The Los Angeles Lakers rode Anthony Davis' season-high performance of 50 points to cruise to a comfortable win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With the win, the Lakers are holders of the league's best record at 21-3.
For the Timberwolves, eight players scored in double figures as they slipped their fourth consecutive loss.
Here are the biggest takeaways from this clash:
The Anthony Davis show
It was the AD show right from the first quarter.
As the Lakers outscored the Wolves 39-31 in the opening period, Davis already had 17 points (7-9 FG's) . He exploded for double-digit points in the next two quarters as well, scoring 10 in the second (5-6 FG's) and 15 (6-10 FG's) in the third.
He became only the third Laker this decade, after Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, to record a 50-point game.
Season-high 50 PTS.- NBA (@NBA) December 9, 2019
7 REB, 6 AST, 4 STL.@AntDavis23 records his 4th career 50-point game as the @Lakers improve to 21-3 on the season! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/wPBXSJ46Xb
He finished the game with 50 points (20-29 FG's - 69.2%), seven rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 39 minutes of action. Davis reached the 50-point landmark in just his 23rd game as a Laker, the third-fastest in franchise history after James (16th) and Cedric Ceballos (22nd).
Davis made 16 of his 20 field goals in the paint and reached that season-high mark without making a single 3-pointer.
"An old-school, smash-mouth way of getting 50, no threes," Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said of Davis' game.
It's only the fourth time in the past decade that a player has scored 50 or more without making a single shot from beyond the arc. Three of those four performances are by Davis .
Lakers offence clicks for second straight game
While Davis stole the spotlight, a couple of other Lakers had great games as well.
LeBron James recorded his 17th point-assist double-double of the season, going off for 32 points (12-20 FG's) and 13 assists.
After combining for 71 with Davis in their last game, the duo combined for 82 in this one, becoming the first Laker teammates combine for 70+ points in back-to-back games since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in 2003.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are the first pair of @Lakers teammates to combine for at least 70 points in back-to-back games since Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in 2003. pic.twitter.com/PPKzzrGDoS- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 9, 2019
Off the bench, Alex Caruso made the most of Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley not suiting up by recording a season-high 16 points (6-11 FG's).
For the second-straight game, the Lakers broke their season-high tally in points.
Tough road test ahead?
Since their opening night loss, the Lakers haven't lost a single game on the road.
They have won 12 road games in a row and have swept three road trips of 3 games or more.
After this game, they are now set for a huge test - 5 games in 10 days on the East Coast which ends with a matchup against the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks in Milwaukee.
At the end of this road trip, will the Lakers come out unbeaten?
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