“We’re going to live with me (and) die with me shooting the last winning shots – and I did.” That’s why they brought me here, to play big games. ”
Davis’ heroics put him alongside six other Lakers who capped a playoff victory with a buzzer-beater. The group includes a trio of franchise icons in Kobe Bryant, Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, as well as revered actors from Robert Horry, Derek Fisher and Metta World Peace.
Fittingly, the Lakers wore their alternative “Black Mamba” jerseys in Sunday’s victory in tribute to Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26.
About the symbolism, Davis said, “(We) never want to lose in these jerseys. We never want to lose at all. ”
Lakers head coach Frank Vogel agreed with his big star man.
“We want to be what Kobe Bryant stood for and honor his memory,” Vogel told reporters after the game. “Obviously there are some games where we’re going to feel it more than others. When we have this uniform, I think we feel it more than others.
“It’s a blow that Kobe Bryant was going to strike. For me, AD comes off, just flies on the wing like that, catches and shoots with the game in play in the biggest moment of our season – nothing but clean, Mamba shot. ”
Davis, 27, was the toast of the game, often confusing opposing Nuggets center Nikola Jokic – a superstar in his own right – with a rare combination of size, skill and athleticism. Davis’ record of 31 points in Game 2 follows a monster of 37 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1.
Following Davis’ play – along with contributions from MVP finalist LeBron James, as well as former All-Stars turned role-players Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard supporting the Lakers bench unit – the team now benefits of a command Serial cable 2-0.
The Nuggets can take comfort in knowing that overcoming a 2-0 series deficit is a relative walk in the park versus returning from a 3-1 hole, a feat they’ve accomplished twice in the playoffs already. .
However, James’ teams never fell in a streak after taking a 2-0 lead.