LeBron James, Anthony Davis are first Lakers duo to average 25 points in first 5 games since 2001
Now with six games under their belt this season, it is apparent that the new-formed partnership between LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers has been off to a tremendous start. So much so, that his pair has matched an early-season scoring record set by one of L.A.’s most dominant duos in the entire history of the franchise.
Since 2001, only two Lakers duos have averaged 25 PPG each through the first 5 games:
Shaq and Kobe
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This is certainly quite a complement for James and Davis, with the Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal era being one of the most historic partnerships not only for the Lakers organization, but for the entire NBA as well.
In his second season in L.A., LeBron has been absolutely balling for the Lakers thus far, averaging 25.5 points (on 47.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks, while also knocking down 1.5 3-pointers per ballgame. The career-high assists mark is perhaps the most noteworthy aspects of James’ play of late, and it certainly appears that the four-time MVP is loving life as the team’s primary playmaker.
For his part, Davis has been as good — if not even better — as advertised in his first six games for the Purple & Gold. The six-time All-Star is currently putting up 28.5 points (on 46.7 percent shooting), 11.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals, and 3.0 blocks in 35.2 minutes per ballgame. AD’s usage rate in L.A. is as high as ever, and considering how this should be the trend moving forward, we don’t see why he isn’t able to sustain (or even improve on) these numbers.
The dominance of LeBron and Davis was on full display against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, as the pair combined for 46 out of L.A.’s 103 points scored against the Spurs. James logged a very impressive triple-double (21 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists), while Davis produced yet another double-double (25 points, 11 rebounds) with six blocks. The Lakers emerged victorious against coach Gregg Popovich’s men, 103-96.