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Rajon Rondo’s 13-word message that motivated Lakers’ Anthony Davis for game-winning shot

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Apparently, Rajon Rondo of the Los Angeles Lakers handed out two game-winning assists on Sunday night which helped Anthony Davis knock down a buzzer-beating three to win Game 2 over the Denver Nuggets, 105-103.

Rondo was at the helm of the final inbounds play which gave AD the opportunity to make the game-winner. The 34-year old made a crucial bounce back to Davis with just two seconds to go which perfectly fell to Davis for a catch-and-shoot three. But per Davis, it was actually Rondo’s message before that final play which opened things up for the seven-time All-Star.

According to Playoff Faigen of SB Nation, Rondo had some encouraging words for Anthony Davis after Denver’s Nikola Jokic converted a huge go-ahead basket before LA’s final possession.

“That’s all right, he scored on you. Now you go get it back.” Rondo told Davis prior to his game-winner.

Davis also mentioned after the game that he and Rondo had locked eyes all-throughout that final inbound play and both of them made sure that it was Davis who was going to pull off the final counterpunch of the evening.

The former champion’s game-winning pass was his ninth assist of the evening to replicate his 9-assist performance in Game 1. “Playoff Rondo” has been in fully activated for LA as he’s been averaging 7.6 assists per game in 24.6 minutes in six playoff games for the Lakers so far inside the bubble. Like in any team he’s been on, Rondo has been a huge vocal leader both on and off the court and his leadership is definitely rubbing off on his younger teammates.