Anthony Davis had a MONSTER double-double, and LeBron James put up 25 POINTS to lead the Lakers to a 125-120 win over Washington! Davis: 35 PTS, 18 REB, 3 BLK, 2 STL James: 25 PTS, 9 AST, 7 REB, 3 STL Hachimura: 19 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST Russell: 18 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL Reaves: 16 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL Poole: 29 PTS, 5 AST, 2 REB, 2 STL Kuzma: 17 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST

Anthony Davis (35 PTS, 18 REB, 3 BLK) and LeBron James (25 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST, 3 STL) balled out in the Lakers 125-120 win over the Wizards.

Lakers Fans Celebrate Decisive Win Over The Wizards: "Would Be An Absolute Mess Without Anthony Davis"

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The Lakers are continuing their climb up the standings, jumping 11 games over .500 after a 125-120 win over the Wizards. The favored Lakers managed to pull the win off behind Anthony Davis’ taking over, something that fans of the franchise absolutely loved as the team is keeping their top-six push alive.

One fan highlighted exactly how significant Davis being on the floor for the Lakers is.

Fans said the Lakers looked like the worst team in NBA history when Davis was on the bench.

Fans were upset that AD never gets put in conversations of the very best players in the NBA.

The duo of LeBron James and Davis has been the Lakers’ most effective weapon, which was clear tonight as well.

Fans heavily criticized Darvin Ham for not starting Rui Hachimura earlier in the season.

Lakers fans are extremely encouraged by the growth Rui has shown over the last season.

Anthony Davis put up 35 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks in one of his best performances of the season. LeBron let his teammate do the bulk of the work but still added in 25 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists of his own. All the starters did their bit, with Austin Reaves becoming the lowest-scoring starter after putting up an impressive 16 points behind D’Angelo Russell’s 18 points and Hachimura’s 19 points.

Jordan Poole looked good tonight in his 29-point performance, the leading scorer for Washington tonight. Both Kyle Kuzma and Corey Kispert put up 17 points to be tied as the second-leading scorer, while rookie center Tristan Vukcevic added 15 points.

No Rest In The West

The Lakers have won eight out of their last nine games and have gone 20-8 since the start of February. Despite this, the team is only good enough to be the No. 9 seed in the West for this entire stretch. They’re inching closer to the pack at the top but with just five games left in the season, it doesn’t look like the Lakers will get a chance to continue their climb before the Play-In Tournament.

The Lakers are 44-33 and are only one game behind the No. 8 seed Phoenix Suns. Given the Suns are only facing tough top-tier matchups in their remaining regular-season games, the Lakers will be hoping that the Suns drop enough games to at least help them climb out of the 9-10 play-in. The 7-8 requires the Lakers to win just one game as compared to two for playoff qualification.

The West has been a warzone for a few months now, with most middle-of-the-pack teams sitting with comfortable records over the winter months, increasing competition in the middle of the Conference. Even though the Lakers had fallen out of this group in December, watching them make their way back has been incredible.

It’s just a question of winning out over the handful remaining games this season to ensure that LA is in the playoffs once again.

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