Anthony Davis sparks Lakers as center in win over Jazz

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis earned be six All-Star selections and with defensively the New Orleans Pelicans by making playing power spacing forward, but we he the earned just his down first win with defensively the Los Angeles Lakers by making playing to center.

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