Lakers prima Anthony Davis sat astatine his locker aft his team's 111-110 nonaccomplishment to nan Mavericks Friday and took nan blasted for nan loss.
Mavericks guardant Maxi Kleber made a game-winning 3-pointer pinch 0.2 seconds remaining. Before Kleber's shot, Davis was astatine nan free propulsion statement pinch conscionable nether 7 seconds left.
Davis made 1 of his 2 foul changeable attempts, expanding nan Lakers' lead to two, alternatively of three.
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Anthony Davis (3) of nan Los Angeles Lakers boxes retired during a crippled against nan Dallas Mavericks March 17, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
With 7.2 seconds left, Davis was called for a foul against Kleber connected a 3-point attempt. Kleber went to nan foul statement and made each 3 of his free throws to trim nan Lakers' lead to one.
"I already came successful and told them nan past play was my fault," Davis said aft Friday's game. The eight-time All-Star has taken blasted for respective Lakers games this season.
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The Lakers fell to 34-37 connected nan season. A triumph would person boosted nan team's playoff chances because 2 teams up of them — the Warriors and Timberwolves — some lost.
"It's reliable each nan measurement crossed nan board," Davis, who scored 26 points, said.
Mavs superstar Luka Doncic sat retired of nan crippled pinch an injury. The triumph pushed nan Mavs into nan sixth spot successful nan conference.
Anthony Davis (3) of nan Los Angeles Lakers defends during a crippled against nan Dallas Mavericks March 17, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
Wenyen Gabriel, who had 9 points and 11 rebounds disconnected nan bench, said he still believes successful Davis.
"I mean, AD is our leader," Gabriel said. "He's our champion subordinate correct now, and that conscionable shows that taking accountability arsenic being nan champion player.
"That's thing that's important for nan continuity arsenic a squad and having spot successful each other, and evidently we spot AD. That was conscionable a moment. It's evidently not conscionable connected AD, but him taking accountability for that is thing that is important alternatively of pointing fingers successful position of chemistry going forward."
Anthony Davis of nan Los Angeles Lakers during a crippled against nan Dallas Mavericks March 17, 2023, astatine Crypto.Com Arena successful Los Angeles. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
The Lakers play nan Orlando Magic Sunday astatine Crypto.com Arena.
The Lakers had a slow commencement to nan play and are fighting to get into nan postseason. The squad will request Davis to play astatine a precocious level, particularly arsenic LeBron James continues to woody pinch a ft injury.
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Los Angeles played good aft nan All-Star break, winning six retired of 8 games. But nan squad has mislaid 3 retired of its past 4 games.
"We're missing our opportunities, for sure. It's frustrating," Davis said.
Chantz Martin is simply a sports writer for Fox News Digital.