NBA Fans Hype LeBron James Lakers beat Pascal Siakam, Anthony Davis praises Raptors

The Lakers needed a huge performance from their stars Tuesday night to combat rising criticism and rumors surrounding Darvin Ham's employment position.

Anthony Davis exceeded expectations.

Davis scored 41 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Lakers to a 132-131 triumph over Toronto. 

The All-Star big man made eight critical free throws in the last minute to help the Lakers slow the Raptors.

After the game, LeBron James, who scored 22 points, 12 assists, and five rebounds, praised Davis: 

Given that James frequently serves as the de facto point guard regardless of who he shares the court with, moving the defensively challenged Russell to the bench

Back-to-back wins over the Raptors and Clippers got the Lakers back to.500 and may quell Ham's rumors of being fired.

The Athletic's Sam Amick stated that controlling governor Jeanie Buss, the coach's biggest supporter, still likes Ham.

However, narrowly returning to.500 is far below the Lakers' preseason projections. 

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