(Reuters) – Los Angeles Lakers striker Anthony Davis waited for all the stars of his entire football career to reach the NBA Finals, and in the first game on Wednesday, he showed he would make the most of it.
Davis, the Lakers ‘top scorer in the Lakers’ 116-98 win over the Miami Heat, put in 34 points – tied in the third-highest Lakers debut in the Finals – nine rebounds and five assists, adding to the power of the massive Los Angeles attack.
“Obviously I want to go out and play well and you want to come out and win.” Davis told reporters, “I was always pushing myself. “Your adrenaline is going early because you’re so excited to just be here and get ready to get out there and play.”
Davis came to the Lakers in his last off-season after a public feud with the New Orleans Pelicans, who first penned him overall in 2012, joining the 16-time All-Star LeBron James, who attended his Davis camp Here As a teenager.
While Davis’ performance undoubtedly impressed many, the 35-year-old James, who is seeking a fourth NBA title this year, said it was simply what he expected of his team-mate.
“He was preparing for this moment throughout the season.“ I’m delighted to be with him on the same floor and in the same uniform, ”James said.“ He was, once again, a force in every aspect of the game, offensively and defensively. ”
The Lakers face the Heat match in the second game of the NBA Finals on Friday.
(Reporting by Amy Tenry). Edited by Jerry Doyle