‘We have got a chance to do something special this year’ – Anthony Davis confident

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Anthony Davis said the Los Angeles Lakers “have a chance to do something special” after scoring 31 points to lead his team to a Game 2 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Davis made 13 of his 24 shots, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and pulled down 11 rebounds.

“We have got a chance to do something special this year,” Davis said. “All LeBron (James) and (Rajon) Rondo talk about is, ‘it doesn’t come around often’, when you have a great team that can compete for a championship. We want to take advantage of our opportunities and this team we have and try to reach our goal – that’s to win.

“We wanted to come out aggressive tonight and play with a sense of desperation – we did that. Guys made shots tonight and shot the ball with a lot of confidence. We played with a sense of urgency and were able to get the win.”

After being upset in the series opener, Davis revealed the Lakers fell back on a mantra that has motivated them all season and led them to the No 1 seed in the Western Conference.

“You never want to go down 0-2 in a series. Our mantra this entire season has been ‘never lose two in a row’ – that was our mindset coming into the game,” he said.

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