Lakers sit Anthony Davis against Golden State

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Russell was one of the few bright spots in Wednesday's game for Golden State.

The Lakers have a one-game lead over the Houston Rockets (8-3) and Utah Jazz (8-3) for the No.1 seed. His 39 years at Phoenix last night were the most successful in the franchise since April 14, 2009. Boston is on a nine-game winning streak after losing its season opener.

While the Lakers improved to 9-2 without Davis midweek, the star recruit has no plans for more rest.

LeBron James #23 is congratulated by Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers after scoring a basket against Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at Staples Center on October 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Golden State is a shadow of the franchise that made five straight NBA Finals appearances. While it's odd for fans to see a young Golden State team missing its star players - Klay Thompson is still recovering from an ACL injury, Steph Curry suffered a broken left hand earlier this season, and Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are either now with new teams or retired - James said he hasn't noticed. Russell had scored at least 30 points in each of his previous four contests.

National Basketball Association star Draymond Green is the only one left on the island.

But they're also getting good production from role players such as Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Alex Caruso.

In the paint, the Lakers outscored the Warriors 64-36.

The L.A. Lakers have won eight of 10 games this season and are now atop the Pacific Division standings.

Warriors: Host Boston on Friday, one of just two home games during a 10-game stretch that has them traveling from Houston to Minneapolis to New Orleans.

Coach Frank Vogel says Davis wanted to play the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday night, but the team decided otherwise.

Davis is averaging 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.2 blocks/steals per game while posting a team-best PER of 28.0.

Lakers AnalysisThe Los Angeles Lakers had their first loss since opening night on Sunday as the Toronto Raptors bested them 113-104.

With Paul George set to make his season debut Thursday, the Clippers are still the 2020 NBA Finals favorites.

He still seemed to defer a bit TOO frequently on offense at times and it should be fun to see if and when he potentially gets a green light similar to his run at the end of last season.

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