Anthony Davis’ Los Angeles Lakers were determined to entertain the home crowd in Game 6, but they had no intention of answering the Memphis Grizzlies’ chatter.
Instead, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, D’Angelo Russell, and the Lakers let their game-and their fans (including Jack Nicholson, present for the first time since the opening game in 2021-22)-do all the rest. The Lakers emphatically beat the Grizzlies, 125 to 85, in their most impressive wire-to-wire performance of 2022-23.
“People talk.”, said AD (16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 stoppages), who stopped the Grizzlies with masterful defense. “We go out and let our game speak for us, we just have to play basketball. If a guy talks constantly and nobody talks back to you, eventually he’s going to stop. I think that’s what happened.”.
AD on LeBron and the Lakers ignoring the Dillon Brooks noise:
“People are going to talk…We just go out and let our game talk and play basketball…If a guy’s constantly talking and you’re not saying anything back, they’re going to eventually stop. I think that’s what happened.” pic.twitter.com/XspWIqqsRi
– Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) April 29, 2023
Of course, Davis is referring to Ja Morant, who said the Grizzlies could “win the Western Conference,” and Dillon Brooks, who said he was looking forward to knocking the Lakers out of the playoffs and then called LeBron “old.”
The Grizzlies’ offense was as quiet as Crypto.com Arena was loud Friday. Overall, Memphis shot 30.2 percent from the field. Los Angeles with 53.8 percent.
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