealed the Lakers fell back on a mantra that has motivated them all season and led them to the No 1 seed in the Western Conference.

“You never want to go down 0-2 in a series. Our mantra this entire season has been ‘never lose two in a row’ – that was our mindset coming into the game,” he said.

After defensive lapses cost the Lakers in the final minutes of Game 1, the Lakers redoubled their efforts in Game 2 to limit shooting to 40 per cent from the field and a meagre 27.6 per cent from three-point range.

Davis was asked about the keys to limited Portland’s high-scoring offense and said: “Stopping Dame (Lillard) and CJ (McCollum). Those two guys can get going at any time and our bigs and guards did a great job of containing them. They got to the [free throw] line a lot in Game 1, especially early and then got going.”

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“We tried to limit their free throw attempts and their threes. We tried to make them beat us with twos and we did a good job of that tonight. We have got to have that same defensive effort for the rest of the series.”

Anthony Davis, whose limited playoff experience came as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, admitted he is enjoying playing for a title-contending team in the postseason.

“We have got a chance to win [the championship],” he said.

“We try to go out and do things other teams can’t do. We have such a talented team and we still try to play scrappy. When you have a team that is talented and can play scrappy, it is very tough to beat them.”

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