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Lakers struggle mightily minus Davis in Game 5 vs Suns

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 01:38 PM June 02, 2021
Anthony Davis Lakers Game 5

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JUNE 01: Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers watches from the bench during the first half in Game Five of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at Phoenix Suns Arena on June 01, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines — The Los Angeles Lakers played minus Anthony Davis in Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns and the defending champions missed every bit of their star forward on Wednesday (Manila time).

With Davis sidelined due to a groin strain he suffered in the second quarter of Game 4, the Lakers failed to get going and were blown out by the Suns, 115-85.

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Davis delivered a pair of 34-point games for the Lakers in Games 2 and 3 before the injury. Markieff Morris started in place of Davis.

Devin Booker had a game-high 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the No. 2 Suns, who look to close out the seventh-seeded Lakers at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Phoenix, which led by as many as 36 points, committed only four turnovers and had 29 assists. The Suns also drew 23 points off the Lakers’ 16 turnovers.

LeBron James scored a team-high 24 points with five rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, who trailed, 36-66, at the half.

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