Lakers star Anthony Davis leaves game vs. Cavaliers early with flu-like symptoms

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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis left Tuesday night’s game in Cleveland in the opening minutes with flu-like symptoms.

Davis, late in the first quarter of their 116-102 loss to the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, was suddenly seen walking back to the locker room. He remained there as the second quarter started, and the team then quickly ruled him out with “flu-like symptoms.”

It’s unclear when the symptoms started, but Lakers coach Darvin Ham said after the game that Davis had a fever of over 101 degrees. The Lakers are in the midst of a six-game road trip, which will continue on Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. It’s unknown if Davis will be available.

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Davis finished Tuesday night with one point and three rebounds in eight minutes.

Davis entered the game on an incredible offensive tear. He scored 99 points combined in the Lakers’ last two outings, including a 55-point performance against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. He’s averaged 34.2 points and 15.4 rebounds while shooting better than 63% from the field over their last 10 games, too.

The Cavaliers, after entering the fourth quarter with just a one-point lead, erupted on a big 10-0 run late in the period to secure their 14-point win. Donovan Mitchell dropped 43 points and shot 17-of-27 from the field for Cleveland, which has now won three of its last four.

LeBron James led the Lakers with 21 points and 17 rebounds in the loss. Thomas Bryant, who started the second half in place of Davis, added 19 points and nine rebounds.

Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis left in the first quarter on Tuesday night and was quickly ruled out of the game in Cleveland with flu-like symptoms. (G Fiume/Getty Images)