Anthony Davis took the blame for his lackluster performance as the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 90-99 loss to the Phoenix Suns in Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first-round series.
Davis scored just 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting to go with 7 rebounds and 3 blocks and recorded a plus-minus of -18 in 39 minutes of play.
Those numbers were a far cry from his regular season averages of 21.8 points and 7.9 rebounds.
Also, Davis normed 27.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in his last six games, with five of those ending in wins for the Lakers.
“There is no way we’re winning a game, let alone a series, with me playing the way I played,” Davis said.
“This is on me. I take full responsibility.”
While Davis struggled to find his rhythm, his Suns counterpart DeAndre Ayton had himself a scintillating playoff debut.
Ayton dominated the paint, churning out 21 points on a near-perfect 10-of-11 clip from the field and grabbing a game-high 16 rebounds.
Despite getting outplayed, Davis vowed to bounce back as the Lakers look to knot the best-of-seven series at 1-1.
“I’m not too worried about my performance. I know I’ll be better, I know we’ll be better,” Davis said.
If it is any consolation, the Lakers lost the series-openers of their first two Western Conference playoff matchups last season en route to capturing the NBA championship. – Rappler.com