The first year Laker completely dominated the Jazz, posting 42 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and a block in an all-around dazzling 39 minutes of basketball.
On both ends of the court, Davis was the centerpiece of the action. He brought the ball up court, running pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. He shot eight threes, converting on four of them. He got to the free-throw line, making 12-of-15 attempts. He clogged passing lanes on defense and didn’t let anyone penetrate the paint.
Perhaps haunted by a lackluster 2-of-7 shooting performance against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, Davis was an artillery cannon in the first quarter Monday, taking 14 shots in the opening period. He took 14 more shots in the final three quarters once more shooters entered the rotation, instead taking two-time reigning defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert’s full attention away from other Lakers.