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Anthony Davis, LeBron James speak for Lakers in Sport 2 take over Suns to even series

Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic Published 1:14 a.m. ET May 26, 2021 | Updated 3:05 a.m. ET May 26, 2021CLOSE USA TODAY Sports' Mark Medina breaks down the Nuggets plan to slow down Damian Lillard. USA TODAYPHOENIX — LeBron James and Anthony Davis showed why they're two of the top five players in the NBA when…

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Duane Rankin, Arizona Republic
Printed 1: 14 a.m. ET Could 26, 2021 | Updated 3: 05 a.m. ET Could 26, 2021

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USA TODAY Sports' Ticket Medina breaks down the Nuggets map to decelerate Damian Lillard.

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PHOENIX — LeBron James and Anthony Davis showed why they're two of the tip 5 players in the NBA when it mattered most Tuesday.

With the Phoenix Suns erasing a 15-point deficit, the defending NBA champions had been at risk of falling in the back of 2-0 going back to Los Angeles.

Then James and Davis delivered.

Scoring a combined 57 aspects, the All-Important person duo made key performs down the stretch in the Los Angeles Lakers' 109-102 take ahead of a sellout crowd of 11,919 at Phoenix Suns Arena to knot the particular-of-7 series at 1-1.

Davis scored a recreation-high 34 while James added 23 as the Lakers responded to Sunday's Sport 1 loss in limiting the Suns to 30.8% taking pictures from 3. Sport 3 is Thursday in Los Angeles.

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With the Lakers up one, Davis made a weakside block on Deandre Ayton, who had the worthy shorter Alex Caruso defending him in the submit with 3: 15 left.

Ayton had passed up a shot earlier in the shot clock with Caruso on him. By the point he obtained it back, Davis rejected his shot. Ayton finest uncared for two shots all recreation.

On the following possession, James hit a jumper to accumulate the variation three, 95-92.

Then after Devin Booker uncared for a jumper, Davis made a 3 to attach the Lakers up 98-92 with 2: 15 left. James attach the closing touches on the Lakers' take with a 3 to lengthen their lead to 103-94 with 49.8 seconds left.

"That is what they originate," Lakers guard Dennis Schroder acknowledged of Davis and James.

Booker scored a team-high 31 as Chris Paul wasn't himself with the true shoulder pain he suffered in Sport 1. The 16-year inclined completed with six aspects in 23 minutes.

Paul performed perfect 5: 51 in the 2d half with perfect 2: 38 coming in the fourth. The 11-time All-Important person didn't play the closing seven minutes of the game.

Ayton went for 22 aspects on 11-of-13 taking pictures with 10 rebounds, while Paul's backup, Cameron Payne, added 19 aspects and a team-high seven assists.

The Suns trailed 63-48 early in the third as the Lakers opened the 2d half on a 10-1 drag, however Phoenix trimmed the lead all the style down to seven going into the fourth as Cam Johnson hit back-to-back 3s to shut the quarter.

Driving momentum, Phoenix got right here all of the means back to pick out the lead, 88-86, on an Ayton dunk with 6: 14 left.

A 3 by Marc Gasol attach the Lakers back up one, however Ayton all over again answered with a dunk to attach Phoenix back on top.

Alternatively, the Suns didn't safe every other field aim for the game's closing 4: 04 after Payne's pressure sliced the Lakers' lead to 1, 93-92.

Note Duane Rankin on Twitter @DuaneRankin.

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