Updated: January 8, 2021 12:51:29 pm
A visit to Los Angeles proved to be simply what the San Antonio Spurs wanted to snap out of an early-season hunch.
Two nights after beating the Clippers to snap a four-game shedding streak, the Spurs picked up one other win at Staples Center on Thursday, this time defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109.
LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with a season-high 28 factors and was certainly one of 5 in double figures. Demar DeRozan added 19 factors and eight assists.
“He scored for us and he worked hard on D,” mentioned Spurs coach Gregg Popovich about Aldridge. :You know, he’s guarding Anthony Davis on the market. That’s a fairly robust job. So he performed a very good throughout sport.”
The Spurs had been 16 of 35 on 3-pointers after making 20 from past the arc towards the Clippers. Eight gamers made 3-pointers with Aldridge and Rudy Gay main the best way with three apiece.
Gay hit a pair of 3-pointers throughout a 9-2 run halfway by way of the fourth quarter that broke the sport open after Los Angeles had pulled inside 96-93 on Montrezl Harrell’s layup.
“We were sharing the ball. Once you get into a good rhythm shooting it is contagious. When guys share the ball we have nights like tonight,” DeRozan mentioned.
LeBron James had 27 factors and 12 assists whereas Davis added 23 factors and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who had their four-game successful streak snapped.
“We played a real poor defensive first half,” coach Frank Vogel mentioned. “We didn’t handle Aldridge well enough and as a result we got outplayed.”
The Lakers and Spurs have performed one another 3 times in 9 days with the highway group successful every time. Los Angeles took a pair final week in San Antonio.
San Antonio scored the primary 9 factors and led all the manner. Lonnie Walker IV’s jumper gave the Spurs a 84-74 lead within the third quarter earlier than the Lakers went on a 15-5 run to tie it. Harrell’s putback off Talen Horton-Tucker’s miss evened it at 89 with 1:04 remaining earlier than the Spurs regained management.
The Spurs largest benefit was 15 factors late within the first quarter and so they had been up 65-56 at halftime.
POPOVICH SOUNDS OFF
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who hasn’t held again in expressing his views about President Donald Trump, mentioned he believed Trump loved Wednesday’s rebel, the place a violent mob loyal to the President stormed the U.S. Capitol to delay Congress from certifying the outcomes of November’s election.
“I believe with all my heart that Trump enjoyed it,” Popovich mentioned 90 minutes earlier than tipoff. “They talked concerning the police and the way simple it was and the boundaries had been pulled and so they simply walked proper in. That doesn’t occur until there’s a wink and a nod someplace. That simply doesn’t occur. It’s by no means occurred at any protest anyone’s ever been to.
“That’s why I don’t think it’s so far fetched for people to start talking about the 25th amendment. We know it probably won’t happen.”
Players and coaches from each groups locked arms in a circle at midcourt through the nationwide anthem.
Spurs: Dejounte Murray added 18 factors and eight rebounds. … Drew Eubanks (well being and security protocols), Quinndary Weatherspoon (knee) and Derrick White (toe) had been inactive.
Lakers: Kyle Kuzma had 13 factors and 10 rebounds. … Los Angeles was 43 of 86 from the ground, marking the primary time in 36 video games it has misplaced when taking pictures a minimum of 50%. … The Lakers scored 66 factors within the paint, marking the second time this season they’ve scored a minimum of 60 factors inside. … Alex Caruso returned after being held out 5 video games as a result of league’s COVID-19 protocols and scored eight factors in 20 minutes. … Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed his third consecutive sport as a consequence of an ankle harm.
Spurs: Travel to Minnesota on Saturday for the primary of two straight video games towards the Timberwolves.
Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Friday night time. Los Angeles is 0-1 through the second sport of back-to-back video games.