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BBNBA: Davis Named All-Star Starter, Lakers Beat Nets in Same Day

(Nathaniel S. Butler | Getty Images)

(Nathaniel S. Butler | Getty Images)

Good morning, folks. This week’s slate of games has been all out of wack, with only three games on Thursday night. Let’s talk NBA.

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RECAP

AD makes All-Star starters, Lakers beat Nets

January 23rd wasn’t a bad day for Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers. Not only did both Davis and LeBron James make the Western Conference All-Star team as starters, but they also led the Lakers to a 128-113 victory over Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets.

Davis appeared in 26 minutes on the evening, playing just his third game back from a bruised backside that sidelined him for five outings. The former ‘Cat dropped 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 18th double-double of the season in addition to his two assists, one steal, and one block. Davis’ current Kentucky teammate, Rajon Rondo, dropped in seven points, four rebounds, and 11 assists in 22 minutes. The Lakers are 4-0 this season when Rondo posts double-digit assist numbers.

Brooklyn was able to keep the game close throughout the first three quarters, trailing by only five at halftime and trimming the lead to one late in the third. However, the Lakers quickly throttled the lead to 13 points with a barrage of triples and cruised to the win from there. The Lakers sit comfortably at the top of the Western Conference standings with a 36-9 record.

All-Star starters announced

Davis and LeBron were obvious choices for the Western Conference starters in the frontcourt, and no one could argue agaisnt Kawhi Leonard making the cut, too. Luka Doncic and James Harden were also locks to make the starting rotation as the guards out West. All five have been named starters.

The Eastern Conference was a bit hazier, but the favorites unsurprisingly came out as the starters. Trae Young and Kemba Walker earned the spots in the backcourt while Giannis Antetokounmpo (the top vote-getter in the East), Pascal Siakam, and Joel Embiid all earned the nod.

Now we sit and wait to hear who makes the list as reserves. We’ll find that out on Jan. 30 during TNT’s broadcast. If you missed out on my personal choices for this year’s All-Star team, you can find that by clicking here. I’m still incredibly confident that Bam Adebayo gets in as a reserve and would be shocked to see Devin Booker left off the list. While Davis is about to embark on his seventh consecutive journey to the All-Star game, Adebayo and Booker are trying to sneak in for the first time.

Other notes

  • Wenyen Gabriel is officially with the Portland Trail Blazers after he was traded from there from the Kings a few days ago, but he did not play on Thursday in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Skal Labissiere is also still out for Portland as he recovers from a knee injury. He should be re-evaluated in roughly the next two weeks.

Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis (LAL)128-113 W @ BKN164-9 (1-3)112112+626
Rajon Rondo (LAL)128-113 W @ BKN73-7 (1-3)410002+822
Wenyen Gabriel (POR)125-133 L vs. DALDNP-CD----------------
Brandon Knight (CLE)112-124 L vs. WASDNP-Knee----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)125-133 L vs. DALDNP-Knee----------------
John Wall (WAS)124-112 W @ CLEDNP-Foot----------------

TODAY IN THE NBA

3:00 (NBATV): Bucks (Bledsoe) @ Hornets (Kidd-Gilchrist, Monk, Washington)

7:00: Grizzlies @ Pistons

7:00: Celtics (Kanter) @ Magic

7:30: Raptors @ Knicks (Knox, Randle)

8:00 (ESPN): Clippers (Patterson) @ Heat (Adebayo, Herro)

8:00: Kings (Fox) @ Bulls

8:00: Rockets @ Timberwolves (Towns)

8:00: Nuggets (Murray, Vanderbilt) @ Pelicans (Miller-out)

8:00: Hawks @ Thunder (Diallo, Gilgeous-Alexander, Noel)

8:30: Suns (Booker) @ Spurs (Johnson, Lyles)

10:30 (NBATV): Pacers @ Warriors (Cauley-Stein)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR