Netease Sports reported on September 25:
September 25, Beijing time,
The performance of the Nuggets in the past two games has made the Lakers feel the threat of this opponent. Today, the Lakers are making changes. Howard and Davis start together, I believe it is to increase the intensity of the defensive end. Davis said after Game 3 that it is unacceptable for him to only have 2 rebounds a game.
Davis broke out in the opening hand, how he made his shots, and hit all five consecutive jumpers, almost taking the Lakers' points. The purpose of the Lakers' change is obvious. Their main attack point in the first quarter is focused on the Twin Towers. In addition to Davis, Howard also got a lot of opportunities.
The intention of the Lakers is clear to strengthen the inside line to liberate the outside line. Davis played the first quarter and scored 14 points on 6 of 6 shots. Although he still had no rebounds, Howard grabbed 8 of them.
In the second quarter, the Lakers opened the point difference to double digits. Davis made another jumper after he came on the court, and then caused a foul on the outside with Plumley and made three free throws. Although Davis did not grab rebounds, he was very active in interfering with the Nuggets' passing coordination on the defensive end, allowing the Lakers to get a lot of counterattack opportunities, even if they did not score, it would help them control the rhythm.
Davis scored 19 points and 3 steals on 7 of 10 shots in the half and had no rebounds. The Lakers did not lead much. At 9 minutes and 45 seconds of the third quarter, Davis hit a three-pointer, and then assisted Pope to hit an open three-pointer in the corner. But the Lakers weren't happy for long. After Howard was off the court, the quality of the Lakers' defense also declined significantly, giving the Nuggets a chance to chase points.
In the fourth quarter, the Nuggets continued to chase, LeBron and Davis made consecutive fouls at the basket and stood on the free throw line, playing very hard. At 8 minutes and 06 seconds, Davis layup against the opponent and fell to the ground, but still scored the ball and caused Jokic to commit 5 fouls. This goal is very critical.
But at 6 minutes and 44 seconds, he stepped on Millsapwei's foot during a jumper, and was immediately unable to get up with pain, which made the Lakers coach very worried. Fortunately, he recovered quickly, not only continued to play (a little lame), completed the free throw, and received the score in 6 minutes and 12 seconds.
The Lakers only led by 3 points in the last 3 minutes, and Davis also made a drop turnover. Fortunately, the Lakers defensively blocked the Nuggets' counterattack, and when Pope missed a three-pointer, Davis won the key frontcourt. The Lakers still led by 5 points in the last minute. The two sides entered the free throw battle. Davis was also sent to the free throw line and made two free throws. With Murray missing a three-pointer, Davis scored a rebound and the Lakers also struggled to win. .