Lakers without ailing Davis for Bulls matchup

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis was held out of Friday night’s 117-115 win over the Chicago Bulls because of a right adductor strain.

“It was sore today and tight, and [we] wanted to see how it felt when he was moving around on the court and it didn’t really loosen up,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game. “So that’s a cause for concern, and we wanted to make sure we played it safe, so he’s not going to be in tonight.”

It was the second time Davis sat out through the Lakers’ first 10 games of the season.

Davis, a perennial All-Star who signed a max contract extension during the offseason, is averaging 22.4 points and 9.1 rebounds this season, a slight dip in production from his maiden season in L.A. in 2019-20. However, he has enjoyed better efficiency, shooting a career-best 40% from 3-point range and watching his overall field goal percentage jump from 50.3% to 52.9%.

The game against the Bulls was the second night of a back-to-back for the defending champions, who lost to the San Antonio Spurs 118-109 on Thursday, snapping a four-game winning streak.

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