After his huge performance in the NBA's reopening night, Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis wasn't concerned about whether Thursday's 103-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers was a preview of things to come this postseason.
"I'm worried about my team, and that's the Lakers," Davis told reporters postgame. "We can't control what other teams do, how they play, and what they're gonna do. So we only can control what we can control - and that's how hard we play and going out there and competing every night."
Davis, 27, shouldered the Lakers' offensive load in their final regular-season meeting with their crosstown rivals, dropping a game-high 34 points with eight rebounds and four assists. The perennial All-Star also shot 16-of-17 from the free-throw line.
Thursday's result evened the season series after the Clippers beat the Lakers on opening night in October and in the teams' marquee Christmas Day matchup. The Lakers' other win came on March 8, just three days before the NBA halted its season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Clippers outscored the Lakers by just four combined points - 427 to 423 - across the four meetings.