14-game road winning streak ends in Indiana

14-game road winning streak ends in Indiana

14-game road winning streak ends in Indiana

All-Star forward Anthony Davis will suit out Tuesday night's (Wednesday, PHL time) showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers. In the end, the Lakers came up just a few points short as they lost 105-102.

Davis, who turned his left ankle in Sunday's win over Atlanta but played through the injury, has been ruled out for Tuesday night's match-up against the Pacers, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. James flirted with another triple-double finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists and the Lakers got 53 points from their bench led by Dwight Howard's 20.

It was the second game Davis has missed this season. Davis, of course, is one of the best rebounders in the league, and is a big reason why the Lakers have been at the top of the charts in crashing the glass this season.

While James perception of Howard is a little inflated (he only averaged 25.8 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in that series), the big man was indeed a monster in his heyday, shooting 63.2% throughout the course of that six-game series. If he leaves Davis open, well, Davis doesn't miss much. He was a presence defensively, blocking two shots and registering two steals.

It worked for the Lakers, at times, especially getting the ball to Howard - Dwight finished with 20 points on 10-10 shooting, mostly easy dunks. Some huge threes by Jared Dudley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope kept the Lakers alive and head coach Frank Vogel employed a four-guard lineup in the wake of the team's frontcourt injuries that played well together and gave them a chance heading into the final period. James scored nine points in the first quarter and McGee challenged everything at the rim. The Lakers have another hard game to end their road trip, as they will face the reigning MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

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