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Anthony Davis, LeBron James trolled Spike Lee after Lakers beat Knicks


Anthony Davis had fun taunting Spike Lee after the Lakers won a physical overtime battle against the Knicks on Tuesday night.

Following an electric performance at home that left him admittedly “hurting,” Davis relished in the moment when he had a post-game stare-down with Lee. The big man — while celebrating the crucial win with LeBron James, who missed the matchup to rest his right ankle — mocked Lee by pretending he couldn’t hear him.

The duo made it known that they’ve heard the loud buzz around the Knicks, who are now tied with the Hawks and Heat at No. 6 in the Eastern Conference after the loss. New York entered the game having won 13 of its last 16 games.

After Los Angeles pulled away in overtime, cameras caught Davis smirking, with his hand up to his ear, while a poker-faced Lee looked his way. Meanwhile, James followed suit with his own cryptic stare at Lee, who was decked out in Knicks blue and orange.

Davis, who is still getting acclimated after missing nine weeks due to injury, finished the night with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes of action. In a post-game press conference, Davis said his groin tightened up against New York’s elite defense.

Tuesday’s victory marked back-to-back wins for the Lakers, who overcame the Suns, 123-110, on Sunday night. The overtime win moved L.A. one game behind both the Blazers and Mavericks as they try and shake the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference – and avoid the dreaded play-in tournament.

“We’re a very confident ball club,” Davis said after the game. “Injuries kind of held us back this season… when we play Laker basketball, we can compete with anybody and if that means playing in the play-in to get in the playoffs… we’re fine with that. It makes for a better story anyway.”

James is slated to return to the lineup on Wednesday when the Lakers play the Rockets at home — the same night the reigning champions will enjoy their banner ceremony. James has missed 25 out of the last 27 games while recovering from a high right ankle sprain he sustained in March.

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