Los Angeles Lakers: Davis and Horton-Tucker are ready for the moment

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Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles around a pick set by Anthony Davis #3 on Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

After another surprising and embarrassing loss, the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back with a win against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night. The final score, 114-106, was in large part due to Anthony Davis and returning shooting guard Talen Horton-Tucker.

Davis went off in the first quarter and secured 27 of his 34 total points in the first half. Meanwhile, Horton-Tucker, who has been sidelined by injury since the season began, scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting.

With LeBron James still injured, a lot of focus has been put on Davis and whether or not he can lead the team to victories. James has always been known as team captain and wisest player on the court.

Anthony Davis and Talen Horton-Tucker are ready for the moment and can lead the Los Angeles Lakers in LeBron James’ absence

However, based on the comments that Davis made after the team’s devastating loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, it was no surprise to see him take it upon himself to guide the squad.

According to the Los Angeles Times, coach Frank Vogel said that “Anthony wanted to impose his will on this game.” Davis’ dedication and spirit were seen throughout the game.

Not only did he rack up an insane 27 points in the first half, but he also achieved 15 rebounds and 6 assists on the night. As the game went on, chants of “MVP” were heard from the stands.

The typically-humble Davis spread praise around, particularly to Horton-Tucker, who started the game along with Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Avery Bradley.

Davis spoke highly of the returning young star to ESPN:

“I’m impressed. His first game and to come in and do what he did to help us win was huge and a sign of his hard work. A lot of guys usually come back and are kind of rusty, but he came in like he had been playing with us this whole time.”

Vogel wouldn’t say if Horton-Tucker will remain in the starting line-up. However, he did play much better in the Lakers’ loss to the Bulls last night, putting up 28 points, so he may have just earned that spot.

He and Davis will have to keep up their impressive level of output if they hope to keep the Lakers afloat during LeBron James’ absence. Despite their loss to Chicago last night, the Los Angeles Lakers are in good hands with Davis and Horton-Tucker.