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NBA: Lakers beat Pacers to win inaugural In-Season Tournament behind Davis' 41 points and 20 rebounds

By Sports Desk December 10, 2023

Anthony Davis had a monster game with season highs of 41 points and 20 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers, 123-109 on Saturday in Las Vegas to win the inaugural In-Season Tournament championship.

Davis shot 16 of 24 from the field and 9 of 13 from the foul line while adding five assists and four blocks.

Austin Reaves added 28 points and tournament MVP LeBron James had 24 and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, which didn’t put the game away until a 15-3 run late in the fourth quarter turned a 100-96 lead into a 115-99 advantage.

The game was the only one in the tournament that didn’t count in the standings, but there was still plenty at stake.

In addition to a trophy, Lakers players on standard two-way contracts each made $500,000 and the Pacers received $200,000 apiece.

Tyrese Haliburton had 20 points and 11 assists and Benedict Mathurin also scored 20 as the Pacers suffered their first tournament loss after six wins.

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