By BRIAN MAHONEY
AP Basketball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis’ knee felt good. Once he gets his conditioning back, perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers can finally make a lengthy push. Davis scored ight points in 25 minutes after missing 17 games with a sprained left knee, helping the Lakers beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-96 on Tuesday night. Davis had not played since Dec. 17. The Lakers went 7-10 in his absence. Davis started at center. His return was a boost for a team that has played below expectations all season and is just 24-24, eighth in the Western Conference.