LeBron James and Anthony Davis became the first Lakers duo since Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal to score 60 in NBA Finals as Lakers take 2-0 lead
James had 33 points, nine assists and nine rebounds, while Davis cashed in 32 points and 14 boards as the Lakers won game 2 of the NBA finals against the Miami Heat 124-114 taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
A short-handed Miami Heat had no answer to the Lakers' double threat and the James-Davis combo has put the Lakers in the driving seat in the series.
"Obviously being in high school and watching the Kobe-Shaq duo, it was the most dominant duo I have ever seen in my life from a basketball perspective," James said post-game.
To be in a conversation with those two guys... myself and AD, it's just very humbling, I grew up watching those guys and admiring Kobe - LeBron James
Two more wins would give the LA Lakers their 17th NBA championship, tying them up with the Boston Celtics for the most in NBA history.
In their first finals since 2010 Lebron and AD are leading the way, inspired by making Kobe proud and putting the Lakers back where they feel they belong.
At the height of the Kobe-Shaq supremacy the Lakers won three consecutive championships and the dominant duo scored 60 combined points five times: twice in 2000 and 2002, and once in 2001.
Now it's LeBron and AD stepping up to leave their legacy.
In the third quarter the Lakers star duo had a showdown about the team's defending.
“We just wanna hold each other accountable," Davis said later, "we both wanna create, we both want our guys to play great. We had some long comments on the defensive end, and we were both frustrated. We had multiple coverages on every possession tonight, and it was all piling just at that moment. We put it behind and just kept playing.”
“We do have those times when we hold each other accountable, but it all comes from a good place. We’re just two guys who want to win the game.” he added.
Dwyane Wade asked a big question after last night's game suggesting Davis might be “LeBron’s best teammate ever.”
LeBron James responded saying, “It’s a compliment to AD. He’s a big time player who understands how much our team needs him and he comes through.”
Game 3 up next tonight, Saturday, and the Heat will have to find a way to stop this Lakers dynamic duo.