Lakers’ Anthony Davis drops mic, storms out of press conference

Anthony Davis had had enough.

The Lakers star wondered what Jamal Murray’s buzzer-beater gave the big man the game-winner on Monday night as the Nuggets erased a 20-point second-half deficit to win 101-99 and go up 2-0. I wasn’t in the mood to analyze in detail what had happened. They took the lead in the first round of the NBA playoff series.

Asked in his postgame press conference what happened on the final play, Davis simply replied, “Jamal Murray made the shot,” dropped his microphone on the table and walked away.

A member of the Lakers’ public relations staff apparently said, “Last question,” before asking a question.

Davis’ frustration comes after the Lakers blew a huge lead in a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Finals and had a chance to grab a split from the defending NBA champions in Denver.

Davis scored 32 points on 14-of-19 shooting and 11 rebounds, then guarded Murray on the final play, allowing Murray to pull back a 15-foot walk-off shot.

Murray also hit a 19-foot shot with 30 seconds left to tie the game at 99-99.

April 22, 2024, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray hits the winning shot against Lakers’ Anthony Davis in Game 2 of the first round. AP
Another view of Nuggets guard Jamal Murray’s winning shot over Lakers’ Anthony Davis. Getty Images

With about 15 seconds left, LeBron James missed Nocon’s 3-point shot and the Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. grabbed the rebound.

Denver elected not to take a timeout and Murray picked up the ball for the eventual winner.

“We got a stoppage. A tied game. Why keep them ready?” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the game. “Because when they were able to set up and switch everything, the ball was Because we might not even get to the inbounds. So we wanted to be able to flow in there and let our best players make plays.”

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray hugged head coach Michael Malone after hitting the game-winning shot. AP

Murray, who had 20 points and five assists, collapsed after shooting, and Davis tripped over Murray’s foot and fell backwards onto the Nuggets bench.

The Lakers led 68-48 with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but it crumbled.

James complained to the referees after the loss, but finished with 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds.

Current NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic had an incredible triple-double with 27 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals.